The Friends of Discovery Museum

Discovery is a fantastic science museum and local history museum situated in an old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House. Opening in 1899, it quickly became an iconic building in Newcastle city centre. Blandford House became a museum in 1978 and was re-launched as Discovery Museum in 1993.

The Friends (FODMs) are a group of kindred spirits who take a keen interest in the technical and social history of the North East of England. This interest covers the industries, organisations and people of the Region, the artefacts associated with them and a bygone way of life.

FODMs involve themselves in various ways at the museum, ranging from running the engines in the science gallery, acting as science "explainers" in the museum and running behind the scenes tours.

We support the Museum by involving ourselves in the maintenance and repair of the exhibits, particularly the more complex machinery, organising lectures and talks on subjects of a general technical interest and visits to local and regional sites of special technical historic interest.  We undertake special projects involving the displays and galleries at the Museum and research and collect artefacts on specific technical sectoral activities, both past and present, in the Region.

The Friends are keen to become involved in projects to win ‘hearts and minds’ of young persons to inspire them to take up a career in science, technology or engineering and we have hosted the annual ‘Young Engineers Design and Technology’ competition for schoolchildren to demonstrate their design and construction skills for a number of years.

The group meets regularly at the Museum and anyone who has an interest in the science and technology base of the Region, and who wishes to become actively involved, will be welcomed.

Get in touch via email at to let us know of your particular interests and your willingness to become involved.


  • Forthcoming talk on History and Technology at Discovery Museum on Tuesday 13th February 2018

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  • Restoring Sir Charles Parsons' Resting Place

    There is a current crowdfunding campaign to restore the final resting place of Sir Charles and Lady Katharine Parsons

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  • Chairman's Christmas Message

    Friends and fellow members of FODM’s, I should like to wish you warmest greetings for the coming festive season

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  • FODMs Chrsitmas Gathering

    Diary date for Friends of Discovery Museum

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  • FODMs AGM Tuesday 27th June 12.00pm

    The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Discovery Museum will take place at 12-00 noon in the Turbinia Room (4th Floor) at the Discovery Museum

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  • Energising Exhibits

    FODMs members currently run engines and carry out repairs and maintenance of exhibits and equipment within the museum.

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  • FODMs Appeal for Volunteers

    We are a small group of retired, young at heart, enthusiastic individuals who use our collective engineering knowledge and experience providing support to Newcastle’s Discovery Museum.

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  • 2017 Membership Renewal

    Note from The Secretary :

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  • FODMs Spring Bulletin

    FODMs Spring Bulletin has been sent out to members - you can read it online here

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  • Motor Cycles - Special Interest Group?

    Following the publication of my reminiscences last year on the motorcycling activities just around the corner from Discovery on Westgate Road

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