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Museum funding cuts may affect opening hours

Tyne & Wear Museums may have to cut opening hours to the Discovery Museum and the Laing Gallery, reduce its community learning programme, and charge for some services, because of a proposed reduction in its funding from Newcastle Council.

The council is removing all its funding of the Great North Museum (formerly the Hancock) and the Hatton Gallery over the next two years, and halving its funding of the Discovery Museum, Laing Gallery and Tyne & Wear Archives, all because of budget cuts.

The museums service will open a consultation on February 1st but says it will not start charging for entry to its core collections.

'The Curious Case Of...' display at the Great North Museum

A new exhibition goes on display at Newcastle's Great North Museum, researched an curated entirely by young people. 'The Curious Case Of...' explores the stories behind a range of different objects, and how they ended up at the museum.

They include a pair of shoes from Turkey, a nose flute from New Zealand and a hunter's knife from Borneo. Those behind the project are aged between 17 and 24, and their aim is to inspire other people to engage in discussions about the items, both verbally and online.

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Lego city helps planners

A new Lego city is being built at the Great North Museum in Newcastle using more than 100,000 plastic bricks. Over the next month members of the public will be able to add buildings to the city. The project will help planners know what people want their ideal cities to look like.