A new exhibition opens this weekend at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, charting the social and artistic aspects of footwear over the centuries.
The exhibition comes from the Victoria and Albert Musuem in London and is the only venue outside the capital, before the items are taken to the USA and China.
It charts two thousand years of footwear, from a pair used for foot binding in China, to a modern trainer selection.
Helen Ford reports:
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough is getting a £500,000 refurbishment.
A new exhibition and education space will open next year - ahead of the 250th anniversary of the explorer's first voyage, which will be celebrated in 2018.
The proposed works will see refurbishment of the Middlesbrough museum’s first floor, alongside the creation of a new temporary exhibition gallery within the main exhibition galleries.
The award – administered by Arts Council England – will also enable the development of new artefact, archive and handling collections and resources to enhance the museum’s existing Cook collections.
The works are expected to take place during the museum’s winter closure period, with completion in time for re-opening in April, 2017.
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said:
Visitors to Tyne and Wear museums over the festive period have enjoyed a surprising amount of sprouts.
Restaurants in the museums served a record 2,446 in the past six weeks.
Adrian Stanton, 32, and Justin Clarke, 31, are both charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.
Charmane Wilkes, 27, and Fallon Arrowsmith, 19, have been charged with assisting an offender.
All four are set to appear at Peterlee Magistrates court. Artefacts worth around £2m were stolen from the museum last month but later recovered.
Two cars suspected of having been used by the burglars who stole two artefacts worth around £2m from the Oriental Museum in Durham have been seized by police.
Intruders smashed a hole in the wall of the Malcolm MacDonald gallery at the Oriental Museum in Elvet Hill, Durham on April 5.
They made off with a solid jade bowl dating from 1769 and a Dehua porcelain figurine, both from the Qing Dynasty.
Police said today they were recovered from a field in the Brandon area, a few miles South of Durham city and that neither were damaged.
Four men and one woman have been arrested.
One of those arrestes, Lee Wildman, 35, remains at large and police would like to trace and interview him again.
They also want to trace 32-year-old Adrian Stanton, an associate of Wildman who is also from Walsall.
Detective Superintendent Adrian Green said: "We have a number of active lines of enquiry, one of which concerns the Audi car which was in the Brandon and Meadowfield areas during the days leading up to the burglary."
Three people have been arrested as part of the hunt for thieves who stole two Chinese artefacts from Durham University's Oriental Museum.
The woman and two men, from the West Midlands, are in custody in the Midlands and will be transported to Durham for questioning.
Two Qing Dynasty artefacts are said to be worth at least two million pounds.
Police say three men were seen acting suspiciously in the Gallery on thursday afternoon, hours before the theft. Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police.
Thieves have made off with two rare artefacts from Durham's Oriental Museum.
The break in took place at the museum in Elvett Hill at around 10pm on Thursday. A Chinese jade bowl and a porcelain sculpture were taken.
The museum has now been closed for the Bank Holiday weekend and until further notice. Detectives are appealing for information from anyone who was in the area at that time.
A rare coin of Prince Henry, the Earl of Northumberland, minted when Northumberland was ruled by Scotland, will go on display in Newcastle.
The silver penny is in excellent condition. It was discovered by Brian Gray with a metal detector near Alnwick, Northumberland.
It was bought by the Society of Antiquaries and will go on show at the Great North Museum: Hancock in the Explore! Gallery. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am -5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm and entry is free.