Films and Interactive Displays
There are various interactives in all galleries and tactile objects too they include:
•The Time Machine – dressing up clothes for children.
•Sunderland Pottery – an audio track describes the conditions of the pottery workers in Victorian times.
•Secrets of the Past – an audio track describes the burial remains found at Hastings Hill. The gallery includes several items open to touch including a stratigraphy wall showing archaeological finds in layers.
• Coal – subtitled film drama describing the life of children working in the mines during Victorian times.
•Winter Gardens – the pond and stream edgings are highlighted with white strips. A range of plant materials such as fruits and seeds are open to touch on the Treetop Walk. An audio tour for visually impaired visitors is available at reception.
• 20th Century Sunderland – soundtracks with subtitles describe the lives of four Sunderland women at different times during the 20th Century.
• Lost Worlds – several fossils are on open display.
•Worlds Alive – there is a film of wild animals with a soundtrack of animal sounds.
•Art Gallery – a touch screen computer and audio guide give information about the life and work of the artist LS Lowry. There is a tactile version of the oil painting Dockside, Sunderland.
• Launched on Wearside – two model ship hulls with Braille labels.
Special Exhibitions, Events and Learning Family Activities
Throughout the year, the Museum holds a wide variety of exhibitions, events and activities. For further information please contact us.