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My HOMEPAGE for Newcastle Upon Tyne, County Durham and Northumbria 39. Newcastle (9) MUSEUM of the NORTH

THE HANCOCK MUSEUM

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One of the great museums of the North England covering much of the history of Northumbria-Northumberland.

The Great North Museum: Hancock, is FREE and well worth a visit!

See also The Discovery Museum, Newcastle and the History of Tyneside

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The entrance to the Hancock Museum of the North. The Hancock Museum, Barras Bridge, was designed in 1878 by John Wardle. Very 'Dobsonian' according to Pevsner! with Dobson's Doric pilasters, heavy attic, and the pre-Victorian early 19th century sanserif capital letters of the buildings title.

 

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Natural history exhibits

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: A very large stuffed elephant!

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Moose or red deer?, wolf and penguin

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Butterfly collection

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Gemstones, rocks and minerals

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: A good variety of plant and animal fossils

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Fossil of giant tree fern from the carboniferous swamps of 320 million years ago.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: The model of Hadrian's Wall stretching right across one of the exhibition galleries.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Many prehistoric objects on display from the Neolithic age, bronze age and iron age.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Prehistoric cup and ring stone from the Neolithic or bronze age?

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Examples of prehistoric pottery e.g. grooved ware from the British Neolithic period (the 'new stone age'), also some gold objects from the same period (detail below)

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Prehistoric gold objects

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Bronze age shield

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: A lot metal working went into making this decorative bronze age shield.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Neolithic or bronze age querns for grinding grain, the grain is ground up by rubbing-crushing the grain with small stone over the surface of the larger quernstone.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Some of the many fine Roman exhibits e.g. tombstones and memorial stones. This altar is dedicated to the Roman goddess of fate, Fortuna, a dedication by Julius Severinus on completion of the bath-house at Risingham, found by archaeologists in Risingham fort.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Two examples of Roman tombstones. Left: Tombstone of Aurelia Aureliana set up by her husband in the middle of the 3rd century AD, found on Gallows Hill, Carlisle. Right Fragment of a tombstone found near Housesteads Fort.

 

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Roman relief exhibit in the Great North Museum: Hancock

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: A building stone from High Rochester Fort marking the work of the Sixth Legion. building stone of the 20th Legion Valeria Victrix decorated with the warrior gods Mars and Hercules. The boar, the symbol of the Twentieth Legion is at the bottom of the stone.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Building stone from Halton Chesters Fort, late 2nd century AD. AVC stands for ?

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Roman cooking equipment. Roman soldiers were issued with basic cooking equipment and cooked for themselves in their barrack rooms.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Left: Tombstone of Marcus Aurelius Victor, found at Chesters Fort.

He is portrayed as a cavalryman, but the horse looks more like a mule!

Right: Amphora (storage pot from southern Spain) found on Hadrian's Wall

 

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Two altar stones dedicated by the 6th legion where found in the River Tyne near Newcastle Fort where the Roman Bridge (Pons Aelius) once stood, an important northern river crossing. One is dedicated to the river god Neptune and shows his symbol of a trident, the other is dedicated to the sea god Oceanus and shows an anchor.

 

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A statue head found at the Temple to Antenociticus, near Benwell Fort.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: This altar stone is dedicated to Mithras by Publius Aelius Titullus, found at Rudchester Mithraeum

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: A relief showing Mithras killing the bull as an act of creation, found at Housesteads Mithraeum

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Relief showing Mithras being born from the Cosmic Egg, found in Housesteads Mithraeum. Most legends of Mithras's birth tell of him being born from the living rock, but the story of his birth from the Cosmic Egg myth was preferred by those worshippers from the Eastern Provinces. The egg is decorated with the signs of the Zodiac.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Moving well on from the Romans and into an important Celtic Christian era, fragment of a shaft section of the Rothbury Cross from around 800 AD. On one face a haloed Christ holds a book (not depicted here, but on the back is the scene of the raising of Lazarus.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Beautifully decorated pottery from Etruscan tombs

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Nike, goddess of victory, is often shown crowing successful athletes with a garland. She is also associated with military victory and is portrayed on coins or monuments celebrating a successful campaign. Rather a good choice of brand name for a well know high street chain of sportswear shops!

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Etruscan pottery?

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Greek painted pottery from an Etruscan tomb - an Attic red-figure amphora showing a departing warrior by the Achilles Painter, around 440 BC.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Pottery from Etruscan tombs, but painted by skilled Greek artists, only the best for rich Etruscans!

 

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: And now for something completely different! A set of Japanese armour and a selection of long and short samurai swords of that most distinct warrior class!

 


Hancock Museum of the North: The Pharaoh Egyptian exhibition of 2011

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Hancock Museum of the North: Mummy portraits, funerary masks.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: The mummy and coffin of Irtyru dating from between 664-525 BC. She was found at Qurneh of the wesr bank of the River Nile.

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Hancock Museum of the North: Left:?; Right: Figurine of Isis holding her child.

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Fragment of mummy cartomage depicting Osiris

 


PHARAOH - KING of EGYPT Exhibition 2011

Hancock Museum of the North: Gneiss sphinx statue of Pharaoh Amenemhat IV, 1808-1799 BC.

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Re-carved granite temple relief, originally dated to 1874-1855 BC. Pharaoh Senusret III was eclipsed 600 later by Pharaoh Rames II (1279-1213 BC) by recarving the hard stone not readily available.

 

 

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Left: Gold plated silver figurine of the god Amun-Ra (1069-727 BC, from Karnak, Thebes, Egypt). Right: Limestone foundation deposit of Nebwennef (dated 1295-1186 BC, from mortuary temple of Nebwennef, Thebes, Egypt)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Bronze statue of a pharaoh kneeling before the Apis Bull (664-332 BC, Egypt)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Sandstone stela depicting Alexander the Great and the Buchis Bull (332-323 BC).

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Sandstone stela from the reign of Pharaoh Ptolemy II (284-246 BC, Armant, Egypt)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Inlaid ornament of a winged scarab holding a sun-disc (1880-1874 BC, Egypt).

Hancock Museum of the North: Gold signet ring with the name of Pharaoh Amenhotep II (1427-1400 BC)

 

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Left: Sandstone head of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II (2055-2004 BC, Temple of Mentuhotep II, Deir el-Bahri, Thebes, Egypt); Right: Faience tile of a captive Libyan chief (1184-1153 BC, Tell el-Yahudiya)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Limestone stela of Tjetji, 2125-2055 BC from Thebes, Egypt

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Red granite temple inscription (1279-1213 BC, Bubastis, Egypt). Beneath the cartouches of Pharaoh Ramses II is a row of bound human figures - prisoners!

 

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Limestone doorjamb from the original tomb of General Horemheb (1323-1295 BC, from Saqqara, Egypt)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: The Great Harris Papyrus (1184-1153 BC, Thebes, Egypt) documents the achievements of Pharaoh Ramses III in his successful campaigns against the Libyans.

 

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Left: Part of a granite statue of Pharaoh Ramses II, 1279-1213 BC. Right: Gold finger ring with steatite stone scarab (945-924 BC, ? Egypt). The names of the Libyan Pharaoh Sheshonq I appear on the scarab.

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Basalt fragment of a water clock (323-317 BC, Tell el-Yahudiya, Egypt)

 

 

 

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Left: Two bronze figurines of the goddess Isis and her son Horus (664-332 BC)

 

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Hancock Museum of the North: Limestone relief of Ptolemy I offering to Hathor, 305-282 BC (from the Temple of Hathor, Kom Abu Billo, Egypt)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Gold plaque of Pharaoh Amenemhat IV offering to Atum 1808-1799 BC, Byblos, Lebanon)

 

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Left: Bronze figurine of a pharaoh in ritual offering pose (664-332 BC, Egypt). Right: Bronze figurine of Pharaoh Tuthmosis IV (1400-1390 BC, Egypt)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Limestone stela of Pharaoh Tuthmosis IV offering to Amun-Ra and Ahmose-Nefertari (1295-1186 BC, Deir el-Medina, Egypt).

 

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Left: Pottery wine jar (1338-1294 BC, Egypt). Right: Limestone stela of Neferhotep (1295-1186 BC, Karnak, Thebes, Egypt)

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Limestone stela (1504-1295 BC, from Temple of Mentuhotep II, Seir el-Bahri, Thebes, Egypt

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Granite statue of the god Ra-Horakhty, 1279-1213 BC, from the Tell el-Maskhuta, Egypt.

 

Hancock Museum of the North: Limestone ostracon depicting Pharaoh Ramses IX, 1126-1108 BC, from the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt

 

The Street Cafe in The Great North Museum: Hancock


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The memorial to the great engineer and industrialist Armstrong below the entrance to the Hancock Museum.

 

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Building and arming warships for the British fleet.

 

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 The Swing Bridge over the River Tyne, the road-rail High Level Bridge of Stephenson and a paddle steam underneath.

 

See also The Discovery Museum, Newcastle and the History of Tyneside

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