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Last of Black Gate material goes to saleroom

After strenuous efforts by Lindsay Allason-Jones and her helpers, most of the artefacts, furniture, and pictures that had built up in the Black Gate during our long tenure have been found new homes on permanent loan. A catalogue of where everything has gone is in preparation, and will be included on this website when ready.

A number of miscellaneous items, ranging from office furniture to an iron trunk, have been sent to Millers' Salerooms in Byker for auction in early June. Click here for a list of these. Millers holds general sales every Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 am, with viewings every Sunday 10 am to 12 noon, Mondays & Tuesdays 9.30 am to 4 pm. Sale listings available after 5 pm every Friday.  See the Millers website for further details.

The only objects now remaining without a home are a set of 17th century chairs and a 'secretary's chair'; if anyone knows of an institution which might like them, please let us know!


 New Inscripta website

Our President Lindsay Allason-Jones, Glyn Goodrick and Federico Santangelo have launched the website Inscripta - an on-line educational resource to help people learn to read Romano-British inscriptions using the Great North Museum collection and funded by the Higher Education Academy. The website provides an introduction to, and an online seminar on, about fifty Latin inscriptions. The information on each inscription features an image, the Latin text, an English translation, audio files with the recordings of Latin and English texts, some general information on the chronology and archaeological context, and – as appropriate – some general comment on the historical significance of the inscription. The material is broadly divided into three categories: building inscriptions, altars, and tombstones.

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