Behind-the-scenes tours

Uncover the stories behind a selection of works in our painting collection




Visitor information

Under normal circumstances, U3A members would organise a 'behind-the-scenes' tour with members of the public and take them into in the Shipley stores.

The gallery closure has meant this is not possible therefore U3A have kindly given us the scripts from some of their tours, to help our visitors enjoy our collections from home. 


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Gateshead U3A’s Art Appreciation Group is volunteer led and supported by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum’s.

Visitor review August 2019

"May I say a big thank you to the volunteer guides who undertook so much research on the theme of 'Water' in order to provide such a thoughtfully varied and well-informed tour around the stacks, plus looking after us all with care and consideration. The refreshments provided at the end were very much appreciated, too, and gave a few of us an opportunity for further discussion, a real bonus! "