#MuseumWeek aims to provide an insight into the UK and Europe’s leading museums, and the people that run them.

The Twitter event is taking place from 24-30 March and aims to provide a behind-the-scenes look at how museums across Europe operate and what the general public don’t usually get to see. Some of the oldest and largest museums #MuseumWeekare contributing to the Twitter event, including; Tate, The British Library, National History Museum, and the Royal Academy.

An incredible variety of museums are taking part in #MuseumWeek over the course of the week, ranging from the fascinating to the bizarre, huge international organisations to unknown local treasures. Here’s just a few of our slightly unusual favourites:

Oxford Lepidoptera (Moths/Butterflies) – Tweets from Molly and Gina working on the Lepidoptera Project in the Hope Entomological Collections at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Leatherback Turtle – I’m a leatherback turtle living in St Agnes Musuem, Cornwall.

Rayleigh Windmill – Grade II listed building, over 200 years old. Award-winning tourist attraction, accredited museum and popular venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.

As our way of getting involved in #MuseumWeek we’ve put together a list of a few museums in the north east, some of which you will know about but others you may not have heard of…

  • Ankers House – Adjoining the parish church in Chester-le-Street this building was home to an Anker/Anchorite (religious recluse) for hundreds of years and was established in the 14th century. The building itself is the main attraction, however it also contains various medieval objects left by previous inhabitants.
  • Lindisfarne Priory – The priory was home to the Lindisfarne Gospels and the site of grisly Viking attacks. Sitting offshore on Holy Island it can be reached by a causeway at low tide, itself considered an attraction by many.
  • Captain Cook Birthplace Museum – The museum opened in 1978 marking the 250th anniversary of Cook’s birth. Since opening it has undergone a number of refurbishments and modernisation, as well as winning a variety of awards for its displays and visitor service.
  • Oriental Museum (Durham) – The Oriental Museum is dedicated entirely to art and archeology of the Orient. Visitors can view a variety of galleries covering areas of China, Ancient Egypt, Korea, Japan, India, Tibet, the Islamic World and South East Asia.

For more information and to follow on updates from museums across the UK and Europe, search for #MuseumWeek on Twitter.

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