Forging a Partnership; Links with British Museum Reinforced

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Byline: Tony Henderson

THE growing link between the British Museum and the North East was reinforced yesterday.

Seventeen trustees of the British Museum are spending two days visiting museums and galleries in the region.

The trip is part of an ongoing partnership which brings treasures from the British Museum's collection to the region.

Venues on the tour include Newcastle's newest attraction, the Great North Museum: Hancock, and Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum in Wallsend.

On show at Segedunum from the British Museum until October 4 is a marble bust of the Emperor Hadrian which was found at the Villa Adriana, Hadrian's country residence near Tivoli, outside Rome. In 2007 a bronze head of Hadrian, also from the British Museum, was exhibited at the fort and drew 8,000 visitors.

Currently on display at the Great North Museum is also one of the British Museum's star attractions, Lindow Man - the well preserved body of First Century individual which was found in a Cheshire peat bog. s

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is part of the British Museum's Partnership UK scheme, which enables the North East organisation to stage collaborative exhibitions and projects and to display spectacular loans.

Playwright and author Bonnie Greer, deputy chairman of the Trustees of the British Museum, said: "Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and the British Museum have collaborated on more than 20 partnership projects in recent years. …