Shiver Me Timbers


Shiver Me Timbers: Pirates on Page, Stage and Screen has anchored in The Word until early 2018!

Come and feast your eyes on some of the most iconic pirates in this swashbuckling exhibition which is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Sponsored by Port of Tyne, this immersive exhibition transports you through the past few centuries exploring piracy! Casting all the way back to 1719 when English novelist Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe; to the 20th century fictional pirates in literature (which were later turned into films), including Sea Hawk and Captain Blood; as well as those in famous stage-plays from Peter Pan to Pirates of Penzance.

Not forgetting, of course, the contemporary pirate stories such as The Piratica Series and the hugely popular film franchise Pirates of the Caribbean.

The exhibition also features the famous Captain Pugwash and includes the first Captain Pugwash dummy, some of the original cardboard artwork pieces and more!

You can discover how fictional characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow and Peter Pan were brought to life on screen and step into the world of real piracy and read about two well-known female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

See our replicas of the most notorious pirate costumes including, Blackbeard, Long John Silver, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Captain Hook, or step inside our Galleon and watch a short film that will tell you everything you need to know about life on board a ship.

Challenge your friends and family to a game of Pirate Treasure Pop, try your hand at tying knots or dress up as your favourite pirate (it’s the perfect photo opportunity!).

A FREE audio tour is available to access, that talks you through all sections of the exhibition. Simply connect to the “Audio Tour” Wifi network and your phone will do the rest. Once connected, look out for symbols on the walls, select the relevant number on your phone and listen. If you don’t have any headphones with you there are some available to buy at the Shop @ The Word.

But that’s not all, go on our ‘Pieces of Eight’ treasure hunt, where 8 clues are hidden in different parts of the building, each giving a secret letter. Use the clues to find them all and use your brain to guess the word!

Head to the Kids’ Activity Area where there are a variety of creative tasks that children will love, including creating a pirate map, drawing yourself as a captain of a pirate ship and more!

There is literally something for everyone!

The exhibition has been designed and built by one of the North-East’s leading design agencies, Sheridan Design and is the second major exhibition to feature in The Word.


A stormy sea

Lose yourself in a storm as you step inside our exhibition ‘pod’. TV monitors display a range of contemporary dance movements performed by a variety of community groups that have been inspired by an original poem about the life of pirates.

The room is dressed in soft layers of fabric with light and sound that simulates a pirate ship at sea in a storm. It has been designed by artist Rachel Johnson.

Funded by Arts Council England.

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