Lost Dialects


This free exhibition celebrates ‘lost words of the North East Dialect’ – words that are slowly disappearing from everyday conversations.

Language and words evolve, however, this exhibition looks to reignite an interest and use of words that were long used in local shipyards, mines and in street games and social gatherings and are at risk being lost forever.

We’ve already celebrated ‘lost’ words linked to mining and the shipyards and we have now refreshed the exhibition to focus on the home and street games.

Two new features on the interactive screens include a nod to the region’s food history, with a video recreating some of the North East’s most popular dishes and a second video showcasing the childhood game of skipping and the rhymes that young people in years gone by recited.

 “This work has been important to capture the dialect that women and girls would use on an everyday basis and which are slowly fading from use.” Tom Kelly, curator and local writer.

During your visit you can also enjoy a number of other interactive activities linked to our Lost Dialect exhibition including:

  • A jukebox of North East songs performed by Benny Graham, accompanied by Chuck Fleming
  • A map of local shipyards with information, photographs and songs of workers, ships and the shipyards providing a reminder of how the yards were intrinsic to so many lives
  • A number of themed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding of the North East Dialect

Thousands of ‘lost’ words have already been donated by visitors. Please donate your lost word to our collection.

If you have a disability of any kind or you require special assistance, please contact us on 0191 427 1818.

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