On the Tyne River in northeast England, Newcastle upon Tyne is a university town. During the Industrial Revolution, it was a major shipbuilding and manufacturing hub, and it is now a centre of business, arts, and sciences. Modern Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a symbol of the two cities, spans the Tyne with its tilting aperture.
Gateshead Council wanted to create a landmark that became a symbol of the region’s character. One of the most viewed pieces of art in the world is Antony Gormley’s winning design. Every second, more than one person sees it. That’s 90,000 people a day or 33 million a year.
The Angel of the North has become one of the most famous artworks in the area as a result of its prime location on a panoramic hilltop by the A1. Over the last twenty years, the sculpture has become one of the most recognized pieces of public art ever produced, winning numerous accolades and awards.
Angel of the North is conveniently located near the A1 and is easily accessible by both public transport and car.
The skyline of Newcastle Gateshead is a stark reminder of its passion for football. Newcastle United Football Club plays at St James’ Park, an incredible football ground that towers over the city. Most big football clubs have their stadiums on the outskirts of town, but Newcastle United’s stadium can be found where most other cities have their cathedrals. This says something about how important football is to their passionate and loyal fans – the ‘Toon Army’.
Hadrian’s Wall did not have all fortresses heavily guarded. Romans and civilians used to pick up food and supplies in Corbridge, which was once a bustling town and supply base. Throughout Roman Britain and into the early fifth century, this vibrant community continued to thrive.
Even today, you can still walk through the town’s streets and take in a time capsule of Roman life. At the museum, you can also see Roman armour and trinkets found in the Corbridge Hoard. The Hoard was one of the most important discoveries in Roman history, providing us with a fascinating glimpse into the life of a soldier on the Wall. Additionally, the museum houses the largest collection of Hadrian’s Wall artefacts, the Corbridge Collection.
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