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Pushing the Boat Out: Shipbuilding and Ship Repair in South Tyneside

August 4, 8:00 am - November 12, 5:00 pm

Pushing the Boat Out: Shipbuilding and Ship Repair in South Tyneside South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

This exhibition tells the proud story of shipbuilding, ship repair and associated industries in South Tyneside, from early wooden vessels through to the heyday of mighty ships of iron and steel.

A flotilla of exquisitely detailed ship models, including loans from the National Maritime Museum, are on show alongside shipyard workers’ tools of the trade and many nostalgic photos. Artworks by Peter Burns, himself a former shipyard plater, are paired with a brand new series by the legendary South Shields artist Robert Olley, inspired by shipyard trades, on show for the very first time.

This exhibition also shares the personal stories of people who were involved in shipbuilding and ship repair, following on from a major oral history project to capture memories of the yards and docks of South Tyneside.


August 4, 8:00 am
November 12, 5:00 pm


South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Ocean Road
South Shields, NE33 2JA
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