Toon Times Exhibition Launch!
We had a fantastic time at the opening of the Toon Times exhibition at the Discovery Museum last night, the Foundation team should be very proud of themselves – we are certainly very proud to be a major sponsor! Here’s the official press release from the event, together with members of the Foundation Team and some very well known faces!
Newcastle United players past and present converged on the city’s Discovery Museum on Wednesday evening to launch a special ‘Toon Times’ exhibition which will take supporters on a journey through the club’s history.
Current squad members Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett – who were all brought up on Tyneside – were joined by Fairs Cup-winning captain Bob Moncur, Steve Harper, Faustino Asprilla, Alan Foggon and Brian Kilcline for a special preview of historic artefacts and interactive displays, which will be open to the public from 11am this Saturday until 5th October 2014. Admission is free.
The exhibition has been commissioned by the club’s official registered charity, Newcastle United Foundation, in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums and is the showpiece of the Toon Times educational programme, which is being delivered by the Foundation to 15,000 children across 430 Tyneside schools.
Funded by the Premier League PFA Community Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and by North East supply-teaching agency First Class Supply, the three-year programme improves the literacy and learning techniques of children through the use of historic artefacts, props and re-enacting famous Magpies moments.
Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi said: “The exhibition is fantastic. We all have great memories of the club through the years so it’s great to learn more about those special moments which have made Newcastle United what it is. I’m sure supporters will really enjoy it.”
Kate Bradley, head of the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “As an educational programme, Toon Times continues to be hugely successful in engaging young people in schools across the region so we’re thrilled to see it come to life as an exhibition.
“The club has a wonderful history and proud traditions and the exhibition aims to capture those in a really interesting and interactive way. We would encourage as many supporters as possible to come along and experience it between now and October.”