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Designated as an Outstanding CollectionOutstanding collections recognised

We are very pleased to announce that our collections relating to shipbuilding and maritime trade have been designated as of outstanding national and international importance by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

MLA Chairman, Mark Wood welcomed the newly announced list saying: "We are fortunate in this country to have many fantastic collections. These in particular have been deemed outstanding, which is terrific for the organisations concerned. Designation status confers a status which has often enabled libraries, archives and museums to strengthen their ability to raise additional funds."

The collections at Tyne & Wear Archives comprise tens of thousands of items, including plans, photographs, administrative, contract and employee records from nearly all the shipyards formerly operating on the Tyne and the Wear, one of the most important shipbuilding regions in the world, as well as records of related engineering and fitting companies and of shipowners.
The collections are so huge that unfortunately many of them remain uncatalogued, but we hope that this recognition of their importance will help to unlock resources to carry out more work on them.

For more information on the records see our User Guides Shipbuilding, Outfitting, Registration and Repair, and Maritime Trade and Navigation

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