‘City free and beautiful… a modern vibrant place that rivals the very best cities in the world’

Join us to celebrate change and renewal in Newcastle and Gateshead since 1945 in a major new exhibition and series of interactive events.

Focusing on how we have always looked forward, Newcastle City Futures examines significant architectural and planning projects that have shaped and reshaped the city in the latter half of the 20th century and continue to do so in the 21st century. From the development of the Metro and the airport, to the building of Byker, the conservation of Grainger Town, the construction of the central motorway, the redevelopment of St James’ Park, the creation of the internationally-renowned Quayside, and to new projects in the Stephenson Quarter and Science Central, this is the story of how one place has continually evolved, and of the people of Newcastle and Gateshead who have been central players in that change and renaissance.

Featuring a rich variety of models, plans, information boards and photographs, some of which have never been on public display before, the exhibition will chart the forward-looking visions that have been a hallmark of Newcastle and Gateshead. This includes projects that were planned and built, and those that were unbuilt and never finished, such as the motorway under Northumberland Street, the Tyne Deck construction over the river, and ‘the Geordie Ramblas’.

Interactive elements will help you get a taste of what it feels like to be an architect and
planner, and there are opportunities to make your mark on the exhibition by identifying
those places and buildings in the city you love and loathe. Bring along the whole family
to create a vision of the future, or drop by and pick up a mini-planner pack for the kids!
The exhibition is supported by a comprehensive program of events, jointly hosted by
Newcastle University and its partners. We want to start a ‘big city conversation’ and engage everyone in debates about the city’s future, so take your pick from a range of free events, including film screenings, presentations and panel debates hosted by businesses, service providers, community organisations in the City Forum. The prefect opportunity to have your say and talk with those currently developing new plans and strategies for the future of Newcastle and Gateshead!

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones
Director, Newcastle City Futures


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