Playing a leading role in the cultural life of the city and region is an important part of the University's mission.
Cultural events are an essential part of our public engagement activity, and each year we welcome thousands of visitors to the campus, drawn by our extensive and varied cultural attractions including exhibitions, public lectures, live music, theatre and literary events.
- Great North Museum: Hancock - the museum re-opened in May 2009 following a £26 million renovation. It is set to be a flagship visitor attraction that will rival the best the UK has to offer. Key features include, displays on the wonder and diversity of the natural world, a planetarium, a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, and spectacular archaeological finds from Ancient Greece and mummies from Ancient Egypt – as well as a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.
- Hatton Gallery: Great North Museum - home to an impressive and important permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, print-making and drawing, and is highly-regarded as a venue for historical, modern and contemporary art exhibitions.
- free public lectures featuring an impressive line-up of speakers from public life. Recent speakers include artist Grayson Perry, the biographer Claire Tomalin and the Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti
- free weekly lunchtime concerts by professional musicians drawn from a wide range of genres
- Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts - NCLA runs a programme of readings and events, bringing world-class writers to Newcastle.
- Northern Stage - widely regarded as one the UK’s top 10 producing theatres, with a growing reputation for stimulating productions that attract audiences of all ages
- a visitors' centre in Level 1 of King's Gate