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About the Wellinever Project

‘Well I never!’ is what you will say when you discover this unique new website. Whatever your interests, a huge amount of fascinating material from our region’s libraries, archives and museums is now available on the web. Rather than surfing around trying to find them all, North East Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (NEMLAC), in partnership with the British Library, has launched a new web portal that brings together these exciting websites from across the North East of England. For the first time people can access all these fantastic resources from one point on the Internet at www.wellinever.info .

Whether you are into archaeology or zoology, there is something for everyone at www.wellinever.info. See how your neighbourhood has changed since the 1850s by viewing the historical maps through Tomorrow’s History or discover what it was like to work down the dark and dangerous coalmines of County Durham at the Durham Miner Project. Experience how communities have changed through the award winning Northumberland Communities or listen to traditional Northumbrian folk music at the FARNE site. Take a voyage of discovery Captain Cook and uncover how this local hero changed the world, or walk through a virtual reality model of a medieval village with Past Perfect. Unearth the secrets of the Lindisfarne Gospels or see the amazing sketches of well-known North East sites that Hieronymus Grimm drew over 200 years ago. What’s that I hear you say …‘well I never!’

These and many more websites will keep you, your family and children entertained for hours, and, especially at this time of year, many of these sites will support your children’s schoolwork and revision. Don’t forget that your local library can provide you with access to the Internet free of charge, and if you are an Internet novice, ask at your library for help.

Notes for editors

The official launch of www.wellinever.info will take place in Science Maze Gallery, Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 8th July 2004 at 3.30pm. Press opportunity: press are invited to browse the site and meet project staff between 2.30 and 3.00pm on Thursday 8th in Science Maze Gallery at Discovery Museum. Museum telephone: 0191 232 6789


The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. Further information is available on the Library’s website at www.bl.uk.

NEMLAC is the regional development agency for the museums, library and archive sector in the North-East region. NEMLAC’s mission is to champion and support the sector’s unique role in enhancing the cultural, social, educational and economic life of the North East of England. NEMLAC is supported and core funded by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries. For more information visit the website at: www.nemlac.co.uk

The Co-operation and Partnership Programme of the British Library. Through its Co-operation and Partnership Programme the British Library works with public libraries and other cultural institutions which serve the information needs of the wider public. By delivering its specialist collections and services alongside local and regional resources the Library aims to enrich and extend the range of materials available to the public. During 2022-04 the British Library worked closely with NEMLAC on a Programme called Reaching the Regions which saw the development of a whole range of new collaborative projects. For more information visit the website at: www.bl.uk/about/cooperation.html

If you have any questions for the wellinever team, please e-mail support@wellinever.info. If you are the owner of one of the sites in our collection and would like to make an alteration to the wellinever description of your site, please use the same address.

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