Geordie Heroes Exhibition

Geordie Heroes Project – Final Survey

If you have done some THINKing with us, volunteered, or created an exhibit, we invite you to complete this short survey.

It is completely voluntary and anonymous. This will be useful to see what we did well, what worked well and what could be improved.

All of your comments are valued – thank you in advance for completing this.

Click to survey here

(note it will only work once on one device)

Move to the Library Complete! ….

Click Here for the Geordie Hero Exhibition in the Library flyer

All 50 Geordie Heroes are now in the Central Library – they will be there until October 5th – before their final move to St Marys Heritage Centre in Gateshead for the finale on 6th and 7th October.

Feel free to share pics on social media #togetherwearestronger and #GeordieHeroes Get your photos on our Facebook page theheroprojectcic too!

The Exhibition Feedback from the Globe Gallery has now closed. What we can report is we had 1032 visitors and 144 feedback forms completed – plus lots of comments – so thanks for all of those.

You can still feedback directly to us on

The value of feedback is huge, we will share with all the groups that took part – letting them know what people thought of their exhibits; we will also share with our funder, the Home Office and Newcastle City Council… who knows what you say, may even help us repeat this project elsewhere in the UK! We would love to do a ’50 Exhibition’ again!

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A few thoughts …

Deana & Julia and all the volunteers were really pleased the see the Exhibition open with so much support from the people who believed in their idea that a ‘community could curate an entire exhibition’, with some THINKing tools shared along the way.

People were asked to identify their local hero; past of present, real or imaginary, the only criteria was that they had to be willing to share their reasons for choosing that hero and making an exhibit to represent the hero. The life size cut out we provided to each of  the groups was the starting point, once issued, they encouraged hands on & THINKing creativity!

As the exhibits started to be made, we did get a few sneaky peeks! However, apart from the local hero name we didn’t know how the exhibits were being made, or who was making them.

What we saw and heard during the first week at the Globe was in many ways what we felt when we first came to Newcastle, we met friendly, warm proud people, with many skills, with a passion for what it means to be Geordie and a warm welcome for those people not born  a Geordie, we found the space in Newcastle to feel Geordie.

We travelled up on the train 7 months ago  and said to each other ‘what if nobody likes us’ now we are thinking, ‘how can we continue here with our new Geordie friends’!

We were overwhelmed with the diversity and creativity on display. Each exhibit held something special for us and visitors to find, either the hero themselves, their actions or their legacy – the sense of pride, of being a Geordie*

*we know that at least one Mackem and one Smoggy were in the exhibition – we felt being inclusive was important


Some named thank you’s

Cal, your willingness to ‘muck in’ with anything that needs doing is now legendary! You can add balloon decorator to you list of talents!

Ian, Chandler, Alison and Kristiana who have all volunteered to be part of the team! You always amaze us with what skills and enthusiasm you have. We know we have an expert ‘colour applications Director’ in Ian. Chandler and Kristiana created some fabulous boxes with lots of thought. Alison turned her hand to so many tasks, labelling the exhibits being vitally important!

Rashida, Marty & Colin for all the set up and access to the Globe Gallery – you all provided so much more than we had anticipated

Tamara, Paul and Bruno for being there to see it all first hand and saying you were pleased with what had been created and capturing many of the comments being made in film, we can’t wait to see the results!


This is our invitation to the people of ‘Geordie land’ … To visit the Local Heroes Exhibition, celebrating all that makes being a Geordie special to you, your family and your community?

We have done this in Coalville, North West Leicestershire and the evidence leads us to think it is something very impactful to those that help create it and those that visit it.

Geordie Heroes Exhibition Details

The Globe Gallery – on Pilgrim Street.

10-6 Saturday Sep 1st and 10am- 12 Sunday Sep 2nd

The Central Library trail – explore the library during September to find as many of the Geordie Heroes as you can.

Finale Event at St Marys Heritage Centre 6-7th October, Gateshead – a final weekend to see the Geordie Heroes and share some THINK!ng before they are returned to their makers.

Call Julia 07949243378 or email, or Deana on 07974260453.