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Lost Dialects

Venue: The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word

Dates: Jan 1st 2017 - Dec 30th 2050

  • Every Sunday and Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Every Friday 00:00 - 17:00
  • Every Monday-Thursday 00:00 - 19:00

Price: Free


This free exhibition celebrates ‘lost words of the North East Dialect’ – words that are slowly disappearing from everyday conversations. Language and words evolve, however, this exhibition looks to reignite an interest and use of words that were long used in local shipyards, mines and in street games and social gatherings and are at risk being lost forever. We’ve already celebrated ‘lost’ words linked to mining and the shipyards and we have now refreshed the exhibition to focus on the home and street games. Two new features on the interactive screens include a nod to the region’s food history, with a video recreating some of the North East’s most popular dishes and a second video showcasing the childhood game of skipping and the rhymes that young people in years gone by recited.