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The new year saw the WWI centenary draw to a close, however the effects on Tyneside residents continue to ripple through the ages. These are explored in Decoded 1914-1918, a two-week programme of installations and events, created by various artists.

The Discovery Museum plays host to Parade Ground by Guy Schofield from Monday 16th until Saturday 28th February, a digital artwork emphasising the region’s very human contribution to the war (it’ll also be showing at Gateshead Interchange and Kings Gate, Newcastle University). Rachel Hales’ Sing And Dance For King And Country (Wednesday 18th-Saturday 21st, 2-4pm) is an audio-visual representation of how women and children kept their spirits up, while Tuning In by Chris Watson and Tim Shaw (Monday 16th-Sunday 22nd, 15 min slots) is a recreation of wartime listening stations.

There’s also Sound Mirrors, reinterpreting the sonic experience of war in the Discovery Museum’s Great Hall (Friday 27th); and War Workings, an audience-assisted installation-build in the Science Maze, on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th.

At Shipley Art Gallery, there’ll be a visualisation of diaries written by Gateshead author Ruth Dodds during the war (Wednesday 18th-Saturday 28th), while The Handmaidens of Death by Tracy Gillman, focusing on female munitions workers, screens at Tyne & Wear Archives from Friday 20th-Monday 23rd. These combined events promise to create a vivid exploration of a much overlooked aspect of local history.

Decoded 1914-1918 takes place at various venues between Monday 16th until Saturday 28th February. Visit Tyne & Wear Museums’ website for information on artist talks.

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