Staff members in MCH benefit from close links with internationally distinguished University-funded research facilities. One of these is the Great North Museum (comprising two museum venues – GNM Hancock, with archaeology, natural history, Egyptology and ethnography collections, and GNM Hatton with fine art collections. The GNM forms a platform for diverse research. For example, in Andrew Newman’s work on the relationships between museum visiting and wellbeing in older people, research participants visited and discussed the GNM as part of an extensive qualitative study.

Another key resources is Culture Lab – the focal point for research in human-computer interaction and digital creative practice. It has performance/event spaces, multimedia labs and recording studios that support research, in particular in relation to Ian McDonald’s work in film. Culture Lab provides a range of facilities for practice-based digital research relating to film, including professional audio and video production studios, high definition cinema projection.

Beyond the university a number of resources support our research at regional level. We have a close working relationship with museums, galleries and heritage organisations in the region. For example, Rhiannon Mason and Chris Whitehead’s development of the permanent exhibition ‘Northern Spirit’ involved close partnership working with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. Newcastle's Discovery Museum is home to the BFI Mediatheque with access to over 1800 complete films and TV programmes.