I was looking at museum projects with my students today. One of the case studies was on the Great North Museum that incorporates the former Hancock Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, and the Shefton Museum of Greek Art. The museum is a dynamic collaboration between Newcastle University and the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Service.
The redevelopment cost £26 million. In March 2004 the museum was awarded £40,000 Project Planning Grant from the HLF, following in January 2005 by a major award of £9,246,000. The museum opened in May 2009 [HLF Press Release].
In 2015 the museum announced that it had welcomed its 3 millionth visitor in just five years.