Pan@NCEA Exhibition

Newbiggin and Ashington students at Duke’s Secondary School (part of Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust) have created the Pan@NCEA exhibition, a project which combines elements of the STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as well as Art, Design, Media and Languages to tell the story of the pandemic; the different stages we have experienced and how these experiences have varied from person to person and place to place.

The whole school has been involved in aspects of the project, from taking part in activities during science lessons and tutor time to support the conceptual research, to the physical construction of the exhibition itself.

Comprising three large art installations to visually represent the three scientific stages of the pandemic from its discovery back in December 2019 through to the present day and the rollout of the vaccine, the exhibition also features audio visual elements including sound recordings of students and contacts from around the world, as well as interviews with Duke’s Secondary School’s Principal, Mr Russ Atkinson and Father Laurence Freeman, Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Interactive activities are on offer as part of the exhibition on 4th September include real-life X-Rays to show healthy lungs versus lungs infected by Covid-19, an experiment to demonstrate how the lateral flow test works and the specificity of the vaccine and a very special Covid-19 virus DNA model, which was made by a registered blind student, who has since graduated from Duke’s.

An exhibition has already taken place in Ashington and you can view the exhibition at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre  until Saturday 4 September the exhibition will culminate in a special display at Newcastle Cathedral on Sunday 19 September.

The Newbiggin exhibition has been supported by Newbiggin by the Sea Town Council

To find out more about the project visit or email


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