Steve Messam – Whistle

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A sound installation triggered at precisely 1pm every day, sending a series of steam engine whistles cascading around the ancient city walls.

Listen out for the evocative sound of steam engine whistles once again echoing across the city of Newcastle.

At precisely 1pm each day during the Exhibition a sequence of locomotive whistles will reverberate around the edge of the city, drawing an audible line along the medieval town wall.

The sound installation is designed to recall the role of the North in engineering and the invention of the railway, sparking memories and forging links between past and present.

If you’re out and about in the streets or on the quays you’ll hear the sequence above the soundscape of the city.

Hear the Whistle from:
Newcastle Central Station
Euro Hostel
Newcastle City Library
Central Station entrance portico
Sallyport Tower
Jolly Fisherman
ZeroLight
Guildhall
Quayside Inn
Gunner House
Heber Tower
St Andrew’s Church Tower
Grey’s Quarter, Intu Eldon Square
intu Eldon Square

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Venue: Newcastle Central Station

Newcastle Central Station

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  • Level/ramp access to all platforms.
  • Underpass with lifts to platforms 3 & 4, access to platforms 5-8 is via a steep ramp.
  • Accessible toilets located on each platform.

Venue: Euro Hostel

  • Euro Hostel
  • 17 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UQ

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Venue: Newcastle City Library

Newcastle City Library

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  • Level access into building with automatic doors.
  • Fixed loop system in place.
  • Lift to all floors.
  • Accessible toilets within the venue.
  • Baby changing facilities.
  • Regular supply of audio format and large print books.

Venue: Central Station entrance portico

Central Station entrance portico

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Venue: Sallyport Tower

Venue: Jolly Fisherman

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Venue: ZeroLight

Venue: Guildhall

Venue: Quayside Inn

Venue: Gunner House

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Venue: Heber Tower

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Venue: St Andrew’s Church Tower

St Andrew’s Church Tower

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Venue: Grey’s Quarter, Intu Eldon Square

Grey’s Quarter, Intu Eldon Square

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Venue: intu Eldon Square

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  • 4 lifts located around the centre offering access to all floors.
  • Multiple disabled toilets accessible to all.
  • Information on induction loop can be found at the information desk.
  • Disabled parking spaces available.
  • Free wheelchair hire.

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