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Glimpse at unseen museum exhibits

29 August 2013 Last updated at 07:07 BST

Hundreds of rare exhibits that have been locked away from view in a museum's basement are being rediscovered for the first time in years.

Curators at Newcastle's Great North Museum are carrying out an inventory of, among other things, stuffed animals and birds.

Now the public's being given a glimpse inside.

Fiona Trott reports.