The Little Inventors Pioneers programme would not have been possible without the support and input of the wide range of partners that we have worked with in the North East of England and beyond.

Schools and parents

A big thank you to all the teachers that have run the energy challenge in their schools and uploaded ideas and parents who have taken their children along to one of our many events. An especially big thank you to the teachers, head teachers and support staff from the schools of our 15 Pioneers and their parents, they have enabled us to keep engaging with our Pioneers through the difficulties of the national lockdown. Thanks!


Arts Council England

This programme has been made possible through public funding from Arts Council England and has allowed us to ensure that the programme has remained entirely free to all participants.

Tees Valley Combined Authority and Tees Valley Mayor

Tees Valley Combined Authority and Tees Valley Mayor have provided funding and essential support through regional networks.

Preston Park Museum

Preston Park Museum has supported the programme by sharing expertise and resources and providing the venue for our first Pioneers session. This exhibition is in partnership with them as the original, physical exhibition was planned to be. We hope to take some of these inventions to show at the museum when it is possible.

University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland have supported the project by formally evaluating the Pioneers programme. Special thanks to Professor Stephanie Atkinson, MBE, PhD.

Arthur, 10, Little Inventor

Thanks to Arthur for presenting the challenge video and to his parents for supporting. Arthur was one of the winners of the Little Inventors Great Exhibition of the North challenge in 2018 and hasn’t stopped inventing since!

In2 project, Darlington

In2 project, Darlington uses physical and creative activities to support children with the transition from primary to secondary school.  The programme helps to build confidence, fosters aspiration and improves general health and wellbeing by opening up access to cultural and sporting activities they wouldn’t normally experience, allowing them to explore their own creativity and aptitudes outside of the normal curriculum.  In2 has helped us reach a wider audience. Special thanks to Kate James.

Turps Film

Turps Film have supported the programme by creating all the amazing project films you see in the exhibition.

With our thanks to all our project supporters

British Library - Innovating for Growth programme
CECA, Hartlepool (Centre for Excellence in Creative Arts )
Culture Bridge
Darlington Hippodrome
Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley
Digital Culture Network (Arts Council England)

Enjoy Tees Valley
Festival of Thrift
Hartlepool Waterfront Festival
MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)
Middlesbrough Council Libraries Service
Museums Northumberland - Woodhorn Museum
Northumberland County Council Libraries, Archives & Culture

PROTO Gateshead
Sunderland Culture
Tees Barrage & International White Water Centre
Tees Valley Museums - Head of Steam Railway Museum, Darlington
Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar
Museum of Hartlepool
Wintertide Festival, Hartlepool

Photography credits:

Richard Kenworthy Photography, all made real object photography
Dave Charnley, Tees Valley Mayor meets the Pioneers, Preston Park Museum
Colin Davison, PROTO makers event
North News, Pioneers launch, Kirklevington Primary School