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Below you will find the planned events for 2015. For further details of any of these please click on ‘Events’ at the top of the page. You will also find below information on a number of events that are taking place around the region.

 The Annual Subscriptions for 2015/16 were due for renewal on 1st April 2015. If you have not yet forwarded your subscriptions please do so as soon as possible otherwise you will no longer receive information on ANLHS events, the new issue of Tyne & Tweed when it is published in the autumn or the new Speakers List which will also be available in the autumn. Details of how much your subscription costs and where to send it can be found by clicking on ‘How to Join’ at the top of the page. Thank you.

We are holding a Study Day entitled ‘Magna Carta & King John’ on Saturday 3rd October A_Chronicle_of_England_-_Page_226_-_John_Signs_the_Great_Charterin Warkworth to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the signing of this historic document. The focus will be on Magna Carta and its effects on the north of England. There will be three excellent speakers – Dr Nicholas Vincent, the UK’s leading authority on  Magna Carta, Dr Hugh Doherty and Michael Thomson and an opportunity to view a facsimile of one of the three surviving 13th century copies.

The day begins at 9.30am with tea & coffee followed by the first talk by Mike Thomson. There will then be the chance to take a short walk to St Lawrence’s Church to see the facsimile of the document.  A break for lunch follows. A buffet lunch is provided, at an extra cost of £7, for those who book before 31st August but there are plenty of places to eat within a short walk of the hall. The afternoon session begins at 1.30am with a talk by Hugh Doherty about Eustace de Vescy, one of the leading barons (and opponent of King John)  in the north, followed by a talk by Nicholas Vincent on ‘What did Magna Carta do for the North?’

This should be a highly entertaining and interesting day. Click on Events at the top of the page for further details and information on how to book.

The final event of 2015 will be the AGM on 7th November at Stannington Village Hall.  The business will take place in the morning and after a break for lunch we will be launching the A Northumbrian Miscellany: Historical Essays in Memory of Constance M Fraser, a book of essays by noted historians, written as a memorial to Constance and her significant contribution to local history. There will be a few short speeches followed by a celebration drink, cake and an opportunity to buy the book (price £10) which is a limited edition.
This will also be your chance to collect the new version of the Speakers List – if you do not collect it at the AGM the next opportunity will be at the Members Meeting in February 2016.

Member Local History Society/History Group Dedicated Pages

All our member societies/groups can have a dedicated page on this website – please email mail@anlhs.org.uk for more information.

This is also the time of year when many of our member societies and groups introduce their new programmes for their upcoming season 2015-16 and change their office holders and/or contact details. Any member society or group who wishes to have their new programmes placed on their dedicated page on the website, again, please email mail@anlhs.org.uk with the details. Please note that these changes can only be made by the website editor who can be contacted via the above email address.

 Similarly if any member society or group has created its own website (or has changed its website address) please contact the website editor on the above email address so that a link can be created from this website.

T&T 2014The latest edition of our annual journal Tyne & Tweed, Volume 68 is available price £5. It makes an ideal present for Northumbrians living outside the region – particularly those abroad! Click on ‘Tyne & Tweed Journal’ at the top of the page to find a list of its contents and how to order.

Another ideal present is Joan Wright’s book Eleanor’s Diary. Joan discovered the diary of Eleanor Weatherly some years ago. Eleanor was a ‘feisty 20year old daughter of a widowed gentleman farmer’ who lived near Belford in the north of Eleanor's DiaryNorthumberland. The diary was written in 1804-5 just before the novels of Jane Austen were published. Joan spoke on the diary at the ‘Round the County Day’ hosted by Belford LHS in 2008 and wrote an article on it in Tyne & Tweed, Vol.63. Both her talk and the article were enjoyed so much that she was persuaded to publish the diary, and her notes on the Weatherley family, and bring a previously undiscovered piece of social history to a wider audience. Copies can be obtained from mail@anlhs.org.uk – price £9 inclusive of postage & packing.

Cemeteries for Drowned Anonymous Seamen

Dr Jeürgen Hasse, professor for human geography at the University of Frankfurt (Germany) is researching the history of funeral practices up until the end of the 19th century of anonymous drowned seamen in coastal areas of Great Britain.

Because there were no relatives or friends who have been affected by the dead, they have only been seen as a cost factor for the church administration or the local authorities. they were therefore most usually buried according to one of three methods – in the northern corner of official local cemeteries, outside the area of the official cemetery (sometimes with a grave cross) or near the spot where they were found without any mark (often in a collective pit of several men).

If you have any knowledge of literature on this topic or know of any source about burial rites of anonymous seamen  in Northumberland or the country as a whole Dr Hasse would be delighted to hear from you. He can be contacted by email on info@jhasse.com or by writing to Prof Dr Jeürgen Hasse, Steinhausstr. 136a, D-26831 Bunderhee, Germany.

dd%20cropped%20sliderOn 21st March Newcastle Keep & the Black Gate reopened to the public after a major refurbishment. It is described as ‘a major new visitor attraction’ and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Consult www.newcastlecastle.co.uk or phone 0191 230 6300 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities with Northumberland Archives

Northumberland Archives is working with The National Archives to create an up-to-date web-based searchable database of extant manorial records for the pre-1974 county of Northumberland. The project began in April 2014 and is expected to continue through to December 2016. During this time they will be looking at catalogued and uncatalogued collections held by Northumberland Archives at Berwick-upon-Tweed and Woodhorn as well as Northumberland material held in both UK and international repositories. The project will also identify and record Northumberland manorial records retained privately. The project has been made possible by grant funding provided by The National Archives and The Federation of Family History Societies.

They are looking to recruit four volunteers with research experience to work with the Archives to prepare Manor Authority files – brief histories of each of the Northumberland manors. The work involves looking at printed secondary sources and preparing a chronology of the descent of the manor. This work can be undertaken remotely from home and full training will be provided. For an informal discussion please contact Andrea Cameron by telephone on 01670 624487 or by email at acameron@woodhorn.org.uk

TYNE VIEW BOOK PROJECT – In July 2011 four Tynesiders – the Port of Tyne’s writer in residence Michael Chaplin, artistimage002 Birtley Aris, photographer Charles Bell and poet Christy Ducker, set off to walk the tidal length of the River Tyne from South Shields to Tynemouth via Wylam.

Their walk took them through changing communities, vital industry and through urban, rural, industrial and post-industrial landscapes. Along the way they interviewed people who work alongside the river from boat builders and taxi drivers to a horse dentist at Bill Quay farm to capture reflections on the past and the future of the Tyne. The resulting book includes pen and ink illustrations, photography, poetry and a written and poetic narrative that captures the ordinary and extraordinary people of the river and the river itself at a point of change. Part social history, part psycho-geography and part love letter, Tyne View captures the soul of Tyneside’s big river.

Michael Chaplin is available to come and talk to local history groups about Tyne View and share his experience. If you would to take up this opportunity please contact Debbie Sharratt at Port of Tyne, Maritime House, Tyne Dock, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE34 9PT. Debbie can also be contacted on 0191 440 7450 or by email on debbie.sharratt@portoftyne.co.uk.