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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 are due for renewal on 1st April 2015. please do not forget to forward your subscriptions as soon as possible and BEFORE 1st April. Details of how much your subscription costs and where to send it can be found by clicking on
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Segedunum BathhouseRound the County Day is on Saturday 9th May. This year the event will be hosted jointly by the Friends of Segedunum and Wallsend Local History Society at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum.

The day is now fully booked so please don’t send for tickets!

Magna_CartaWe are holding a Study Day entitled ‘Magna Carta & King John’ on Saturday 3rd October in Warkworth to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the signing of this historic document. 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 final event of 2015 will be the AGM on 7th November at Stannington Village Hall.  As well as the business we plan to be launching the ‘Dr Constance Fraser Memorial Publication’, a book of essays by noted historians, written as a memorial to Constance and her significant contribution to local history.


The 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.

SPEAKERS LIST – Help please!

ANLHS issues a ‘List of Speakers’ to all Member Societies/Groups. It is to be updated ready for issue in 2015. In the past Societies have advised the names and addresses of new speakers and the information has been used to increase the number of speakers available for other Societies. If you know of any speakers who may not be currently included on the list please let us know their name and address so that we can contact them direct to see if they would be willing to have their details included for future reference.

Please send the information to: M Thompson, 21 Melrose Avenue, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, NE25 0JR or email: mikeevelyn@o2.co.uk .

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.



48th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering  – continuing Northumberland’s traditions 
10th–12th April 2015. The medieval market town of Morpeth, 14 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne, hosts street entertainment, indoor concerts, dance, crafts, battle drills, dialect, storyteller’s garden, pub music, workshops, tours, talks, puppets, competitions and traditional fun. Over 60 events – many free! Free vintage bus Park and Ride from County Hall on Saturday 11th April. 
Special events featuring the songs of the music hall era including 3-day crafts exhibition and market stalls.
Friday: Family art workshops, dance and story sessions, Leuk at the Sowljor Concert
Saturday: Pageant including Sheffield City Giants; soldiers’ drill re-enactment, dance displays; Winners’ Concert with Bob Fox from WarHorse; Barn Dance with The Hedgehog’s Skin.
Sunday: Town Treasures; soldiers’ drill re-enactment ; Family Concert; Geordies on Wax early recordings.
Programmes, tickets and accommodation information all available from: Morpeth Tourist Information Centre, The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1PD. Tel.: 01670 623455. Queries to: 01670 513308 / website: www.northumbriana.org.uk
 Download the Programme of Events here: Morpeth Gathering Programme 2015

British Association of Friends of Museums & Galleries (BAfM) are hosting the North East Regional Day Conference on Saturday 25th April 10.30am-3.40pm at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum, Wallsend, NE28 6HR. There will be a talk by Bill Griffiths of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums entitled ‘The present and the future of museums, especially here in the NE’ , a guided tour of Segedunum, a talk by Karen Barker ( Antiquities Conservator) entitled ‘ An Introduction to Archaeological Conservation, plus hints on metal cleaning today’ and a question and discussion session ‘What can BAfM do for us and what can we do for BAfM?’. Cost is £18 including morning coffee and lunch. Anyone interested in attending, or for further information, contact Fiona Turnbull by email at Fiona@turnbulls.me.uk or by phone 01833 638449.

The Surtees Society & the Cumberland & Westmoreland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society are jointly hosting a lecture entitled ‘The Church in a Changing Landscape’ to be given by Professor W.J. Sheils of the University of York to coincide with the launch of the Surtees society’s latest publication The Diocese of Carlisle 1814-1855. The lecture ‘will examine ways in which the Anglican Church responded to pastoral challenges of the social change brought about by the industrial revolution, the political challenges posed by the French Revolution and the demands for political representation, and the intellectual challenge from scientific advances in knowledge. The emphasis will be on the responses of clergy working in the parishes, mostly northern ones, rather than on church leadership. The focus will be on the period c.1750-c.1850.’ The lecture is on Friday 15th May at 6.00pm at the Fratry, Carlisle Cathedral and is free.

Warkworth History Society & Warkworth Parish Council have planned a weekend of events (12th-14th June) to coincide with the national celebrations to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta as their ‘baron’ was one of the 25 ‘enforcers’ present at Runnymede when Magna Carta was sealed. They would be delighted if fellow ANLHS members to join them at some or all of the planned events. Download details here: Warkworth Magna Carta Day

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.

THE FRIENDS OF UNION CHAINBRIDGE – We have been contacted by ‘The Friends of the Union Chain Bridge’, an organisation launched in June 2014, and asked to bring their campaign to the notice of our website readers. They are campaigning for the full restoration of this grade I listed structure for its bicentenary in 2020. They tell us that:

The Bridge, which spans the Tweed between Horncliffe in England and Fishwick in Scotland, was the first large-scale suspension bridge in the world and has global significance in the history of engineering, as well as being a magnificent feature in the Border landscape.  However, after almost 200 years of wear and corrosion, the old structure, which last saw major repair works in 1977, urgently needs major restoration. The estimated cost of the necessary work is about £5 million. Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council share responsibility for the structure and each are expected to earmark £500,000 towards the restoration costs, with bids being prepared for additional funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Historic Scotland.

‘The Friends’ organisation, established to show community support for the project and to submit bids for grants that are unavailable to public authorities, now has about 250 members from the immediate area, throughout the UK and further afield.

You can find out more by visiting their website https://www.facebook.com/unionbridgefriends.  You can join ‘the Friends’ through the website or at Chain Bridge Honey Farm or Paxton House.