You can use the menu above to find out information about us – who we are and what we do, as well as the history and importance of the church and the graveyard. Please have a look at our What’s On page which will tell you about any forthcoming events or activities that you can take part in.

Available Winter-Spring 2020 Events Programme Winter-Spring 2020 Events Programme


Monday 20th January at 1pm at the West End Library
Secret Newcastle
In this illustrated talk, Ken Hutchinson will reveal the hidden stories behind the vampire rabbit and other artworks, plaques and memorials around town


Tuesday 4th February 1.15pm at Newburn Library
The Lost Industries of West Newcastle
Take your seats for a journey along the riverside from the Quayside to Lemington. Join Search’s local history group for this talk illustrated with old photographs and film.

Tuesday 11th February 10.30am at Cruddas Park Library
The West End remembered
Take a trip down memory lane with old films and photos of places and people in the west end from years gone by.

Tuesday 11th February at 2pm at St James’ Church
Shops and Shopping in Newcastle
Illustrated talk by Olive Taylor about changes in shopping in Newcastle from medieval times to the present day.

Monday 17th February at 10.30am at Denton Burn Library
Scotswood through the years
Do you know how Scotswood got its name? This is just the start of the story. Join us for this illustrated talk by West Newcastle Picture History Collection and St James’ Heritage & Environment Group.

Monday 17th February at 1pm at the West End Library
Tyne View

Playwright, screenwriter and author Michael Chaplin will talk about his walk with photographer Birtley Aris and poet Christie Ducker along the tidal reaches of the Tyne in search of the river’s history, people, culture and soul.



Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century
View our most recent publication “Benwell & Scotswood in the early 20th century – Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century

Catch up on our activities during 2019  Newsletter NOV 2019

Roman excavations in Pendower.

On March 5th, Alan Rushworth of the Archaeological Practice gave a talk at St James’ Church about the excavations carried out on the Pendower Estate in 2017 prior to the building of new homes. The excavation discovered some fascinating remains previously hidden under the original houses. These provided important insights into the civilian settlement linked to the Roman fort of Condercum. Click here Roman excavations in Pendower  to view selected images, courtesy of the Archaeological Practice. Please do not use or share these without permission.

Watch us at work in the graveyard, repairing gravestones and learning how to care of them.

In 2016 St James’ Heritage and Environment Group obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled us to commission a specialist stonemason/conservator to work with us over a two-year period to repair and restore many of the damaged gravestones.

The full film can be viewed on YouTube here – Restoring the Graveyard

To see the section on removing moss, click here.
To see the section on repairing gravestones, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Buddle grave, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Grace grave, click here.
To see the section on removing graffiti, click here.


Our new film about the history of industry along the West Newcastle riverside can be viewed by clicking here.

Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne was commissioned by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group as part of our First World War project funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The film was directed by local film-maker Adrin Neatrour.

Watch our short films about people buried in St James’ Graveyard  Stories from the Graveyard

– West End Stories: St James’ Heritage & Environment Group


The Graveyard Film – Watch our film about St James’ Graveyard