WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMME 2023
Local History Talks and Films
Monday 9th January 1pm at West End Library
North East life in the 1960s
Revisit this memorable decade with local author Andrew Clark, with stories of childhood, music, fashion, entertainment, sport, work and holidays.
Friday 13th January 10.30am at Denton Burn Library
Take your seats for a visual journey through the history and heritage of Scotswood with John Taberham. You will be surprised what is out there.
Monday 6th February 1pm at West End Library
The Lemington Canaries of Canary Island
Film and illustrated talk by John Taberham about this largely forgotten story. Follow the journey back to the First World War to find the secret armaments factory, learn how the women who worked there got the nickname of the Lemington Canaries, and hear what dangers they faced on a daily basis.
Friday 17th February 1pm at West End Library
The West End in Film
Join us to watch a variety of archive films about local life through the years.
Monday 6th March 1pm at West End Library
Memories of Old Benwell Village
An illustrated talk by West Newcastle Picture History Collection about the history of the original Benwell Village. We invite you to share your memories and photographs with us. .
Guided Walks and Visits
Tuesday 17th January 10.30
Guided tour of the New Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road
Explore one of our most precious historic buildings – the Tyne Theatre. Your guide Alan Butland will take you behind the scenes, including underneath the stage, to see how it all works. Numbers limited.
Tuesday 21st March 10.30am at the Discovery Museum
A journey through Newcastle
Join us for a non-walking tour of Newcastle, with photographs and objects from the museum’s collections. Explore stories of local history and notable landmarks with the Communities Team.
Tuesday 18th April 11am, leaving from outside the Discovery Museum
Guided tour by Olive Taylor of the historic Summerhill area on the western edge of the old town, home to many prominent Newcastle families during the 19th century.
Wednesday 10th May 1pm, leaving from St James’ Graveyard, Benwell Lane
Benwell’s Lost Coalmines
This circular walk visits sites linked with Benwell’s coalmining heritage. On the way we will look at how the area has changed over the years.
Big Local History Event
Monday 15th May 10.30am to 4pm at West End Library
A date for your diary! Programme to follow. Book early to ensure your place.
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New film celebrating the route of Hadrian’s Wall through Newcastle
“Gannin’ Alang the Wall” was written and directed by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group. This film follows the route of the Wall through Newcastle, starting at the fort of Segedunum just east of the city boundary and travelling west as far as Heddon.
On the way, we meet a host of characters including a troop of Roman soldiers marching up Westgate Hill, several disaffected natives, and some present day residents from communities along the route of the Wall. To watch the film, click here.
Sharing the Film
The film can be used by other organisations and groups for public showings free of charge, provided that we are informed in advance. DVD copies are available for this purpose – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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Visit the historic graveyard of St James’, burial place of the developer Richard Grainger, mining engineer John Buddle, glass manufacturer John Sowerby among others. We welcome visitors any Wednesday morning between 10am and 1pm or at other times by arrangement. Volunteers are available to show you around – but please contact us in advance if you would like a tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are unable to show visitors around St James’ Church at the moment. Anyone wishing to look around the building should contact St James’ Church directly. You can read or download a heritage guide to the church from the Publications and resources page of this website – St James’ Church Heritage Guide.