CORONAVIRUS SITUATION

We have cancelled our planned programme of events until further notice.  Updates will be posted here as the situation changes.
We are still offering some activities – details below.

NEW BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SCOTSWOOD

Our new book Scotswood through the Years in Maps and Pictures has just been launched.  View it here or contact us for a printed copy.

THE BIG LOCAL HISTORY ALTERNATIVE EVENT

Bringing the West End’s History to Life

This event is part of this year’s Heritage Open Days programme and will be accessible through this website, Newcastle City Libraries social media and the HODs website.  Click on this link to watch this collection of illustrated talks about different aspects of the history of the west end, and see our digital exhibition and film – Watch now.

VISITING ST JAMES’ GRAVEYARD

At the moment we are unable to welcome visitors to the graveyard on Tuesdays.  However, visitors are able to visit the graveyard on Wednesday mornings between 10am -1pm when the gates are unlocked and look around on their own.  We cannot give guided tours but there are three interpretation boards which provide information about the history and environment of the graveyard.  You can also read or download our two graveyard guides from the Publications and resources page of this website – “A Guide to St James’ Graveyard and A short history of St James’ Graveyard, Benwell.

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.

ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION BY EMAIL

Currently we are sending out weekly emailings of local history information, quizzes, crosswords and other puzzles, as well as information about events and activities.  If you would like to receive emails, and are not already on our contact list, email us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com and ask to subscribe.     

SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

We hope to run a limited programme of activities such as guided walks and graveyard visits.  In order to maintain social distancing and comply with safety requirements, these will be strictly by booking only.  Subscribe to our email list for further information.

WEST END PUZZLES WITH A LOCAL HISTORY THEME

How well do you know the history of the area?

Our new (September 2020) booklet of West End Puzzles available now by clicking here

Our June 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts in available here

Our May 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our March 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interested facts is available here

WATCH A FILM OR READ A BOOK

If you have time on your hands, why not watch one of our short films or look at one of our local history publications?

Top Choices:

“Riverside Voices”: a film about the stories of people who worked and lived along the West Newcastle riverside, directed by local film-maker Adrin Neatrour commissioned by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne 

“Stories from the Graveyard: telling the story of Benwell and Scotswood”: a series of six short films about people buried in St James’ Graveyard –   Stories from the Graveyard

“Restoring the Graveyard”: watch volunteers at work with a specialist stonemason restoring and repairing damaged memorials in the graveyard as part of a project funded by HLF – Restoring the Graveyard

“Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century”: one of our most recent publications – Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century

We have more than 30 books, heritage guides and films available to view or download.  To see what’s available, click on the Publications and resources page at the top of this screen.

CONTACT

Email: stjamesbenwell@gmail.com
Write: c/o Sunnybank Centre, 12/14 Sunnybank Avenue, Pendower, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6SD