If you are interested in local history, why not join in our activities for Local History Month? This year we are focusing on Newcastle’s outer west areas of Newburn, Lemington, Sugley and Bell’s Close. There are four new talks and a film for you to watch – available on this website NOW. Click here to find out more.
Talks and Films
For Local History Month this year we have specially recorded four talks and a film about aspects of the history of Newcastle’s Outer West. Click on the talk below to open it in YouTube.
If you want to get out and explore local history yourself, there is a guided tour of the historic church of St Michael and All Angels, a choice of self-guided walks, and a group walk around the former industrial sites of the outer west. Click here to find out more.
NEW maps and pictures book
Our new book “Newcastle’s Outer West through the years in Maps and Pictures” is now available. Copies can be obtained on this website by clicking here, by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by coming along to one of our Local History Month events at Newburn (see above for details).
NEW Heritage Guides
Just released – a new heritage trail in this series of illustrated booklets exploring the history of different neighbourhoods in West Newcastle. This new guide takes you on a five-mile circular walk around Newburn, Lemington, Bell’s Close and Sugley, taking in the former industrial sites.
The other heritage guides cover the areas of different neighbourhoods in West Newcastle. These include walk trails that take you around local heritage sites. The booklets cover the areas of:
You can download these booklets by clicking on the area above OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at email@example.com
WEST END AT WAR: STORIES FROM THE HOME FRONT
A new booklet telling the stories in their own words of nineteen residents of the west end of Newcastle who lived through the Second World War” You can download these booklets by clicking here OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST END PUZZLES WITH A LOCAL HISTORY THEME
How well do you know the history of the area?
VISITING ST JAMES’ GRAVEYARD
We are continuing to look after the historic graveyard of St James’ in Benwell. 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 email@example.com and ask to subscribe.
You can find all of our previous publications, including West End Stories and Benwell and Scotswood in the Early 20th Century on our Publications and Resources page – click here to see it.
Write: c/o Sunnybank Centre, 12/14 Sunnybank Avenue, Pendower, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6SD