Here you will find links to our collection of publications and resources which you can view and download.
Ruth Nicholson’s Elswick
A new booklet from St James’ Heritage & Environment Group tells the story of the transformation of Elswick during the 19th century, from rural area to suburb of Newcastle, through the experience of one family. Ruth Nicholson, the eldest daughter of the vicar of St Stephen’s in Low Elswick, was a pioneer in the field of women and medicine. During the First World War she worked as a doctor near the frontline. The booklet contains a walk trail, visiting the sites of places connected with the Nicholson family, enabling you to explore 19th century Elswlck on foot or to follow the trail through the illustrated pages. You can download Ruth Nicholson’s Elswick by clicking here
Quayside to Paradise – local author Michael Chaplin narrates our film about a journey along the Tyne from Newcastle Quayside to Paradise, telling the stories of the lost industries that used to occupy the riverbanks. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Z5-2MJkv4
The Gut is Great – John Taberham explores the lost industries of Lemington Gut amidst the mud and ruins of the post-industrial landscape – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUT8NR4-RgE
Hidden Nature Exhibition
Local History in Lockdown
Talks from Local History Month 2021
For Local History Month 2021 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.
Talks from the Big Alternative Local History Event
Scot’s Wood: medieval Scotswood and its deer park, a talk by Rosie Serdiville – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLOFxHAysKI
The Survivors Tale, a talk by Ian Farrier – https://youtu.be/is9hkldItJw
What’s In A Name, a talk by Richard Bliss – https://youtu.be/ZKvFMhSsnAg
An 18th Century Newcastle Housekeeper, a talk by Sue Ward – https://youtu.be/MG_3ygQUR5w
The Grand and the Majestic: Memories of a childhood spent in the cinemas of Condercum Road, a talk by John Taberham – https://youtu.be/-qn9CE4iqpw
The full St James Heritage and Environment YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCePDTnx6zYkg9foHiF7z13Q/
Resources for schools
Local history books
Heritage trails and guides
Local History Month 2021
Films and audio recordings
Gannin’ Alang the Wall – 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 just beyond the western boundary.
Restoring the Graveyard – 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.
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.
Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne – our new film about the history of industry along the West Newcastle riverside. This film 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.
This film is part of our project Bringing it back home: Benwell and Scotswood during the First World War funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage & Environment Group Newsletters