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Tuesday 11th January 2022 

Axwell Hall - Georgian Splendour in Blaydon by Susan Lynn


Tuesday 8th February 2022

A People's History of Gibside by Val Scully


Tuesday 8th March 2022

Inner Ward-Heart of the Fortress by Graeme Young

The Inner Ward at Bamburgh Castle is not just the focus of a spectacular medieval castle but of the palace complex of the early medieval kings of Northumbria. Archaeological investigations have  revealed fascinating and at times unexpected archaeological results.




Tuesday 12th April 2022

Norman Cornish, the Centenary Lecture by Mike Thornton

Norman Cornish MBE was perhaps the most significant artist to emerge from the North East of England in the 20th Century and he recorded one of the most important passages in English history. Revealing predominantly unseen works, the talk covers many of the key moments in Cornish’s career including commissions such as The Durham Miners’ Gala Mural in 1962, Cornish in Paris in 1967 and two commissions for The Port of Tyne Authority in 1982. Mike Thornton, Cornish's son-in-law, will also include images of life in his family home from the 50s and 60s in Spennymoor, which is being recreated at Beamish Museum to open later in 2019.  It's a story of great determination and resilience to overcome adversity and prejudice, on his journey to become a professional artist.


Tuesday 10th  May 2022

The War Came Early to Sleepy Valley by Peter Brabban


This audio-visual presentation will tell the story of a working class family from Tantobie during the years of the Second World War.


Peter Brabban, a member of the North East Labour History Society, will be looking at these years through the perspective of working class people whose voices have been drowned out by middle class participants.








Tuesday 14th June

The Lit & Phil by Margaret Bozic

The LIterary  and Philosophical Society of Newcastle was founded in 1793 and moved to its present premises in 1825.  This illustrated talk is about the history of the building and the Society and what it offers to everyone at present. I will be encouraging everyone to visit and can arrange a tour of the building.


Tuesday 13th September

Jubilee Jack by Julian Harrop


Tuesday 11th October

The Bensham and other Settlements by Ruth Gilchrist

The settlement movement started in the 1880s in the east end of London with Toynbee Hall, as a response to the growing divide between rich and the poor. It soon spread wider afield including to the North East of England where the most well-known are Bensham Grove and Spennymoor Settlements. This talk will explore some of the ideas behind the movement and some of the changes it promoted.

Tuesday 14th November

The River Team: an industrial legacy  by Lee Cook

A talk considering the area around the River Team, from its source in the hills above Gateshead to its mouth at the Tyne at Dunston. There has been a lot of industrial history in and around this area, despite it being a little known or talked about river in comparison to the River Tyne.
I shall highlight past industry in the upper reaches of the valley presenting evidence of such by means of a colourful presentation.  On the river's journey along the Team Valley I consider this area in greater depth and look at improvement schemes which have been implemented at Lamesley Pastures and the Norwood Coke works site.  To conclude I shall consider the Teams area as “the gut” makes its way to the Tyne, an area with a rich industrial history, which appears very differently to as it did in the past.

Tuesday 12th December 2022

AGM and Christmas Party



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