29 January 2013

Round the County Day 2013

ANLHS January 2013 Newsletter

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Emily Wilding Davison went to the Epsom Derby in 1913 and her action there, vividly recorded by the newsreel cameras, is probably the most widely remembered event in the campaign for women’s suffrage.

To mark the centenary of Ms Davison’s death from her injuries that day,  Dr Liz O’Donnell will give a talk, ‘Hens that want to Crow – Suffragists and Suffragettes of the North East of England 1865-1914’, at our Members meeting on 2 March (details below).

Emily Wilding Davison
Liz’s doctoral thesis explored the relationship between first-wave feminism and Quaker women and she is well versed in the fight for women’s suffrage. She is currently an outreach officer for the Northumberland Collections Service and Oral History Co-ordinator for the highly successful Mapping Popular Politics Project lead by the North East Labour History Society.
All Individual Members and members of affiliated Local History Societies are welcome to attend the Members meeting. Full details are available on the ANLHS website ( www.anlhs.org.uk ).

1.15 Saturday 2nd March
St Nicholas Church Hall, South Gosforth

This year marks the bicentenary of the Newcastle Antiquaries, the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the country. A plaque is to be placed on the corner of Grainger Street and the Bigg Market to mark the site of its first meeting.

From an initial 68, the Antiquaries’ membership now spread across the world and its highly regarded journal, Archaeologia Aeliana is available in libraries across Europe, America and Australia. Series 1 and 2 (1822-1904) are now available on the internet.

For two centuries the Society has encouraged a greater understanding of the history and archaeology of the north-east. Many leading figures in the history of British archaeology were members and recent Presidents have included Prof. Norman McCord, Grace McCombie and Dr Constance Fraser, current President of ANLHS.

To celebrate the Society’s amazing achievement numerous events, open to all, are planned throughout the year and details are available on the Society’s web site at www.newcastle-antiquaries.org.uk .  

Numerous events are planned over the coming year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. On behalf of ANLHS, Norham and Ladykirk LHS are to host a Study Day on Saturday 11th May.

The day aims to provide an insight into the events leading up to and following the battle, a tour of Norham Village and Castle, and an opportunity for a guided tour of the battle field with Clive Hallam-Baker.


Mitford Historical Society will be our hosts this year. Although a small village, Mitford has a fascinating story to tell and you will have the opportunity to visit St Mary Magdalene Church or the Castle, the Old Manor House and Mitford Hall. An optional homemade hot lunch will also be available.

The event will be held on Saturday 7th September and hopefully the weather will be kind. Those attending will be sent full details in August.

Further details and booking forms for the Flodden 500 and Mitford Round the County Day are available from your LHS, the ANLHS website or the Secretary (Tel. 0191 290 2366 or  E-mail localhistory@virginmedia.com ). Numbers are limited for both events so don’t delay.
The Collingwood Society, dedicated to all things related to the Admiral, is now up and running following a very successful inaugural Annual General Meeting in November.

A full programme has been prepared including various talks, a day of commemorative events throughout Morpeth Town Centre on Thursday 7 March and on 21st October the annual ‘Toast the Admiral’ event hosted by North Tyneside Council.

More information, pending completion of a new website, can be found on the old festival website at www.collingwood2010.co.uk .

Saturday 2nd March 2013        Members Group Meeting, St Nicholas Church Hall, S. Gosforth.
Saturday 11th May 2013          Flodden 500 Study Day hosted by Norham and Ladykirk LHS.
Saturday 7th Sept 2013           Round the County Day hosted by Mitford Historical Society.
Saturday 9th Nov 2013            ANLHS AGM, Stannington Village Hall
Saturday 1st March 2014         Members Group Meeting, St Nicholas Church Hall, S. Gosforth.
Saturday 5th April 2014           Study Day jointly hosted by Wallsend LHS and The Friends of Segedunum.
Sat 21st or 28th June 2014       Round the County Day hosted Glendale LHS.

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Norham and Battle of Flodden


Norham and the Battle of Flodden
To be held on Saturday 11 May 2013 at NORHAM and a visit to the battle site.

The Battle of Flodden took place on 9th September 1513 and to commemorate the event the ANLHS in conjunction with Norham and Ladykirk Local History Society are holding a Study Day on 11th May 2013. The battle was a National tragedy that led to the death of 15,000 Scots and English soldiers, 100 noblemen and the Scottish King James IV and this is a unique opportunity to learn more about the events of the time.

10-00 a.m.                 Registration, tea / coffee, in Norham Village Hall
10-30 a.m.                 Guided tour of Norham village / Castle
12-00 a.m.                 Lunch
1-00 p.m.                    Talk on Local Area & Flodden
2-00 – 2-30 p.m.       Transfer to Flodden battlefield site, using own transport.
3-00 p.m.                    Walk around Flodden with Clive Hallam-Baker
Tickets are available from the ANLHS at £9.00 each and include tea / coffee upon arrival.
A location map & parking information will be issued with the tickets.
A buffet lunch with a vegetarian option is available, both at a cost of £6-00 per person.

Please complete the form below and send it with your cheque to Mr M Thompson, 21 Melrose Avenue, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland NE25 0JR, Tel. No. 0191-2373051, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope for your ticket(s).

The closing date for ticket applications is Wednesday 24th April 2013
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To: Mr. M Thompson, 21 Melrose Avenue, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland NE25 0JR
Please send………….tickets for the ANLHS Study Day to be held on 11th May 2013 at Norham, @ £9.00 each.
I/we also require ……. Lunch (es) at £6-00 each.

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

I / We enclose a cheque for the total of £………… made out to ANLHS.

Name ………………………………………………………………

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09 January 2013

Puffing Billy Festival

Notice of meeting…

Photograph reproduced with kind permission of Beamish Museum.
Photograph was taken at the Haugh Pit in the early 1860’s and shows Puffing Billy with the driver J. Carr (right) and fireman W. Greener (left). In the background are three buildings still standing today - the former school of 1854 (far left), Laburnum House (centre) and the Wesleyan Chapel of 1834 on the extreme right.

Invitation to community groups

In 2013 communities along the Wylam to Lemington waggonway will be celebrating 200 years since steam locomotives were used to transport coal from Wylam colliery to Lemington staiths on the River Tyne.

These early engines were the cutting edge technology of the period. being the first commercial steam locomotives working on the adhesion principle. They helped pave the way for the future development of modern railways across the world.

‘Puffing Billy’ was one of these steam locomotives, built circa 1813 – 14, working for nearly 50 years along the waggonway. The engine survives today, almost certainly the oldest locomotive in the world and a fully operational working replica was built in Beamish and launched in 2005.

A group of interested parties has begun to meet to discuss possible events to develop a programme for a Puffing Billy Festival which will include visits to and from Beamish Museum, involve the Puffing Billy replica, community events and an attempt to replicate the steam power that travelled down the lines with pupil power that will travel along the track way from Wylam to Newburn (along its original route).

This group including, so far, representatives from Wylam Parish Council, Beamish Museum, members of local groups, members of the public, Northumberland County Councillors and officers and Newcastle City Councillors and officers would like to invite you to find out more and how you can get involved at an informal meeting on;

Wednesday 16th January at 7pm Walbottle Campus, Hexham Road, Walbottle. Newcastle upon Tyne. NE15 9TP

We all feel that this is a great opportunity to use this very significant anniversary to build on the many successful community events of 2012, foster cross community links and develop cross county links and are keen and excited to involve as many people and groups as possible.

Please pass this on to other interested parties, come along, have a cup of tea, find out the ideas we have had and discuss any ideas of your own.

If you would like to come along or have any questions then please contact;  

Geraldine Starker
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Beamish Museum         
0191 370 4000 (ext 2080)

Tom Martin
Wylam Parish Council

02 January 2013

Lindisfarne Gospels

Two of the region's top playwrights have been commissioned to pen a play to celebrate the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham in the summer of 2013.

Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, the Tyneside-based writers whose comedy work includes Dirty Dusting, Waiting For Gateaux, Maggie's End , Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather and the recent hugely popular Amazing Grace, will be adding a play about the history of the region’s famous manuscript and St Cuthbert to their canon of national and international hit plays.  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham has been commissioned by destination management agency, Visit County Durham, with production partner Gala Theatre Durham, and will premiere in Durham on 2 July 2013.
Trevor Wood said: "We are really pleased to be asked to write this play. While we will have utmost respect for the subject matter we can assure everyone it will be very funny.  We have some amazing material to work with and there will be 1400 years of North East history crammed into one unmissable production."
Melanie Sensicle, Chief Executive of Visit County Durham said "Lindisfarne Gospels Durham will be a catalyst for a celebration of the region’s cultural and artistic heritage.  There will be a host of events around the region and one of the most exciting and original will be this play.   As the title suggests this is a lighthearted and fun performance which takes a humorous look at the story of the Lindisfarne Gospels, featuring St Cuthbert, St Aidan, the Venerable Bede, the Kings of Northumbria, 390 cows and of course the Viking invasion of 793.”  

Robin Byers, Programming and Operations Manager at Gala Theatre said:  “We are really pleased to have Ed and Trevor on board, as they are synonymous with the North East and have produced loads of successful and very funny plays, many of which have been staged at Gala.  We are delighted that A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham will have its first performance at Gala in July 2013 before embarking on a regional tour.”

The production is being directed by Gareth Tudor Price, former Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company.  Gareth’s numerous theatre credits include Bouncers, Every Time It Rains, Up on the Roof and A Big Day for the Goldbergs. 
The Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest surviving bound book will be on loan from the British Library as part of a partnership with Durham University, Durham County Council and Durham Cathedral.  The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on show in world-class exhibition facilities on Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1 July to 31 September 2013.   For more information on Lindisfarne Gospels Durham go to: www.lindisfarnegospels.com
Tickets for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham are on sale now.  Contact Gala Theatre box office on 0191 3324041 or book online at www.galadurham.co.uk