This is the former History Projects group, that was run so successfully for many years by Steve Brown. Unfortunately, Steve had to resign due to ill health, and sadly died on 21st August, 2018. It was agreed by the members that the group would continue with a new name. As more members are to contribute in the organisation of the new group, it was agreed that the existing Website Manager, Ron Burn (yours truly) would become the Group Contact, rather than the Group Leader.
We will continue to do a history based walk on the second Thursday of the month, then meet to discuss this on the third Thursday. The walk is usually urban, and in or near to Newcastle, mainly on the flat with occasional stairs and its focus is existing buildings and other features of the environment that have historical links and interest. The following Thursday we meet in Pink Lane to look through slides of photos from the walk, as well as associated images and to talk about what we saw. Both sessions usually start at 10.30 and finish around noon, with possibly a shared lunch afterwards. Longer trips may extend into the early afternoon.. You don't need any special knowledge to join in and we try to make sure the walks are fully accessible to as many members as possible. The group is very welcoming to new and current members.
On Thursday, 20 February, we will meet in Pink Lane for a talk by Sandra about blue plaques.
On Thursday, 12 March, Ron will lead a walk from the Central Station, round the Stephenson Quarter and Forth Banks development areas. We will meet at 10.30 in the Central Station portico. We will meet the following Thursday in Pink Lane at 10.30 to talk about the walk. In April, a trip to Tynemouth is planned, led by Ian Jobson. Many of the 2020 walks will be revisiting old haunts.
The link to the Local History website which I created from the photos etc. of all the various walks we've done over the last year or so is here:
Click to access Local History Gallery
The link to the local history photos collection in the Newcastle City library is here:
You can contact me by emailing me via the link at the bottom of the page.