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. The existing Website Manager, Ron Burn (yours truly) would become the Group Contact/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, 12 March, Ron led a walk from the Central Station, round the Forth Banks development area and the Forth Yards Opportunity area. As it was not possible to meet for the presentation, it will be posted directly to the local history website.
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:
Covid 19 update 27/11/2020
Sorry to be so long contacting you. It has been a difficult time for me, healthwise, since we last met, although I have yet to succumb to the big one. I hope that you are all surviving and in reasonable health. I have spent a lot of my lockdown time working on my vast and ever expanding collection of local history photographs and preparing the basis for future walks when we finally re-emerge into the light. The task is enormous and is consuming many hundreds of hours of work, but it is providing many future presentations, probably more than I can manage in my lifetime. Not much of this has yet found its way onto the website but it is coming. When we do finally resume operations, we will restart with the postponed Tynemouth walk to be led by Ian Jobson. He has already prepared the presentation, and the walk should be a treat in store. The nature of this group is such that it is not feasible for members to meet up via Zoom in the meantime. Be patient. Hopefully we can get together again in the Spring.
You can contact me by emailing me via the link at the bottom of the page.