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, 10 October Ron will lead a linear walk (with a few minor diversions) from the north of the town to the south. We will meet at 10.30 at King's Gate, Newcastle University (just off the Haymarket) and proceed in a largely Southerly direction to the Quayside, via Percy Street, Newgate Street, Bigg Market, St Nicholas Cathedral and The Castle, going down The Castle Stairs to the Quayside and an optional lunch at the pub of the same name. We will meet the following Thursday in Pink Lane at 10.30 to talk about the walk.
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.