HISTORY AND HERITAGE TALKS

Talks are held on the last Thursday of the month, at 7.30pm in the Hearth Hall.  Entry is £5 on the door, and includes refreshments. 

Entry is free to those aged 21 and under, thanks to a generous donation from The Hedley Foundation

 

PROGRAMME OF HISTORY AND HERITAGE TALKS FOR 2018       

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7.30pm

THE NATURAL HERITAGE OF NORTHUMBERLAND NATIONAL PARK

Speaker Gill Thompson

Speaker Gill Thompson, Ecologist for Northumberland National Park, will outline the history of  Northumberland National Park and National Parks in general, then focus on the special habitats and species of Northumberland National Park including heather moorland, peatland, hay meadows, curlews and bumblebees.  Finally she will describe what is done to maintain and enhance the habitats for the future.

Thursday 29th March, 7.30pm

GEORGIAN & VICTORIAN QUAYSIDE CHARACTERS

Speaker Richard Stevenson 

A highly entertaining look at the way people lived on the Quayside of Newcastle and Gateshead during its industrial heyday and decline. From high-flyers and heroes to villains and victims, this talk will introduce you to a few of its quirkier historical characters that achieved fame and notoriety at their time, although many have since been forgotten about by the history books!  Richard Stevenson is a local author and heritage education specialist who is also known as 'That History Bloke'. He is a former teacher with 15 years’ experience working in historical venues such as Edinburgh Castle, Beamish Museum and St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead. Now self-employed, Richard inspires the region's school children to engage with history, through hands-on workshops.

 

Thursday April 26th, 7.30pm

THE LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OF NEWCASTLE 

Speaker 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. Speaker Margaret Bozic MBE is a retired Chartered Surveyor who lives in Washington.  She has been a Board Member of the Lit and Phil for the last four years.

 

Thursday May 31st, 7.30pm

WILLIAM LORD ARMSTRONG

Speaker Malcolm Smith

 

Thursday June 28th, 7.30pm

THE BLACKETTS: THEIR INFLUENCE ON NEWCASTLE AND BEYOND

Speakers Allan Kirtley and Martin Blackett

From relatively modest beginnings in 14th century rural County Durham the Blackett family spread out across north-east England to Newcastle and beyond, leaving their mark around the world in many ways: from stately homes to the birth of the soap opera, from politics to publishing, and from economics to engineering.

The Blackett name can still be found today, from Blackett Street in Central Newcastle to buildings in Australasia, topographical features in North America and even on the far side of the moon.

The work to link all this together has been carried out by three Blackett descendants, Al Kirtley, Pat Longbottom and Martin Blackett, genealogists who published 'A History of the Blacketts' in 2013.

 

 

Thursday July 5th, 7.30pm

BEWICK TO BALTIC: ART AND EDUCATION IN THE NORTH EAST

Speaker James Hall

 


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