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 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 has been a Board Member of the Lit and Phil for the last four years.

 

Thursday May 31st, 7.30pm

WILLIAM ARMSTRONG - THE EMPEROR OF INDUSTRY

Speaker Malcolm Smith

Although renowned worldwide as a leading industrialist in engineering, shipbuilding and munitions it is sometimes forgotten that William Armstrong is also known as 'The Reluctant Lawyer'.  It was the law that was his first vocation and which he practised as a partner in a leading Newcastle firm of solicitors.  The talk traces his life and that of his family from a small village in Cumberland via Shieldfield and Jesmond Dene to the imposing Cragside and Bamburgh Castle.  He lived through the whole of the Victorian period which saw Britain become the world's most powerful trading nation - a direct result of the industrialisation led by people such as William Armstrong.

Malcolm Smith is a retired Company Director with experience in the Pharmaceutical and Aviation industries.  Born in Newcastle, he has lived and worked in Scotland, Yorkshire and Surrey.  On retiring he returned to the North-East to pursue his interest in local history, especially Victorian, and flying!

 

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 Dr James Hall

Art and education are inextricably linked in that the making of art and artefacts relies on teaching, learning and developing the processes and practices involved. The teachers are usually artists themselves, from Thomas Bewick and his apprentice engravers at his Newcastle workshop to artists’ and teachers’ engagement with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead some 200 years later. James shall argue that the northeast of England has played a leading role in art education and continues to lead, inspire and innovate today.

 James Hall (chair of trustees at the Hearth) studied fine art at Newcastle Polytechnic from 1968 to 1971, before teaching art and design in County Durham schools and subsequently lecturing in art and design education at Reading and Roehampton Universities, now living and practising as a printmaker in the Tyne Valley. The story is a personal view and does not claim to be a comprehensive survey, nor could it possibly be in one evening’s talk, timed to coincide with The Great Exhibition of The North (22 June to 9 September 2018) celebrating art, design and technology in the north east of England.

 


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