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.
Programme of History and Heritage Talks for 2017
Thursday 30th March, 7.30pm
HAIG'S BIG PUSH, MESSINES AND YPRES 1917
Speaker John Sadler
In the centenary year of these battles of the First World War, John Sadler returns to the Hearth to illustrate Haig’s tactics and their outcomes.
Thursday 27th April, 7.30pm
TANFIELD RAILWAY - A WORLD FIRST
Speaker Alan Thompson
When the Tanfield Railway - or waggonway as it was known at the time - was built in 1725, it was still over 75 years before the first steam locomotive and a whole 100 years before the Stockton and Darlington Railway would be built; the Tanfield Railway was a world-changing innovation.
Thursday 25th May, 7.30pm
WHAT'S NEW ON HADRIAN’S WALL; Archaeology OnThe Wall In The 21st Century
Speaker Nick Hodgson
Archaeologist Nick Hodgson’s knowledge of Hardrian’s Wall is extensive and is he will be outlining the most up-to-date discoveries which inform our understanding of the lives of those who lived at this outpost of the Roman world
Thursday 29th June, 7.30pm
PUTTING THE 'CASTLE' INTO NEWCASTLE
Ian Ayris is the County Industrial Archaeologist of Tyne and Wear, whose specialist Conservation Team advises on the care of some of the historic treasures in Tyneside and Wearside's heritage. The subject tonight is the recently revamped Newcastle Castle.
Thursday 20th July, 7.30pm
THE CULLERCOATS SCHOOL – THE NORTH EAST VICTORIAN PAINTERS
John Nicholson maintains a permanent display of paintings at Graham Smith's, our near neighbour here in Horsley. His fascinating subject is the Cullercoats School, the group of Victorian professional artists who produced the now celebrated paintings of local fishermen and the coastal landscape.