History Events on Tyneside May and June

Minstrelsy Conc 26 June 2016 poster A

The Society is famous for producing the local musicians’ Bible, the Northumbrian Minstrelsy in 1882, which first gathered together and published that ‘astonishing treasure-cave’ (AL Lloyd) of ballads, songs and tunes of north east England.  As well as repertoire from the Minstrelsy, there will be items from some of the important manuscripts and collectors connected with the Society, including Atkinson, Vickers, Peacock and the grand-daddy of all collectors, John Bell.

Tickets are £14; concessions £12 avalable from Sage Box Office 0191 443 4661
General non-ticket queries to Kim Bibby-Wilson 01670 513308


Tuesday 3 May. 7pm. The General Strike: Was It Undermined By Volunteers?

Talk by Robin Smith, who has taught industrial relations at Durham and Northumbria universities, after spells as a research officer for a trade union and as a journalist on labour matters.

Upstairs at the Old George (between High Bridge & Bigg Mkt).

Saturday 14 May. 10.30pm. Anti-Slavery Town Walk

John Charlton will lead this walk us round surviving sites in Newcastle to show the connections between Newcastle business and slavery in North America and the Caribbean, those who benefited and those who led the campaign to end slavery itself. Meet at Grey’s Monument to  take Pilgrim St, the Quayside and Summerhill, ending around 12 midday near the Monument..(lunch together if interested).

There’s a limit on numbers so to confirm a place, contact johncharlton@blueyonder.co.uk

Thursday 19 May. 6.30pm. Slavery and Anti-Slavery on Tyneside 1780-1860

Talk by John Charlton.

Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society.

North East Popular Politics Database

I have recently added a lot more material from the 2007 Tyne & Wear Remembering Slavery project onto the North East Labour History Society’s North East Popular Politics database at ppp.nelh.net.

Subject Guide to Archival Holdings in North East

Published in June 2014 this introductory guides looks at Alnwick Archives, Newcastle City Library, Lit & Phil, Northumberland Archives, Robinson Library Special Collections and Tyne & Wear Archives. There is no cross reference to the NELH NEPPP database listings. The guide can be downloaded at:



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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