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.
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 email@example.com
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: