Newcastle Family History Tynedale
Community Centre,
Northumberland, NE46 3NP

Meetings on 2nd Thursday in the month at 7.00 pm
(No meeting in August)

Next meeting: THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2017
Topic: “Members Forum, How we lived before technology”

Tynedale Branch 2017-18

12 Oct 2017 – Pub, Brewers & Beer in the North East, Speaker:  Andrew Clark
9th Nov 2017 – “Members Forum, Entertainment before the era of television
14 Dec 2017 – Life in Corbridge in the 50s & 60s, Speaker : Douglas Knott


Reports of meetings


Thursday 9th March 2017 –  AGM &  Mike Gibson – Along the Tyne from sources to sea in postcards


A selection of Mike Gibson’s large collection of postcards was the focus of a very interesting meeting. There was a break halfway to examine them more closely while having tea or coffee. (The postcards were protected with plastic covers.). In hindsight we could easily have had two meetings: one for the North and South Tyne sections down to Hexham and another covering the Tyne from Hexham to the sea.  This was partly because the postcards and their background information were fascinating but also because of audience participation.  The majority of the cards dated from well before World War 2 and it was interesting to see many of the changes.  Some changes were slight, others, for example a view of Plashetts, now submerged, contrasted hugely with the present view, in this case of Kielder Water.  Mike accompanied several pictures with mini histories of the name origins and features eg of the churches, mills, or big houses shown.  Bridges figured largely in postcards. In Newcastle alone there were enough to make up a talk.  Not all the postcards were photographs.  Some cards were copies of engravings or paintings eg Hexham Market Place two centuries ago or Tynemouth Priory. Nor were they all scenic, though still of great interest such as the pedestrian & cyclist Tyne Tunnel.

Cope Moorsholm,  13th March 2017


Past meetings

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