BRANCH Newcastle2
Room 3, Brunswick Chapel,
Northumberland Court,

Meetings on 1st Wednesday in the month at 2.00 pm (No meetings in August and December)


5 January 2022,  George Stephenson  – Family Life  1781 – 1848, Speaker: Margaret Starkey


2 February 2022, Drunken Midwives and Common Strumpets,  Speaker: David Butler


2 March 2022,      Hitler – The Bohemian Corporal,  Speaker: Prof. John Derry


6 April 2022,        St Ann’s Church, Life and Labour c1760-1840, people who lived and were employed in Byker & Sandgate,

Speaker:  Mike Greatbatch 


4 May 2022,          DNA in Family History, an introduction and personal experiences, Speaker: Prof. John Heckels


1 June 2022,         Strange Tales of Old Newcastle, Speaker:  Geoff Hughes


6 July 2022,           Admiral Lord Collingwood, not only fired the first shot but led the fleet to victory at Trafalgar, Speaker: Anthony Atkinson

Reports of meetings

December 2021

For our December Branch Meeting we had 12 present with 1 apology.

Our talk was by Susan Lynn who has given several talks to us and other Branches in the past. She always researches her topics well and delivers them with confidence and humorous asides. This talk was equal to her best.

This talk was “Hunting of the Whale in Arctic Waters”. It was the story of the men and their ships which set out from the Tyne. Susan presented details and pictures of ships used along with maps of the routes taken. She emphasised that in the 18th and 19th century whale oil was essential for many uses before mineral oils were available. Conservation of the species was not even considered. The rewards were good especially in the early days but tailed off in the late 19th century: the whalers had to be tough men who often suffered injury or even fatality.

Last updated 11th January 2022