Uncover history of the past at series of events

Empress Gardens, Whitley Bay.
Empress Gardens, Whitley Bay.

Residents are being invited to see what they can discover about the past, as Local History Month heads to the borough.

The month of activities kicks off on Saturday, May 2, with the annual Local History Day, at North Shields Customer First Centre, from 10am to 3pm.

The free event will feature more than 20 stalls from local history groups, writers and historians, and entertainment from local choirs.

Archive film screenings will be shown throughout the day, with volunteers from Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future providing archive footage of the industrial and social history of Tyneside in the 20th century, featuring ship construction at the Vickers-Armstrong yard on the Tyne.

The packed schedule also includes advice for budding writers who would like to take part in ‘Story Tyne 2015’ – North Tyneside’s very own short story competition, which this year has a theme of local history.

One of the highlights of the day is set to be the ancestry sessions, running at 10.15am and 2.30pm, where residents can find out how to use the free online resources available at North Tyneside libraries to research their family trees.

For details of the full programme, call (0191) 643 5270 or email discover@northtyneside.gov.uk