Bringing the history of North Shields to life

A North Shields-based heritage group is looking for the community to help bring the area’s rich history to life in a unique way.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 12:22 pm
Updated Friday, 13th September 2019, 11:07 am
Trustees and Volunteers at the Project’s launch event in May.
Trustees and Volunteers at the Project’s launch event in May.

The North Shields Heritology Project (NSHP) is holding its next Memory Cafés, inviting local people to come and chat about what life was like on the North Shields Fish Quay between 1850 and 1980.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share any memories, or stories, and any photos from the period with the project’s researchers.

Emerging technologies such as virtual reality and immersive sound, will be used to bring history to life at a number of digital heritage events at venues across the town once the research is completed.

NSHP secretary Dave Young said: “Our aim is to reveal the history of the North Shields Fish Quay from 1850 to 1980, a period of immense social change, through the eyes of the ordinary working people who populated ‘Low Town’ – once known as ‘The Street of all Nations’ because of the huge diversity in its population.”

NSHP chairman, Jonathan Barrand, added: “We want this to be a unique experience, and not just a simple timeline of facts and figures.

“Inspiring, and often tragic, there are some amazing stories to be told, which we’ll bring to life through the spoken word, music from the period, and re-enactments of actual events.”

The next cafes are taking place on Saturday from 10am to 4pm at St Columba’s Church, Northumberland Square, North Shields, and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm at The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields.

NSHP has secured a number of grants from local charities and organisations to fund the project, including landlord Karbon Homes, RW Mann Trust, John Laing Charitable Trust, Hadrian Trust, and the Venator Community Bright Ideas fund.

Melanie Rees, Community Connector for Karbon Homes, which awarded the project £1,000 through its ‘investing in communities’ fund, said: “North Shields is an area steeped in diverse history and when we first heard about the heritage experience project, we were keen to be able to help NSHP bring this to life.

“Projects like this, which celebrate the history of an area, really help bring communities together and help people to feel pride in the place they live. We’re looking forward to hearing the stories the project captures from local people, particularly those who are Karbon residents.”

To find out more about the project or to get in touch with any contributions, contact Dave Young via [email protected]