Showcasing the history of North Shields

A charity has launched a new way to bring the history of North Shields to life.

By David Sedgwick
Friday, 10 May, 2019, 10:12
North Tyneside Young Mayor Amelie Ferris with Rob Currie, from Sunderland Software City, testing out some of the emerging technology North Shields Heritology Project plan to use. Picture by Alison Spedding Photography.

The North Shields Heritology Project is using new and emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality, Immersive Sound and Augmented Reality and is the first of its king in the town.

Officials hope it will inspire a new audience to engage in the many tales of tragedy, triumph, heroism and upheaval local people lived through.

“Our aim is to bring this human history to life through Music, Poetry and dramatic re-enactments of real life situations.”

The group will be showcasing the work as part of Local History Day at North Shields Library on Saturday, from 10am to 3.30pm.

Last week, they launched the project with the help of organisations, musicians, writers and theatre group Blowin’ a Hooley.

John Grundy, television broadcaster and author, gave a keynote talk at the event on why Heritage is important.

John said: “Everywhere you turn in North Shields there are stories from the past, it’s an extraordinary place and you can’t help but be excited by it.

“It’s a place where things happen and you can’t come to Shields without feeling a real sense of place.”

The Heritology Project has received a grant of £1,000 from the R W Mann Trust to purchase marketing materials so that they can raise awareness of the Project’s activities, as well as £1,000 from the John Laing Charitable Trust and £5,000 from an anonymous Philanthropic resident of North Shields.