All posts by Alan Hayward

About Alan Hayward

I've been working as an archivist at the Discovery Museum for over ten years. I really enjoy the variety of the job. My time is usually divided between selecting which documents should be preserved in the Archives, cataloguing them and helping visitors to our searchroom to interpret and understand them. I recently completed a special fifteen month project to catalogue the Sunderland shipbuilding records we hold.

First World War stories: A Headmaster’s view of the War part 2

In an earlier blog I looked at the first two months of the First World War through the eyes of Alfred Grundy, Headmaster of Whitburn Junior Mixed School. Grundy’s weekly entries in the School log book give us a fascinating… Read more

Health and safety at work 100 years ago

While I was recently cataloguing the personnel records in the Vickers Armstrong collection I came across a large quantity of accident records. These give a fascinating insight into working conditions at the factories and shipyards operated by the firm in Newcastle… Read more

Crime and punishment in North Shields

Back in November 2010 Tyne & Wear Archives was given a photograph album  of prisoners brought before the North Shields Police Court between 1902 and 1916 (TWAM ref. DX1388/1). The album contains over a thousand mugshots of prisoners and several… Read more

Were your ancestors apprentices at the Elswick Works?

I’m pleased to report that work is progressing well on the ‘Workshop of the World’ project to catalogue our Vickers Armstrong archives collection. I’ve recently been working on the firm’s administrative records, which include a large quantity of agreements. Many… Read more

‘Turners saved my marriage’

Christmas is fast approaching. It’s a special time of year for many people and it’s also a very busy time for shops. Businesses are going into overdrive with publicity campaigns to get us to buy their products and all this… Read more