All posts by Dorothy

About Dorothy

My name is Dorothy and I have been a volunteer at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery for about two years. Over the last few months I have been cataloguing the possessions of the late Joseph Cunningham who ran a hairdressing business from the front room of his home in South Shields.

Joe’s blog no. 5

Before we ‘say Goodbye’ to Joe there is one more aspect of his life that I’d like to share with you. Throughout his adult life, Joe was an ardent fan of Gracie Fields and both collected and promoted all her… Read more

Joe’s Blog

During the recent weeks of heavy snow we were reminded by the media of previous severe seasons such as the winter of 1947.  A comparison that isn’t altogether fair when we remember that, although the war was over, rationing and… Read more

Christmas and New Year are a time for parties

Christmas and New Year are time for parties, dressing up and looking your best which usually involves a trip to the hairdressers.  Lets go back 60 years and see what Joe could offer at his hairdressing salon in Baring Street, South… Read more

Joe’s blog part 2

Joe was described by those who knew him as a ‘gentle man with a smile for everyone’. In a letter to his mother, sent during WWII when he was on active service in the Middle East, he wrote that it… Read more

Joe’s blog

My name is Dorothy and I have been a volunteer at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery for about two years. Over the last few months I have been cataloguing the possessions of the late Joseph Cunningham who ran a… Read more