Posts by venue: Social History

Danger and adventure for Tyne and Wear ships’ crews in the Spanish Civil War

This photograph of the devastation of the Basque port of Bilbao in April 1937 was taken by Captain Still of the Newcastle ship Hamsterley, on a mission to take food to the beleaguered city and rescue refugees during the Spanish… Read more

Women in pictures – a few photos from TWAM’s online collection, Part II

As a volunteer at Discovery Museum, I’ve been helping with some work in the TWAM online photo collection, and along the way I’ve found some great photos I’d like to share with you featuring women.  Part I of this guest… Read more

Women in pictures – a few photos from TWAM’s online collection, Part I

As a volunteer at Discovery Museum I’ve been helping with some work in the TWAM online photo collection.  In the course of my ‘virtual exploration’ I’ve found some great photos I’d like to share with you featuring women.  Of course,… Read more

Beware the servants

As readers of murder mysteries well know, when a body is found in a large country house it’s usually the butler that did it. While this is just a crime fiction cliché, research that I recently carried out at North… Read more

Newcastle and the River Tyne in 1895: Bridges and Ships

This magnificent panorama shows Newcastle in 1895, at the height of the city’s industrial development. Hundreds of ships left the Tyne every month for destinations in Britain, Europe and America. Newcastle dominated the British coal trade and its shipyards built… Read more