Posts by date: May 2015

Frank Graham, North-East fighter in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War

In October 1938, the women of Barcelona presented this banner to the British Battalion of the International Brigades, whose members had fought on behalf of the Spanish Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. It marked the end of the war… Read more

Natural History Society Archives Highlight VE Day

This is a guest post by June Holmes, Archivist of the Natural History Society of  Northumbria. Friday 8 May 2015 is the anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War… Read more

Doctor Death

On Saturday 7th March, 1829, a little after 10 o’clock, an estimated 20,000 people were on the Town Moor in Newcastle awaiting a gruesome spectacle. They were there to see Jane Jamieson’s execution, sentenced to death for the murder of… Read more

Newcastle foodship crew witness the devastation of Guernica bombing in the Spanish Civil War

This photograph of refugees on the road from Guernica was taken by Norman Ramsey of South Shields shortly after the city was bombed on April 26th 1937. He had arrived on the Newcastle steamer Hamsterley, which had docked in Bilbao… Read more