Posts by venue: Local History

“At your service ma’am,” local brands which saw us through the war – by Hannah Mather, Customer Service Assistant and Volunteer

This blog examines brands of food, cosmetics and cleaning products which were locally made and advertised throughout WWII. Thomas Hedley & Company Ltd was a major British Company, based in Newcastle, that manufactured soaps. Two of its most well-known products… Read more

‘Make Do and Mend’: Woman magazine’s guide to wartime fashion – by Hannah Mather, Customer Service Assistant and Volunteer

During wartime, it was expected of everyone to put all their efforts toward winning the war. This often meant working harder and making extra effort. The Make Do and Mend campaign encouraged people to make new by using material from… Read more

Was the North East the catalyst for the English Civil War? – A guest post by Volunteer Kate Buckley

My name is Kate Buckley and I am a volunteer in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library. As a final year History student at Newcastle University it is probably unsurprising that I am interested in the English Civil War. However,… Read more

The Development of the Racing Shell: Tyne Innovations Part 2 – by Ian Whitehead

In Part 1 I looked at the origins of boat racing on the River Tyne and went on to explore the Tyne contribution to the invention and refinement of the outrigger, the bringing inboard of the keel, single strake (shell) construction… Read more

The legend of St. Cuthbert – a journey of discovery by Kate Buckley

My name is Kate Buckley and I am a third year History student at Newcastle University. I also act as a Library Volunteer in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library where I work with the fascinating collection of books that… Read more