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Our latest news bulletin is issue 64, dated June 2018.

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 Events in the region

Follow these links to find out more about events organised by others in the North East (or occasionally further afield if they involve our members), this month and through the year. If you know of an event that might interest our members, please e-mail the website editor with full details.


  • Thanks to everyone who has helped us identify the buildings in Geoff Briggs' glass slides. They are still available on Flickr, but in the course of a week people have put names (sometimes, several different names!) to around three-quarters of them. If you can identify any of the rest, please leave a comment on the Flickr page or send an e-mail to Irwin. Meanwhile, we have had another generous gift of around 200 slides taken by an amateur photographer called John Hume, between the late 1890s and mid-1950s, which will in due course also be digitised and made available for identification. More about them in the next News Bulletin, due out December 2018

  • Our Data Protection Policy is now available on this website. As required under the General Data Protection Regulations, we are no longer sending e-circulars or electronic copies of the News Bulletin to those from whom we have not received specific consent to do so. Members who have not consented default to receiving items by post only. You can of course resubscribe to our e-mail lists at any time; simply send us an e-mail, including your name and (if known) your membership number.

  • DigVentures are crowdfunding for an excavation at the Anglo-Saxon monastery site at Coldingham this summer from 19 June to 1 July. Follow this link for details of the planned activity, and of how to support them.

  • Was the North East the catalyst for the English Civil War? That’s the question being asked in a new blog by our library volunteer, Kate Buckley, who has been studying our collection of civil war material. Read it here

  • The latest list of acquisitions for our library can be consulted here

  • Historical enactment group Time Bandits have produced a free pamphlet, aimed at schools and other interested people about the Great Flood of 1771, linking it to flooding on the Tyne in modern times. This is part of their work for the Unlocking the Archives project supported by the Antiquaries and the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can download the internet version here.
  • Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn are exploring the possibility of a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand and promote the work they have been doing on the Manorial Documents Register for Northumberland. Before doing this, they need to demonstrate the need for such a project, and so have issued a questionnaire; they would be grateful if people would spend a few minutes completing it, and returning it by e-mail.
  • DigVentures have begun crowdfunding for a third year of digging at Lindisfarne this year, and also for one at Coldingham. Follow this link if you would like to contribute to these or other archaeological projects.

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For biographical details of many our deceased members, going back to the earliest history of the Society, follow this link for the SANT Biographical Directory. This document was first put together, with considerable research, by Barbara Harbottle, and is being kept up to date now by Sue Ward. Any comments, additional material, and references (in print or on the web) will be gratefully received by her.

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