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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.



    The Great Exhibition of the North ends on 9 September; there will then be a fortnight when the Great North Museum: Hancock is closed to the public whilst the exhibition is dismantled and everything is put back where it was before. The Museum reopens on Monday 24 September and Tyne and Wear Museums are planning a week of celebrations to mark the reopening. This will coincide with European Researchers’ Night on Friday 28 September. On that night and for one other day during the week (to be decided) it is planned to have volunteers in the Museum galleries acting as Talking Labels. The idea is that the volunteer stands next to a case which displays items of particular interest to them and talks to visitors about the objects thus providing more information than appears on the label. In this way it is hoped to provide a fuller visitor experience. If you are interested in being a Talking Label for a couple of hours, please contact Lindsay Allason-Jones. Don’t worry that you may not know enough – training will be provided.

  • We have a new list of library acquisitions between April and July this year; follow this link for details

  • Research project, Understanding Durham’s World Heritage Site Today; Anouk Lafortune-Bernard, PhD student from the archaeology department in Durham is conducting some research into perceptions and use of the World Heritage site.  She has been setting up focus groups to collect views, and would love to hear your point of view!  If you can help Anouk, please e-mail her

  • Congratulations to the Mining Institute, who have just announced that they've been granted £4.1m by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will revitalise the Grade II listed building and digitise the largest single collection of mining material in the world. The Institute will become the Common Room for the Great North, a public space telling the story of the North East’s industrial past.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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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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