The Society's seal and three photographs


Our library contains a wealth of interesting material, old and new. Each month, this new web-page will link to an article about one item in our collection.

June 2019

Our June book is a unique copy of the History of Corbridge and its Antiquities, by Robert Forster, published in 1881. What makes this copy unique is that it has many manuscript sheets ‘tipped in’ to it. Forster made so many inserts that he felt the need to tip in a separate Contents Page inside the front cover. The Society already had an ordinary copy of this book, but this special copy from the library of local historian Philip Brooks, and was kindly donated to the Society in 2018 by his widow, Barbara.

May 2019

Our May Book was a Guide to the Castle, dated 1847 and put together with other documents and press cuttings by our member John Ventress, who was also an accomplished carpenter and joiner.

April 2019

To mark the forthcoming Hadrian's Wall Pilgrimage, the April article was about a visit to Hadrian's Wall made in 1801 by a Somerset vicar, John Skinner. The book itself is not old, being a version of Rev. Skinner's journal, edited by Howard and John Coombs, published by Kingsmead Press in 1978, and kindly donated to us recently. Consult the book in our library  to find out what a Somerset vicar thought of our region more than 200 years ago...

In the future, don’t forget your past