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. Some of these items, and others in the library, have extra pages or illustrations 'tipped in', and over time we will be digitising and transcribing these to make them a

July 2019

Our July feature is entitled Obotriten Worship, a shortened version of the very long German title of a book dating from 1771 and donated to the Society in 1829. Much detective work has led to the discovery that the book probably belonged to Queen Charlotte, George III's consort, and may have given to her by the author or illustrator.

June 2019

Our June feature was about a unique copy of Robert Forster's History of Corbridge, published in 1881.  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. It includes a large number of manuscript pages 'tipped in' by the author. Follow the links below to see images of these additional pages, with transcriptions.

History of Corbridge and its Antiquities part 1, images and transcriptions.

History of Corbridge and its Antiquities part 2, images and transcriptions

These pages are part of our new Extras Project. Follow this link to find out more about it.

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