07 June 2016

Rev Peter Barham Films and talk

Could you publicise these round your networks please

Saturday 18 June - Peter's final Railway Films - after eight years of showing railway films to the good people of Ponteland, it is time to move to Derby and Midland Railway territory. Peter will show a selection of his favourite films at St Mary's Church Hall, Ponteland, NE20 9PZ at 3 pm and 7.30 pm. We will visit the Peak District, watch "Any Man's Kingdom" about 1950s Northumberland, have a trip to Scotland, and post a letter on a train. Admission free, donations for British Heart Foundation, doughnuts in the interval.

Wednesday 22 June - after several requests (well, three), Peter will give his talk on John Wilson Carmichael in St Mary's Church Hall, Ponteland, NE20 9PZ at 7.30 pm. Carmichael is a North East artist, most famous for his nautical paintings, who also sketched the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway as it was being built.  Admission free, donations for British Heart Foundation, but no doughnuts in the interval (twice in one week would be too indulgent!)

Thanks for your support over the years


06 April 2016

Northumberland Name Books


The Ordnance Survey Name Books are the records of the fieldwork by Royal Engineers surveyors as a basis for the First Edition Six Inch maps and subsequent maps. As well as surveying, they collected information about places and place-names from local informants. The Northumberland Name Books project seeks to make this valuable resource available to researchers and the general public and will begin with a pilot phase of digitising and transcribing indexes and a selection of whole books. Transcription will be by volunteers, with initial training and guidance and checking throughout. The handwriting is in the main easily legible. Transcribers will ideally be able to work on their own computer.
There will be a preliminary meeting or anyone interested in transcribing on Thursday 21st April from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in the Commercial Union House (4th floor), Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. Any queries or offers to help to Diana Whaley on Diana.Whaley@ncl.ac.uk.