ASSOCIATION OF NORTHUMBERLAND
LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETIES
Registered Charity no. 251179
NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2013
DO YOU KNOW YOUR ONIONS? (Or rather your French Onion Man?)
ANLHS regularly receives queries from historians around the country, but a recent one was particularly unusual:
'I live in the South of England and have come across 2 photos of 9 French Onion men plus an English gentleman named Sgt. Baker (not in uniform) photographed in Northumberland – year unknown. My question to your members is, ‘is there any known history regarding French onion men in the Northumberland area?’ My reason for writing, the 2 photos I have in my possession could be displayed in the Roscoff, French Onion Museum, France which has recently opened.'
If you knew Sergeant Baker, can recognise anyone in these pictures, or have any recollections of French Onion men working in Northumberland, please let us know,via email,firstname.lastname@example.org
or letter to 11 Beverley Terrace, North Shields.
We will pass the information on, and who knows, your story may finish up in a museum in France!
ANLHS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013
1.15 Saturday 9TH November
Stannington Village Hall, Northumberland
The development of Newcastle’s medieval port facilities will be the focus for Dr Tony Barrow, our guest speaker at this year’s Annual General Meeting. Tony is an authority on North East maritime history and will be known to many Local History Societies. Come and hear this talk and be amazed by what is now partly under the quayside’s Tesco Express!
This talk will be a fascinating introduction to the ANLH Spring Study Day (see below
SPRING STUDY DAY?
Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Study Day on things Roman has had to be postponed. We are now looking at alternative topics and at the time of writing the likely subject is to be Newcastle Quayside. It is hoped the day will include a number of speakers and visits to some of the buildings which have a crucial role in the history of the quayside.
If such an event proves possible, full details will be included in the January 2014 mailing.
DR CONSTANCE FRASER MEMORIAL LECTURE
One way in which we hope to remember Dr Fraser’s enormous contribution to local history is to establish an annual memorial lecture. And we are delighted that the inaugural lecture will given by Dr Max Adams of Newcastle University. One of Dr Adams’ main interests is Early Medieval Northumbria, which was also a key focus of Constance’s research. His talk will relate tohis recently published book about Oswals of Northumbria.
The lecture will be held on Saturday 20 September 2014 at The Mining Institute, Newcastle. Full details will be given in the next maili
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 9th Nov 2013 ANLHS AGM, Stannington Village Hall.
Saturday 22nd Feb 2014 Members Group Meeting, St Nicholas Church Hall, S. Gosforth.
Saturday 5th April 2014 Study Day – arrangements to be confirmed.
Saturday 21st June 2014 Round the County Day to be hosted by Glendale LHS.
Saturday 20th Sept 2014 Dr Constance Fraser Inaugural Memorial Lecture, Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne.