North East History, Volume 47, 2016, Now Available


  • A Home Rule Hotbed
  • The Cult of the Savoury Succulent
  • Welfare Work and Women’s Rights in Newcastle upon Tyne during the Great War
  • Radical Voters in the 1835 Newcastle Parliamentary Election
  • The Genteel Militant. Elizabeth Spence Watson’s Work for Women’s  Suffrage and Peace
  • We Need to Talk about the Secondary Moderns. A Conversation about a Local History Project
  • Heroes all at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Campaigning for Craigielea
  • NUPE in the North, Union Organising and Activism
  • Ruskin College, Oxford 1956-58
  • Terry Conway, Folksinger, Songwriter and Working Man, 1943-2013

Now available: Tom Marshall Collection, Local Studies, Gateshead Central Library

The late Tom Marshall was the local studies librarian at Gateshead whose enthusiasm for labour history ensured that the Library there has some important resources. These include microfilms of the early Communist, Suffrage, and local ILP papers; also local labour movement material such as the Gateshead Labour Herald for the 1930s and the Gateshead Trades Council and Labour Party Monthly Circular for the 1920s. Included too are several volumes of interviews with people who went through the miners’ lockout of that year. Another interesting item is the photo album of Jim Ancrum, the Communist councillor in Felling during the 1930s who was a leading figure in the National Unemployed Workers’ Movement.

The collection covers women at work during the First World War, particularly in munitions, shipbuilding and engineering; also how those large workplaces produced women’s football leagues in the North East. Women’s football emerged again in the region as a means of raising funds for the soup kitchens during the miners’ lockouts of 1921 and 1926. The efforts by colliery communities to sustain themselves during the industrial disputes of the 1920s form a common theme. There is a comprehensive amount of material on the Chester le Street Board of Guardians and their dispute with the government in 1926.

Volunteers from the Popular Politics Project sorted a great deal of this material into broad overlapping categories and entered the items into the Library’s online catalogue.

Information about the material can be found via – follow the link to the local studies catalogue and then the link to the collection. If you are intending to visit the Library to consult the material please contact them beforehand.


Digital Newcastle Daily Chronicle now available at Central Library

The Newcastle Daily Chronicle is now available digitally on the British Newspaper Archive. This is very good news for local history researchers. In the second half of the 19th Century the paper was owned by Joseph Cowen whose editors gave extensive coverage to political and trade union issues. BNA is a subscription site but is available free at Newcastle Central Library (British 19th Century Newspapers).

Bibliography of Issues 1 to 14 of North East History now available

A Bibliography of Issues 1 to 14 of North East History (1967 to 1980) is now available on this site: Bibliography

Many thanks to Sean Creighton for his work in putting this together. If anyone would like to do similar work on Issue 15 and onwards, please contact the Society, E-mail:

Len Edmondson and Eric Walker papers

We have been privileged to sort and file the papers of recently deceased labour movement activists Len Edmondson and Eric Walker. Their material is now available for researchers at the Tyne and Wear Archives, Blandford Street, Newcastle. We would be happy to discuss with anyone the destination of any such material.

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