Photo Memories Organisation.

'NOSTALGIC NEWSLETTER'                 May. 2016 Issue 4
Ward Philipson Photographic Archive Project - Images of North East Heritage 1770 -1960's.
We now have over 9000 images on our site...and our visitors and supporters who add their own facts, memories and comments are from all parts of the world. A big 'Thank You' to all of them. Without their input and help we would not have the information and facts which add to the photographic images. Our volunteers have now scanned nearly 50,000 images and restored around 10,000 to share on the web site. We are looking forward to reaching the 10,000 uploaded images milestone in the next few months.
The new images relate to many subjects and are from all over the North East including:- industry, aerial views, adverts, hospitals, public houses, coins, shops, sports and of course the many nostalgic and historic views and places.
Thank you to the many visitors to our site, which continues to increase year on year. In 2015 we had over 21,000 unique visitors and over 415,000 page hits, a significant increase to the visitors we had in 2014. This year - 2016, we are already breaking new records with over 14,000 unique visitors and 250,000 page hits in the first 4 months. WOW!
Thank you for helping to spread the word, it makes all our volunteer work worthwhile.
'Dementia Gallery' in Gateshead. One of our supporter projects which displays a varied collection of Ward Philipson photographic images for a very worthwhile cause....... One of our main aims of the project was to save and share the Ward Philipson Photographic Collection. While it is great to supply images to television and media organisations, it was with great pride that many images are now being used to help people with dementia. The stories of their life are just amazing and it is a joy to listen to their memories. We are pleased to be associated with such projects and look forward to helping and supplying many more images to local dementia care homes.
'Nostalgic Views of the North' Book 3 - It is  'Father's Day' on June 19th 2016 and the book will make a wonderful gift!
Our latest - Third Collection - features views of the North from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, created by the artistic talents of engravers and photographers. It highlights cities, towns and villages throughout the region.
The book includes images from Allendale, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Berwick upon Tweed, Blaydon, Brinkburn, Byland Abbey, Bywell Bay, Chillingham, Chollerford, County Durham, Cragside, Cullercoats, Durham City, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Harton, Harton Statithes, Haydon Bridge, Hendon, Hexham, Holy Island, Jesmond, Lambton Castle, Lindisfarne, Marsden, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields, Northumberland, Otterburn,Port Clarence, Raby Castle, Rievaulx, Seaburn, South Shields, St. Hilda's, St. Mary's Island, Stockton on Tees, Sunderland, Tynemouth,Wallsend, Warkworth, Wearmouth, Whitburn, Whitley Bay ....
And People at Work and Play.
'Nostalgic Views of the North'
Books 1 and 2
now available as
Flip Books on C.D.s for your computer.
The printed books are now collectors items and unfortunately second hand book shops are asking high prices.
You can now get a copy of either book (or both) on a C.D. Flip Book which you can view on your computer.They are priced at £9.95 each or £17.95 for both. Post and Packing is FREE. See details below for order or contact details.
SAVE £5……. SAVE £5……….SAVE £5

LIMITED EDITION Signed copies of BOOK 3 are now available at a special discounted price of
(post and packing FREE). 
All books will be dispatched week commencing 13th June 2016.
To order your copy send a cheque payable to: 'Photo Memories Organisation'
c/o Sheila Moreels,
7, Coventry Road, Durham. DH1 5XD
or contact us directly by
e mail -
or Tel: 0191 386 7297.

Newcastle’s connections with the Royal Shakespeare Company go back to when the RSC’s made Newcastle its third home and its actors began to stay in digs in the east of the city.
On Saturday 21 December 1895, it was announced in the ‘Newcastle Courant‘ that the ‘accomplished and popular Shakespearian actor, F R Benson‘, had laid the foundation stone of a new Theatre in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Seven months after laying the foundation stone of the Grand, Fred Benson, brought his production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ to its opening night, which took place on 27 July 1896. Above is a photograph of a silk VIP programme for that performance. The original silk programme is now part of the John A. Moreels M.B.E. Photo Archive at ‘Photo Memories Organisation’ and is one of the Silk Programme Collection featured on the amazing ‘Photo Memories Archive’. web site.
Heaton History Society have researched the history of the Grand and the Shakespeare connection. Read all about it at 
Can you help?
If you have memories of the Grand Theatre or can provide further information about anything mentioned in their article.please contact
Our presentation team are having a holiday ... but not till 2017..... What a year!  In the first 4 months of 2016 our presentation team have visited over 40 groups, organisations and clubs. The response and feedback has just been tremendous. The enthusiasum for history and heritage continues to grow and we can see the new groups researching their own nostalgic history with new collections of photographs and memorabilia being discovered throughout the region. Every effort should be made and encouraged to ensure all these records and information are saved and shared. 
This year we visited groups and organisations in Durham, Lemington, Blyth, Leadgate, Whitley Bay, Ouston, Darlington, Low Fell, Wingate, Acomb, West Denton, Billingham, Consett, Ponteland, Tudhoe, Denton, Eaglescliffe, South Hylton, Norton, Jesmond amd Washington, to name a few. It is surprising how many people in one area have memories and facts relating to other parts of the region. They either lived or worked there before moving to their current location. Thank you for the hundreds of memories and comments which we can share with future generations.See some of them on the web site:
We enjoyed every one of the fascinating groups and we hope everyone who attended did too. Until we had the web site our only contact with our ‘Co-opted Researchers’ was at these events. The enthusiasm and feedback at the presentations was really the force which kept us going with the project. Thank you!
Book your Talk/Presentation for 2016 or 2018 …
Although we have a large number of bookings this year, we still have a few dates available for later this year and allready have bookings for 2018. We are restricting our talks in 2017 to concentrate on urgent requirements of the Save and Share Photographic Project. We will also be developing NEW talks for 2018 ! Sounds a long way ahead, but this project will take us many years. If you would like details of our NEW talks, when available, just let us know. We will develop new presentations as we continue to discover new images and the image subjects continue to expand, with new areas/towns being discovered among the photographs every month. Keep up to date with our new images by visiting our web site regularly.If you or you know of a group who would like to share and join in our project, please contact: John or Sheila
Tel:191 386 7297 or send your details to 
The old Co-op in Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne is now a magnificent 'Premier Inn'. The history of the building is saved and highlighted with a display of images, facts and memories at the new hotel. Call in and see the refurbishment and read the display.
Scottish Soldiers Project:
Exploring the mass grave of 1650 discovered in Durham City

Wednesday 1 June 2016, 6.30pm      

Lecture tickets cost £6 and must be paid for in advance

Join Durham University's archaeology team in this talk to hear the theories behind a centuries old mass grave found in Durham, and why they believe it features the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar. What happened to their bodies has been a mystery for almost 400 years – join Durham University researchers to hear how they have begun to solve the puzzle and discuss some of their exciting findings. Click here for more
Any questions or to book a place, please email or call 01388 743797.
An opportunity to see the official war film made in August 1916.
Friday 1st July, 2016

Performances at 2.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. 

in Brancepeth Village Hall.

Admission free

(donations towards cost of hiring hall appreciated) 

Do you use social media?......
We need help with Facebook and Twitter !.....

Could you be a volunteer and add items to our Facebook and Twitter pages? We really are struggling to find the time to share some of our images with our friends. We also need more volunteer researchers to work at home and add facts and information to the images. Any help would be appreciated. If you can help please contact us. Thank you.

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