The Womens Institute 100th Anniversary exhibition will be retained during April;
In May and June our focus is on the Band of Hope, the History of the Temperance Movement;
July and August sees our North British Railway Exhibition with a book due out soon to coincide with the Exhibition;
In September and October we will have an exhibition looking at the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
We will publish more detailed news and information nearer the time of each exhibition. We hope to see you at the Heritage Centre during these exhbitions and of course you are welcome any other time we are open.
The annual "Classic and Vintage Vehicle Day" will be held on Sunday 22nd April 2018 between 10am and 4pm. This popular event is an important fund raising event for the Heritage Centre. In recent years we have attracted over 70 vehicles comprising cars, tractors, motor cycles and commercial vehicles. During the day a "lighthearted" competition is held with visitors and exhibitors asked to vote for the best turned out vehicle. The winner receives a cup and trophy which are donated by friends of the late Ian McInnes, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the event.
This exhibition celebrates the 140th anniversary of the birth of Walter Percy Collier on 20 July 1875. Though known as the photographer of Bellingham, he was born in Newcastle, moved to Manchester, married a girl from Bootle on Merseyside in 1905, opened a shop in Great Crosby, moved to Formby and returned to Newcastle to work with his brother-in-law.
Kim Lewis has written and illustrated over 20 picture-books for children. This exhibition of her original artwork, storyboards, photographs, sketchbooks and objects show how Kim turned her family’s farm, along with the animals, people and places she knows so well into the stories and pictures that we love.
Amongst the beautiful textiles featured in this exhibition are two amazing fabric pieces. The first is a fabric map of Northumberland National Park, created by Claire Satow and Clare Armstrong. First exhibited in the Queen’s hall, Hexham, this intricate piece of work celebrates the plethora of flora, fauna, geographical features and cultural heritage that makes the Park so special and loved. It took two years to complete and over a hundred people contributed to it.
Mike Gibson has been collecting World War 1 postcards for many years and there cannot be another similar collection of postcards anywhere else in the North-East, featuring such a comprehensive variety of content.