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Saturday 27th February 2016 at 2.00pm at the Literary and Philosophical Society’s Rooms, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE.

Please note this meeting is now fully booked.

Members Meeting 2016 photo 1 We are very pleased to welcome author and costume historian Lucy Adlington, of History Wardrobe, who will give a presentation on GREAT WAR FASHION or ‘what ordinary women wore in extraordinary times’, an inspiring insight into the lives and aspirations of women in the First World War, as revealed through their clothes. It includes fascinating first-hand stories and a beautiful display of original workwear and fashions, as featured in Lucy’s books Great War Fashion: Tales from the History Wardrobe and Fashion: Women in World War One. (More information about History Wardrobe may be found on: www.historywardrobe.com or or www.ljadlington.com.

Whilst Lucy Adlington is bringing lots of original costumes & accessories, the focus is very much on social history and the home front in WW1 which should appeal to many of our members. She is also happy to have a look at any family photographs audience members might bring along, to discuss the clothing worn.

The talk will last for about 1½ hours Members Meeting 2016 photo 2 (including questions) and will be followed by a discussion on the future of ANLHS as outlined in the Chairman’s letter of 19th January 2016 which was sent out to all affiliated societies (by post and email where available), individual members (by post)and institutional members (by post) with the January mailing. A copy of the Chairman’s letter can be accessed by clicking on Chair’s letter .

A greater number than usual are expected to attend this Members’ Meeting. The rooms at the Lit & Phil should be large enough to accommodate all those who wish to attend but, in order that no-one is turned away at the door, we ask that you book a place in advance. Members will have free entry but there will be a charge of £5 for non-members. (N.B. If you are a member of a Local History Society/Group which is affiliated to ANLHS then you may attend Members’ Meetings as a member.)

To reserve a place please complete the booking form (click on MEMBERS’ MEETING 2016 to download form) and send it by post or as an email attachment to arrive by Thursday 25 February 2016.

At the end of the meeting there will be an opportunity for representatives of Local History Societies/Groups to collect the new version of the Speakers List if they did not do so at the AGM.


Whickham colour photo RCD 2016

This is a perfect opportunity for you to get away from work, stress and your trading online.

We are delighted that Whickham Local History Society has this year agreed to host the Round the County Day on Saturday 11th June. They have organised a full, varied and very interesting programme beginning at 10.00am at St Mary’s RC Church and School in Dockendale Lane. Tickets cost £8 per person. An optional buffet lunch is available for an extra £6 per person but there are pubs and cafes nearby where lunch can be taken or packed lunches can be eaten in the school hall. Please click on Events at the top of the page for more details and a downloadable booking form. Closing date for bookings is now the 21st May.


  • EGM – Provisionally booked for Saturday 30th April 2016 at Felton Village Hall, Main Street, Felton NE65 9NH at 10.00am. Please not the change of venue for this meeting. Further details will be provided later.
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration Lunch & Talk – September 2016. Details to be announced.
  • AGM 2016 – Saturday 5th November at Stannington Village Hall.

Book cover (2) Our new publication A Northumbrian Miscellany: Historical Essays in Memory of Constance M Fraser is now available. Dr Constance M. Fraser was a founding member of ANLHS and its president at the time of her death in 2013. She was an outstanding historian, whose deep knowledge about the history of North Eastern England covered the whole spectrum of human activity. This book of ten essays, with an epilogue by Professor Norman McCord, has been written by renowned scholars of various aspects of Northumbrian history in her memory. It is a limited edition and costs only £12.50 (including p&p). To obtain a copy download an Order form and send to E. George, Lion House, Main Street, Felton, Northumberland, NE65 9PT with a cheque made out to ANLHS for the appropriate amount.


  • Introduction: Constance Mary Fraser, 1928 - 2013 by Elizabeth Ashton
  • Why was Pandon Merged with Newcastle upon Tyne in 1298? by Colm O’Brien
  • Migration in Medieval Northumberland: the Evidence of Surnames by Michael Barke
  • Northumberland in the Fifteenth Century by Anthony J. Pollard
  • A Book with Fragments of Sixteenth Century History by A. Ian Doyle
  • The Elites of Newcastle upon Tyne in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries by Diana Newton
  • Learning the Tricks of the Northumberland Hearth Tax by Adrian Green
  • A Matter of Honour or Good Management? An Account of Events Leading to the Parliamentary Election for the City of Durham, 1754 by Elizabeth Fewster
  • Lord Garlies and the Morpeth Election of 1761 by Joseph Fewster
  • Traditional Buildings of Northumberland and Newcastle by Grace McCombie
  • Education Eight Miles East of Newcastle upon Tyne: Murton Primary School, 1878 - 1991 by Elizabeth Ashton
  • Epilogue: An Essay on Acceleration by Norman McCord
  • Constance M. Fraser: Bibliography of Main Published Works

T&T 2015

The latest edition of our annual journal Tyne & Tweed, Volume 69 is available price £5. It makes an ideal present for Northumbrians living outside the region – particularly those abroad! Click on ‘Tyne & Tweed Journal’ at the top of the page to find a list of its contents and how to order.




Member Local History Society/History Group Dedicated Pages

All our member societies/groups can have a dedicated page on this website – please email anlhs.org.uk for more information.

This is also the time of year when many of our member societies and groups introduce their new programmes for their upcoming season 2015-16 and change their office holders and/or contact details. Any member society or group who wishes to have their new programmes placed on their dedicated page on the website, again, please email anlhs.org.uk with the details. Please note that these changes can only be made by the website editor who can be contacted via the above email address.

Similarly if any member society or group has created its own website (or has changed its website address) please contact the website editor on the above email address so that a link can be created from this website.