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Northumberland and Newcastle Society

Northumberland & Newcastle Society, established 1924. Protecting and enhancing our landscape, culture and built environment for future heritage. Registered charity.
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Northumberland and Newcastle Society2 weeks ago
Newcastle has been named in the top 10 most historic cities in the north of England and Scotland, thanks to its vast array of historical experiences compared to its counterparts. Securing a respectable 8th place overall.

TransPennine Express has looked at 19 northern cities with a population of over 100,000 people and assessed the number of listed buildings, parks and gardens, museums, scheduled monuments, UNESCO World Heritage Sites (within a 50-mile radius), historical and heritage tours and historic sites to find out which city has the most to offer –
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Northumberland and Newcastle Society2 weeks ago

Whilst making some updates to our 'Past Events' web page, we took a moment to pause and reflect on the variety of events we have hosted over the years.

Talks, lectures, visits, exclusive 'behind the scenes' tours and private viewings, no wonder our members love our events programme.

(They told us so in a survey earlier this year!)

Take a look at our past events from 2018 and 2019.


Many members enjoy supporting the Society for the events alone - it's a great way to find out more about our area, and to meet like minded people, enjoy a tasty supper and glass of wine.

Feel free to call or email Jackie, the Society Manager for a chat...
0191 281 6266
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Northumberland and Newcastle Society3 weeks ago
Protection of Northumberland’s Landscapes

Against the background of the County Council’s intransigence and the intensification of the ‘climate change’ debate, the Society is again concerned at the risks posed to the County’s landscapes by inappropriate wind turbine development.

It therefore plans a study of an area of North Northumberland (including Old Bewick as featured in the photograph) with a view to its local designation as an Area of High Landscape Value.

The study will be definitive in terms of the area actually surveyed and we hope will serve as a pilot for the application of the methodology to a wider area (or other areas of the County).

Our briefing note and map (both on our website - see link below) explain more fully how the report emanating from the study will assist the protection of the County’s treasured landscapes.

Thanks to some very generous initial donations, we have so far raised £17,000, leaving a current shortfall of about the same amount.

For more information, go to
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The Society is currently in talks about restoring the historic drinking fountain within the Grainger Market
Northumberland and Newcastle Society
Northumberland and Newcastle Society2 months ago
All change: Revitalising the Tyne & Wear Metro and the Railways of the North East

A talk by Philip Meikle Transport Strategy Director, NEXUS
Wednesday 6 November 2019

7.00pm, Miller Theatre, Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond

Philip Meikle walks through a selection of historic photographs from Nexus’s extensive archive to reflect on the history of the metro and the part it has played in the development of the North East society and economy.

He contemplates how the system, along with the wider rail network in the region has the potential to be expanded and rejuvenated as a stimulus to economic growth and an answer to our air quality challenges.

Philip is an advocate of sustainable transport to the extent he does not own a car.

His transport career began on the frontline of the rail industry: in call centres, as a guard and in control rooms. Afterwards he became involved in specifying Rail franchises for central government and has spent much of his career in senior roles in train operating roles and across Europe with an owning group.

He is proud to return to his North East roots as a member of the Nexus senior team looking and the future development of the public transport offer in Tyne and Wear including metro and local rail expansion; he also supports the Joint Transport Committee of the North East LA7 authorities with strategic transport planning across all modes.