Catalogues & documents

This page provides links to some of the catalogues, lists and transcriptions of material held by the Record Office. They have been produced with the assistance of volunteer Friends.  

 

(To search a PDF index, use the FIND option (Ctrl-F) in Adobe Reader and enter a keyword or phrase. This will highlight each occurrence of the term in the index.)

 

Index to the Photocentre Collection   (PDF format;  c.3 MB)   Updated to 18 October 2017.

The Photocentre was a family-run photographic business in Berwick which operated from 1950 until 2012. The collection consists of glass plates (black & white) and negatives (black & white and colour) and provides a wonderful pictorial record of events in North Northumberland and the Scottish borders in that period. It includes local events and festivals as well as numerous weddings pictures.  (The photographs can be consulted in the Record Office; use the Index to obtain the reference numbers of those that you are interested in.)

 

 

The Corn Exchange

The history of Berwick’s Corn Exchange has been well represented in reports and advertisements in the local newspapers. A chronological transcript of items in the Berwick Advertiser in which the Corn Exchange is featured now makes an important part of this information readily accessible, in a series of downloadable PDF documents. These documents commence with the first meetings in 1856 which planned the building of the Exchange, and they then record the events which took place there, often with detailed descriptions of proceedings, as well as listing the names of many individuals, both native to Berwick and visitors, who have been involved in its history.

 

The links to the documents are on the Corn Exchange page.

 

 

Board of Guardians of Berwick-upon-Tweed Poor Law Union

The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 was administered by the Board of Guardians and the Record Office holds volumes of its Minute Books and Correspondence.  Some of those which have been listed by volunteer Friends can be found below.  They are catalogues rather than transcripts.  The files are in PDF format.

 

Minutes of the Board of Guardians:

GBR 38  (7 July 1840 – 26 April 1842)

GBR 39  (11 April 1843 – 27 January 1846)

GBR 40  (10 February 1846 – 11 June 1849)

GBR 41  (26 June 1849 – 25 April 1852)

GBR 42 (7 June 1852 – 25 May 1854)

GBR 43  (19 June 1854 – 10 March 1856)

GBR 44  (24 March 1856 – 4 April 1859)

GBR 45 (18 April 1859 – 8 July 1861)

GBR 46  (22 July 1861 – 26 October 1863)

 

Board of Guardians correspondence books:

GBR 77 (incoming correspondence from the Poor Law Board to Berwick Union 1852 – 1855)

GBR 78  (incoming correspondence from the Poor Law Board to Berwick Union 1856 – 1858)

GBR 79  (incoming correspondence from the Poor Law Board to Berwick Union: 1859 – 1861)

GBR 80  (incoming correspondence from the Poor Law Board to Berwick Union:  1862 – 1866)

GBR 81  (outgoing correspondence from Berwick Union:  March 1859 – September 1864)

 

 

First World War documents

The Northumberland At War project has examined local archive collections for material illustrating local aspects of the war. The documents produced by many volunteers makes much of the information accessible for the first time.  The following lists are now available as PDF downloads:

 

Register of arrivals in Berwick, from October 1915 to July 1919  (D8-9)

 

Register of removals within Berwick, from August 1915 to June 1919  (D8-10) 

 

Register of removals from Berwick to outside the area, from August 1915 to June 1919  (D8-10)

 

Military Tribunals reported in the Berwick Advertiser 1916

 

Berwick Petty Sessions courts 1914 – 1915

 

Glendale Petty Sessions courts 1915 – 1920

 

Norham & Islandshire Petty Sessions courts 1915 – 1923

 

Admissions to the Honorary Freedom of Berwick 1920 – 1927

 

For more information and all the links to these documents, go to the First World War project page.

 

 

 Our Families project

The data collected in the project about local families and properties in High Greens, Low Greens, and Ravensdowne can be seen on the Our Families pages.

 

Waite and Sea project

An outline of the findings from the project, which explored the musical heritage of the Berwick area, can be seen on the Waite and Sea page.