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Nos. 1 – 50 of the Newsletter.

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Newsletter 1994 March  (No. 1)

Inaugural meeting;  Foundation of FBDMA.


Newsletter 1994 June  (No. 2)

Selected articles include: Kirknewton cemetery survey; Snippet: a Berwick house in 1849.


Newsletter 1994 August  (No. 3)

Selected articles include:  Exhibit: tiled panel with parrot;  Deaths on the ramparts;  Local directories listed.


Newsletter 1994 November  (No. 4)

Selected articles include:  Sanitary conditions in Berwick, Tweedmouth, and Spittal: the Rawlinson report of 1850;  Exhibit: set model for the musical “Bourbon Street”;  Maritime data from Custom House registers and Crew Lists.



Newsletter 1995 February  (No. 5)

Selected articles include:  18th century recipes from the Haggerston family records;  Exhibit: “Temporary Bridge across the Tweed”, by W. Wilson;  Coroners’ inquisitions;  Dorothy Forster, of Crookham;  John Davidson, of Wark;  Trades description: 19th century medical advertisements.


Newsletter 1995 May  (No. 6)

Selected articles include:  Sir George Curry;  “Peculiar customs” in Ford village, including Shrove Tuesday football;  Exhibit: Chinese porcelain plate;  James Wallace, artist;   Books of the Board of Guardians of Berwick Workhouse, 1851;  19th century travel: the London & Edinburgh Steam Packet Co., and the Royal Charlotte Coach, etc.


Newsletter 1995 September  (No.7)

Selected articles include:  Exhibit: The Quintet;  Margaret Drydon’s trial for murder, 1758;  Smallpox in Berwick;  Toll roads, turnpikes, and charges;  19th century educational books.


Newsletter 1995 December  (No.8)

Selected articles include:  Christmas in 1894;  Exhibit: John Mackay Wilson self-portrait;  Tweedmouth Manor Court Rolls (17th century);  Parish constables, and the prosecution of felons;  Berwick entertainments in 1816/1817;  Norham local history, and Bidding the village.



Newsletter 1996  February  (No.9)

Selected articles include:  Transportation, and the case of James Matthewson;  Exhibit: the Nymphenburg service;  Tweedmouth Moor and its enclosure;  Railways in the 1850s.


Newsletter 1996  April  (No.10)

Selected articles include:  Berwick Fair;  Exhibit: Beaker Period urn;  Dr Richard Hildyard, a vicar on the run;  Maritime Berwick: the Rapid and the paddle steamers;  Clooty Mats & Sheep Shearing: 1930s rural life;  Ice in 1846.


Newsletter 1996 July  (No.11)

Selected articles include:  18th century cures and remedies;   Exhibit: wooden figurines of the 18th Dynasty;   Hinds;   Berwick shipyard’s last vessel, the Au-Dela;   Unrest in Crookham church.


Newsletter 1996 September  (No.12)

Selected articles include:  Ford School logbook 1863-1872;  Exhibit: Le Port de Berwick (1788);  Berwick tugboats.


Newsletter 1996  December  (No.13)

Selected articles include:  Ford School logbooks 1873-1902;  Exhibit: spouted jug;  The apprenticeship of John Marshall, 1614;  The opening of Tweed Dock.



Newsletter 1997 February  (No.14)

Selected articles include:  Wooler gymnastic games;  Exhibit: Stirrup jar and Tripod jug, in the Mycenaean style;  The apprenticeship of Thomas Wilson, 1614;  Regulations for Spowart Brothers’ motor ferry boats, Berwick to Spittal.


Newsletter 1997 June  (No.15)

Selected articles includeBerwick Advertiser snippets of 21 February 1852 (including: Ramparts walks; Borough Petty Sessions; Knox’s faithful dog; Marriages, Deaths, and Advertisements);  Exhibit: A Chinese lady’s bound foot and boot;  George Moore’s apology, from the First Book of Enrolment, 1637.


Newsletter 1997  August  (No.16)

Selected articles include:  Bowsden village snippets (farm letting 1823; poisoning by oxalic acid;  free gift sale 1928;  livestock sales; Bowsden’s water supply; the Women’s Institute 1932; Bowsden Football Club);  Exhibit: a manuscript of dance tunes; Max Hague’s sound sculpture.


Newsletter 1997  December  (No.17)

Selected articles include:  Etal and Crookham Tillside Games;  Report from a “Baylives Courte”, 1572;  Maritime Heritage project;  The Burrell collection;  Museum conservation;  The Museum telephone exchange from Holy Island;  Exhibit: Neolithic stone axe-heads from Chatton Moor;  Richardson’s Rock Band, 1840s.



Newsletter 1998  February  (No.18)

Selected articles include:  The Norfolk: an ice-bound whaling ship in 1837;  Stones and statues in Berwick (the Wilson family, stonemasons; James Wilson, lighthouse keeper, and Jimmy Strength’s statue; the Maclagan memorial; Lady Jerningham’s memorial; War memorials);  Berwick plaques.


Newsletter 1998 June  (No.19)

Selected articles include:  Order book for the Garrison of the Barracks, 1797-1798;  Exhibit: An Old Courtyard Doorway, by Johannes Bosboom;  Report from a “Baylives Court”, 1572.


Newsletter 1998 September  (No.20)

Selected articles include:  Charles Rennie Mackintosh on Holy Island;  Further extracts from the Order book for the Garrison of the Barracks, 1797-1798;  Archaeological discovery at Castle Terrace (Bondington).


Newsletter 1998 December  (No.21)

Selected articles include:  Rules for Berwick Workhouse, 1806;  Customs, Excise, and smuggling.



Newsletter 1999  February  (No.22)

Selected articles include:  Ford Parish snippets (18th century peculiar customs; Marquis and Marchioness of Waterford’s visit, 1842; Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in Ford and Pallinsburn; Housing conditions, 1897);  J.M.W. Turner in Berwick, Bamburgh, Holy Island, the Farne Islands, and Norham.


Newsletter 1999 June  (No.23)

Selected articles include:  The Hogarth family;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of January-February 1849 (including: Cholera; irregular Border marriages; a theatre in Ravensdowne; toll house marriages; a fatal accident to builders on the Royal Border Bridge; the Berwick-Spittal steam ferry; the Berwick and Kelso railway; quarrymen);  The Four Elements exhibition;  Charles Alexander Reed (Reid), old Blyth sailor.


Newsletter 1999 October  (No.24)

Selected articles include:  Sanitary conditions in Berwick 1850: the Rawlinson report;  The Hogarth family, continued;  Berwick’s literary heritage: legendary origins;  Maritime apprenticeship and the Poor Law;  Social security 1806: the Seamen’s Benefit Society;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1813-1814 (deaths and marriages).


Newsletter 1999 December  (No.25)

Selected articles include:  Christmas and New Year 1899;  Berwick’s literary heritage: Heirs of St Cuthbert;  Customs, Excise, and smuggling;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1813-1817 (including Births, marriages and deaths; the sagacity of rats).



Newsletter 2000 February  (No.26)

Selected articles include:  Spittal flood 1927;  Berwick’s literary heritage: Vernacular literatures: Northumbrian, Inglis, Scots, and others;  Lloyd’s List: North Sea shipping movements in 1779-1780;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1818-1820 (including: Carriage costumes; A circus programme; Pickled herrings; Sale goods at the Port of Berwick).


Newsletter 2000 June  (No.27)

Selected articles include:  Emigration to New Brunswick on the D’Arcy; Emigration to Australia on the Lord Delaval;  Berwick Advertiser advertisements of 1820-1821 (including: An Irish jaunting car; Union Bridge tolls; Coronation of George IV; William Hamilton, cabinet maker and dealer in hardware and toys).


Newsletter 2000 October  (No.28)

Selected articles include:  The Coldstream Guards and the Freedom of Berwick, 1950;  Emigration of Peter & Georgina Hogarth to Australia on the Lord Delaval, 1852;  Berwick’s literary heritage: monastic masterpieces and friars of Berwick;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1824 (including: HMS Success in the Caledonian Canal; Nude bathing).


Newsletter 2000 December  (No. 29)

Includes:  Berwick Grammar School magazines; Berwick’s literary heritage: poems of peace and war; Herrings and other fishing; Berwick Advertiser snippets of May 1825 (including: The size of bottles).



Newsletter 2001 March  (No. 30)

Includes: Cholera and the Bedfordshire Militia; Berwick walls in 16th century politics; Book of memories; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1820/1826 (including: Mrs Garrick at Berwick Theatre; Belford’s new chapel).


Newsletter 2001 June  (No. 31)

Includes: Berwick’s cultural history; 18th century recipes; Berwick and the U.S. book trade: Caleb Buglass and William Woodhouse, booksellers and bookbinders; Berwick Advertiser snippets of September – October 1826 (including: Berwick Pier lights).


Newsletter 2001 September  (No. 32)

Includes: Reverend W.S. Gilly in Norham; Inspiration from books and archives; Berwick and Russia; Berwick’s cultural history: music concerts;  Bondagers in North Northumberland; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1822/1827 (including: 18th century recipe).


Newsletter 2001 December  (No. 33)

Includes: Holy Island Golf Course; Beadnell shipping; Memories of Jack Stewart, fisherman; Berwick’s cultural history: Sir Walter Scott and the artists; Jim Walker’s History of Berwick; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1829 (including: Weights and measures; Salt as manure).



Newsletter 2002 February  (No. 34)

Includes: Berwick Advertiser 1852; Berwick’s cultural history: Lord Hunsdon’s women; Finding Bondington; The ports of Berwick; St George’s Day; Berwick Advertiser snippets of June – July 1830 (including: The Poor House school; Coach from Berwick to Alnwick).


Newsletter 2002 June  (No. 35)

Includes: Berwick’s cultural history: the Coronation pageant of 1937; Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee; Alnmouth’s barometer; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1818/1824/1832 (including: The packet ship Dalmarnock bound for Quebec).


Newsletter 2002 September  (No. 36)

Includes: Union of the Crowns 400; Berwick’s cultural history: the Order of the Garter; Robert Cooper Clements of Spittal; Migration from Glendale to New Brunswick, Canada; Berwick Advertiser snippets of April 1834 (including: Auction for the Tolls).


Newsletter 2002 December  (No. 37)

Includes: Robert Cooper Clements, postscript; Berwick’s cultural history: Robert Carey’s ride from London to Edinburgh; Memorial inscriptions; Newspapers snippets of November 1834 (including: the Bluebell Inn Belford).



Newsletter 2003 March  (No. 38)

Includes: Vauxhall 1000 mile trial; Berwick’s cultural history: 17th century travellers to Holy Island; Sir Robert Carey’s descendants; Berwick on the eve of the Union of the Crowns; Berwick Advertiser snippets of January – March 1837 (including: Subscriptions to Berwick soup kitchen; Recruiting to build St Lawrence Canal in Canada).


Newsletter 2003 June  (No. 39)

Includes: Indenture for property in Marygate, Berwick; Falconry at Longridge Towers; Union of the Crowns poem;  Berwick’s cultural history: John Crabbe, pirate and siege-master; The case of James Belany and Rachel Skelly; Date stones in Alnmouth; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1838/1839 (including: Auction for cabinet makers; The London Dispatch; A stolen sheep at Cheswick).


Newsletter 2003 September  (No. 40)

Includes: Rules of the garrison and town of Berwick-upon-Tweed; Union of the Crowns events; Berwick’s cultural history: Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, and the invention of history; The Bailiff’s Court under Elizabeth I; The Berwick Journal, 15 February 1862; Berwick Advertiser snippets 1839/1840 (including: Monument in Bamburgh church; Wooler gymnastics).


Newsletter 2003 December  (No.41)

Includes: Etal and Crookham Tillside Games 1836; Berwick’s cultural history: ‘Doctor’ James Belany, falconry, and ‘Grey Owl’; Tweedmouth Manor Court Books; Early churches of Berwick and Bondington; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1841 (including: Sea bathing quarters on Holy Island; Great agricultural meeting in Berwick; Twizel Castle).


Newsletter 2004 March  (No. 42)

Includes: Death of PC George Gray at Eglingham; Berwick’s cultural history: sheep-farming, agriculture, and the Culley family; Union of the Crowns; Marriages and deaths of 1813/1814.


Newsletter 2004 June  (No. 43)

Includes: Preservation of foxes; Berwick’s cultural history: Berwick bombarded 1648, and the death of Charles II; Life on the Borderline; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1842/1843 (including: Tweedmouth Common Quarry).


Newsletter 2004 September  (No. 44)

Includes: Filmshow on the Blackhill campaign; Berwick Gaol (Council Offices); Berwick’s cultural history: Ghost stories; The “Lost Towers” on Berwick Walls; Publishing a book, and researching POWs; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1845 (including: Shipping news of The Tweed; Berwick and Kelso coaches).


Newsletter 2004 December  (No. 45)

Includes: Local events of 1894; Berwick’s cultural history: a song on the Berwick Fishery; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1846 (including: Auction of Middle Ord grass parks; a lecture on astronomy; Beaver bonnets); Berwick Advertiser snippets of June – August 1840 (including: Auction of Mr Kell’s furniture; Window tax).


Newsletter 2005 March  (No. 46)

Includes: Opening of Spittal Council School; Berwick’s cultural history: Chillingham and the art of hunting; Eleanor Weatherly’s diary of 1804; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1847 (including: W Rowlandson’s school).


Newsletter 2005 June  (No. 47)

Includes: Spittal in the Second World War; Maritime Berwick, and Berwick at War; Chillingham souvenirs; Norham Kirk Session Minutes 1753-1759; Cholera in Berwick 1849; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1850/1851 (including: Morpeth gaol; Sheep dips).


Newsletter 2005 October  (No. 48)

Includes: Robert Cooper Clements and Spittal School; Berwick’s cultural history: Henry Travers and The Quintet; The Eve of Trafalgar; Berwick Workhouse in 1853; Norham Kirk Session Minutes 1860-1863; “The Story of Alnmouth”; Spittal poetry, and hard times of 1852.



Newsletter 2006 January  (No. 49)

Includes: James MacBraire; Sheldon’s Minstrelsy of the English Border, reviewed; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1852/1853 (including: Tweed viaduct; Mount Hooley tile works; Overcoats).


Newsletter 2006 April  (No. 50)

Includes: Henry Collingwood Selby and Mr Culley of Coupland Castle; Berwick’s cultural history: Berwick in Ariosto; Oral history archive; Bondington project phase 2; Emigrants to the Harvey Settlement, New Brunswick, Canada; Facades of the Fifties; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1856/1859 (including: Washing machines; the Scotchgate Arch).


Newsletter 2006 July  (No. 51)

Includes: Glendale emigrants to New Brunswick on the Cornelius; Tales from the East; Berwick’s war with Russia; A difficult midwifery case for Dr James Wilson; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1860 (including: Bathing in Spittal).


Newsletter 2006 November  (No. 52)

Includes: Irregular marriage of James Sommerville and Mary Beveridge; History and future of the Museum; The Reaper and messages from St Kilda; War with Russia relived; Eleanor Weatherly’s diary of 1804 revisited; Berwick Corn Exchange; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1861 (including: Herring houses at Spittal; Hiring market).


Newsletter 2007 February (No. 53)

Includes: Technical education for Bamburgh and North Sunderland in the 1890s; Berwick’s cultural history: Berwick’s lost proverb; Charles Dickens and the Corn Exchange; Lowry and Berwick; Early railway fare dodgers; Edinburgh and Newcastle newspaper snippets of 1699 to 1731 (including: The Duke of Hamilton; Privateers; Parliamentary election of 1711; Horse-racing; Escape of Joshua Deans);  Berwick Advertiser snippets of January – February 1862 (including: A large halibut).


Newsletter 2007 June  (No. 54)

Includes: Wooler workhouse; Berwick’s cultural history: ghost-walking; Saint Cuthbert dramatised; The Armstrongs’ museum of Northumbrian life; Jimmy Strength; Berwick workhouse in 1853; Edinburgh and Newcastle newspaper snippets of 1731 and 1740 (including: Missing horses; Punishment of Robert Blackman, soldier; Great freeze of 1740; Cost-of-living riots in the north); Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1862 (including: Report of the Inspector of Police; A sturgeon caught in the Tweed).


Newsletter 2007 September  (No. 55)

Includes: Workhouse project; The Berwick Roll and other documents; Gateshead Asylum; Peter Catto, the Poor Law, and Edward Willoby; Jimmy Strength’s statue; Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1862 (including: Health report for Berwickshire; Road at the Plantation; Game prices).


Newsletter 2007 December  (No. 56)

Includes: Railway workmen’s strike; Berwick’s cultural history: an exorcism in 1644; The arrest of Robert Stuart 1804; Death notices of 1826; Cittaslow; Berwick Advertiser snippets of December 1862 (including: A visiting menagerie; London mission).



Newsletter 2008 February  (No. 57)

Includes:  The Land Army in North Northumberland; Berwick’s cultural history: William M’Gall and bribery in the parliamentary elections of 1859; Bondington research and the houses of George Macaskie; Spittal School centenary; The diary of Dr Henry Richardson; Berwick Advertiser snippets of April – June 1863 (including: Improvements at the Barracks; A Chirnside body).


Newsletter 2008 May  (No. 58)

Includes: Mail coaches and stage coaches; Berwick’s cultural history: Sir Richard Stott’s address to James, Duke of York, in 1679; Pickering & Co, of Tweedmouth (part 1); Berwick Advertiser snippets of July – August 1863 (including: Tweedmouth Feast; Saluting the Prince and Princess of Wales).


Newsletter 2008 September  (No. 59)

Includes: River Till drownings; Extracts from The Quintet; Discoveries in Berwick’s planning files; Pickering & Co, of Tweedmouth (part 2); Signs of sedition in Berwick, 1831; Berwick Advertiser snippets of January – April 1864 (including: Planting trees; Disposing of the Barracks; Tweedmouth Reading Room).


Newsletter 2008 December  (No.60)

Includes: Walter Wright, coach driver; Henry and Margaret Richardson in London; Grand Japanese Village Fair 1885; Visiting Belford and Lindisfarne 1909; Cataloguing the district planning files; Restoration in Berwick town centre; Berwick Advertiser snippets of May – June 1864 (including: Northumberland Artillery Militia at the Barracks; Holiday trains; Sunday School excursion to Dunse; A leap from the Royal Border Bridge).



Newsletter 2009 March  (No. 61)

Includes: Lady Jerningham; Berwick’s cultural history: Darwin and the Berwick Naturalists; The Workhouse Project; Margaret Dunlop’s child and the Poor Law; Berwick’s weather in March 1884; Bankhill’s view; The Wooler wedding of James Hardy and Ann Halliday; Visiting Lindisfarne 1909; Berwick Advertiser snippets August – September 1864 (including: Smallpox on Holy Island; Scremerston Gymnastic Games; A Tweedometer).


Newsletter 2009 June  (No. 62)

Includes: Lady Jerningham memorial; Allegations of mistreatment in Berwick workhouse; Chris Green: museum curatorship 1990-2009; Alfred Lewis and Belford workhouse; Berwick and District Bachelors’ Ball; Streetsweepers’ petition to the Guild; Some births, marriages and deaths, 1808-1823; Berwick Advertiser snippets of January – February 1865 (including: New Year at the workhouse;  Amateur theatricals at Alnwick Castle; Improvements to Tweedmouth Church;  Accident at Scremerston Colliery).


Newsletter 2009 September  (No. 63)

Includes:  Queen Victoria’s visit to Berwick 1849; Edward I and the stone coffin; Berwick Shipping Company’s first steamships; Beal Station and the message of John Redpath; A circus elephant at school in Tweedmouth; Berwick Advertiser snippets of March/May 1865 (including: Remembering the Duke of Northumberland; Slavery; A new bowling green; A workhouse matron; Food Festival).


Newsletter 2009 December  (No. 64)

Includes:  William Stephenson, engine driver; George Logan, workhouse schoolmaster; Dogs in church; Viscount Lambton’s death; Virtue Moffatt, struck by lightning; Berwick Advertiser snippets of May – July 1865 (including: Annual fair;  Freemasonry in Berwick; Death of William Darling; Parliamentary election 1865).



Newsletter 2010 February  (No. 65)

Includes: Wooler Agricultural Show 1849; Appointing a Master of the Workhouse; Coach accident at Tweedmouth; Smuggling alcohol; Virtue Moffatt again; Berwick Advertiser snippets of August-September 1865 (including: Glanton games; Illegal herring fishing).


Newsletter 2010 June  (No. 66)

Includes: Lee family of Tweedmouth; Wedding dress of Isabella Robertson; Vicars of Berwick;  Taxation stories; Tynemouth High School reunion; Berwick Advertiser snippets of September 1868 – January 1869 (including: Parliamentary election 1868; Tweedmouth dock proposal).


Newsletter 2010 September  (No. 67)

Includes: Woman in the stocks; Doddington centenarian; Brewing at Ford Castle estate; 1st Northumberland Battalion in France 1914; Ralph Dixon 1805; Crimes in Berwick 1804; Berwick Advertiser snippets of March – August 1869 (including: The Carr Rock; Annual Fair; Donations to Berwick Museum).


Newsletter 2010 December  (No. 68)

Includes: History of Berwick’s Archive Service; Riot on Holy Island; Flodden 500; Victorian Christmas presents; Charles Dickens and Sarah Nicholson; Berwick Advertiser snippets of September – October 1869 (including: Berwick bridge, Lancelot Branxton, the Thatch House Tavern, and a blacksmith’s shop; Spittal chemical works).


Newsletter 2011 February  (No. 69)

Includes: Lifeboat rescue of the Redhand;  Henry Richardson’s kangaroo hunt;  Short history of the Friends of Berwick and District Museum and Archives;  Child labour in Belford; Irregular marriage of John Allan and Mary Turner;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of November 1869 – February 1870 (including: Steam barge; Loading ice).


Newsletter 2011 May  (No. 70)

Includes: First World War project; Ordnance Survey name books; Middleton Hall pictures; Breaching the Ramparts; Berwick Advertiser snippets of April 1870 (including: Rent of grass parks; Hussars in Berwick).


Newsletter 2011 September  (No. 71)

Includes: Temporary railway bridge over the Tweed; Treason trial of 1405;  Bank robbery at Berwick; Berwick Advertiser snippets of April 1870 (including: Celebration of the Duke of Northumberland’s birthday; A gun tax; Cart accidents; Captain William Rowland’s record sea passage).


Newsletter 2011 December  (No. 72)

Includes: James Palmer Huffam VC;  Edward Willoby;  Belford Warship Week;  John Thomson’s map of Berwickshire 1821;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of June-July 1870 (including: Paddle-steamer Britannia;  Death from hydrophobia).



Newsletter 2012 March  (No.73)

Includes:  The Russian Gun;  Suffragists and suffragettes in North Northumberland;  A stagecoach from Edinburgh to London, 1712;  Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in Belford;  Popular lectures in Belford, 1862;  Tweedmouth Feast, 1870;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of 1870 and 1879 (including: Berwick’s water supply;  William Moor’s accident at Sandbanks;  New use for electric light on ships;  The Census in Scotland).


Newsletter 2012 June  (No.74)

Includes:  Tweedmouth Feast;  Family history and local record offices;  Suffragists and suffragettes in North Northumberland, part 2;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of July 1870 (including: Foot & mouth disease; Lights on fishing boats).


Newsletter 2012 September  (No.75)

Includes:  Queen Victoria and the Royal Border Bridge;  Riots and grave-robbing, Berwick 1792; A crinoline accident of 1863;  Young’s Bakery in Belford;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of August 1870 (including: The health of Berwick; Visitors from Jarrow; Fog, and the SS Thames).


Newsletter 2012 December  (No.76)

Includes:  Glendale Poor Law Union;  Kenny Blackett poem;  Mary McGhee and transportation to Tasmania;  Dr John Sharp and fireworks at Bamburgh;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of August – September 1870 (including: Rowing Club regatta; Edward Toal at the Borough Petty Sessions; A military application of ballooning; Shares in Berwick Shipping Company and Berwick & Tweedmouth Gas Company; Imported goods).



Newsletter 2013 February  (No.77)

Includes:  Greenses Harbour;  A Friends’ website;  A ropemaker’s family: Ann Isabella Davidson and Russia;  Reverend Henry Elliott of Bamburgh;  Berwick Advertiser snippets of October 1870 (including: Scremerston pit accident; Ford and Lowick Turnpike tolls; Foundation of Edinburgh’s New Royal Infirmary).


Newsletter 2013 May  (No. 78)

Includes:  Military Tribunals of World War I;  Isabel Cowe;  Joseph Atkinson, intoxication, and an irregular marriage;  The Norfolk, a whaler of Berwick;  Dr Cockagne of Bamburgh, and inoculation against smallpox;  Berwick Advertiser snippets (including:  The Hen and Chickens Hotel for sale;  Drake’s Diorama at the Corn Exchange;  A police hunt for an escaped prisoner).


Newsletter 2013 September  (No. 79)

Includes:  Breaking of Britain project;  First World War snippets from the Berwick Advertiser;  The Friends’ website;  Woodhorn visit;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for December 1870 (including:  Berwick Christmas Club;  James H Crossman;  Life in Japan;  The vanishing of Aurora Island).


Newsletter 2013 December  (No. 80)

Includes:  Riot at an irregular Border marriage, Mordington 1842;  James Traill Calder;  Legal documents and the 18th century of Berwick;  Flodden and the Duke of Norfolk’s Coat of Arms;  The General Survey of Berwick, 1562;  The Workhouse marriage of Thomas Mitchell and Jane Purdie, and unequal pay;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for October – December 1870 (including:  French silks at E & W Paxton’s;  Edinburgh Infirmary’s Foundation Stone;  The sale of Goswick estate;  Japanese performers at the Corn Exchange).



Newsletter 2014 March  (No. 81)

Includes:  First World War news in the Berwick Advertiser February 1916;  Nuisances in Norham (1862);  Northumberland elections 1818-1826, and a duel of Thomas Beaumont and John Lambton;  Sir William Douglas and Berwick’s preparations against invasion, 1803;  Snippet from the Berwick Advertiser for January 1871: New Year’s Eve in the Workhouse.


Newsletter 2014 June  (no. 82)

Includes: First World War & Berwick;  Joseph Manderston and the workhouses of Belford and Berwick;  Berwick Playhouse and the cinema of WW1;  18th century banks;  Burglary at Bamburgh Church;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for January-February 1871 (including: Proposal for Tweedmouth Dock; A skating and curling club; Barbara Sample, murderess).


Newsletter 2014 September  (no. 83)

Includes:  Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, at Ford in 1842;  The 1782 trial of Thomas Gordon, sheep-stealer;  Parish constables;  Intoxicated poultry; Tithe turnips;  Belford war memorial;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser about WW1;  and snippets for March 1871 (including: Berwick Amateur Rowing Club; The Census; A magazine about toiletries; The wreck of The Mistress of the Seas).


Newsletter 2014 December  (no. 84)

Includes:  First World War news 1914;  Oral history and the Burrell Collection;  Arrest of grave-robbers in Berwick;  Wage demands of mariners, 1797; Berwick Hospital in the First World War;  A Workhouse Christmas, 1878;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for April 1871 (including: Aunt Judy’s Magazine;  Funeral of infant prince at Sandringham; Wooler stallion show; Vandalism at South Orde farm; Correct use of English).



Newsletter 2015 February  (no. 85)

Includes:  Our Families project;  Quarter Sessions Courts in Berwick;  Burrell collection in the Museum;  Crossing Budle Sands, 1835;  Buglass the bookbinder and Simpson the baker;  James Clark, Canadian soldier from Belford;  Maintenance payments for gaoled Berwick burgesses;  A Wooler Territorial in Egypt, 1915;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for May-June 1871 (including: Prices of silk;  Gompertz’s Spectroscope;  Launch of the coastal steamer The Gala;  Spittal Spa Well.


Newsletter 2015 August  (no. 86)

Includes:  Record Office moves from Wallace Green;  William Burgon of the Greenses, Berwick lifeboat, and the rescue from the Demetra;  The Greenses in the records of the Urban Sanitary Authority;  Berwick’s general election of 1886, the hinds, and Home Rule for Ireland;  Visitor records for Berwick & Spittal in the 1860s;  Friends’ fundraising;  The Buglass family in the West Indies and Philadelphia;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for June 1871 (including: A cow driven into the river;  A bathing pool proposed for Greenses harbour;  A vagrant reclothed in the Workhouse).


Newsletter 2015 December  (no. 87)

Includes: Holy Island: motor car crossings, Nurse Wake, and wedding customs;  Chris Green, an appreciation;  Friends’ 21st birthday party;  An anti-slavery meeting addressed by William Craft in Berwick;  Far Eastern Prisoners of War remembered at Belford Museum;  Berwick’s ‘loyal address’ to Queen Caroline, December 1820;  Gift Aid;  Give As You Live; Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for June 1871 (including: Damages for injuries from dogs;  Memorial window for Thomas Bogue in Wallace Green church;  Bathing pools at Greenses Harbour;  Good Templars and temperance).



Newsletter 2016 February  (no. 88)

Includes:  The Greenses project: the Cowe, Burgon, and Manuel families;  Berwick building registers and plans (part 1);  A capital case of counterfeit coinage, 1816;  Rosamond Leather and a WW1 canteen;  Letter from an army camp in Egypt, 1916;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser  for July 1871 (including: Theft of flowers in Tweedmouth Cemetery; Ladies’ Prize for the rowing regatta; The crops in summer weather; Edward Cuthbert’s long service with Thos. Black & Sons, of Spittal).


Newsletter 2016 June  (no. 89)

Includes:  Berwick in 1911;  Flodden Ecomuseum;  Berwick building registers and plans (part 2);  Theatre at the King’s Arms;  Felkington excursion 1863;  Crookham snippets;  Captain Douglas Wilkin and Middleton Hall;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for July 1871 (including: Inspection of the Borough Police;  Female farm workers in court;  Berwick’s historical records;  Berwick Shipping Company’s annual kettle (picnic)).


Newsletter 2016 December  (no. 90)

Includes:  Cocklawburn in 1954;  Crookham Church 1872;  19th century holidays in Spittal;  Bailiff’s Court cases 1594;  Henri Payn, seaman, interpreter, greengrocer;  Public Houses in Berwick;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for July-August 1871 (including: Tweedside Kettles; Postal delivery times; East Ord school treat).



Newsletter 2017 March  (no.91)

Includes:  Holy Island lifeboat;  WW1 training trenches near Rothbury;  May Fair 1951;  Tweedmouth and Spittal Common;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser for 1 September 1871 (including: Herring boat collision; Rowing Club proposal for Tweedmouth and Spittal).


Newsletter 2017 June  (no.92)

Includes:  Wartime events, May-June 1917;  Greenses fishermen, the Bullfrog, and gunshots;  Isolation hospitals of North Northumberland;  Robert Rogerson at Spindleston, in the diary of John Grey of Dilston;  The Bailiff’s Court Book (transcripts 1593-1600);  Parish Register snippets, from Belford, Ford, and Ancroft;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, October 1871 (including: Vehicle tax prosecution for farm horses; Stackyard fire at Fenham Moor; Military funeral at Wooler; An offensive nuisance at the ‘Lazy Dyke’ in Tweedmouth).


Newsletter 2017 September  (no.93)

Includes:  Berwick in 1952;  Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas project;  Belford clockmakers, Thomas Thompson and James Potts;  Adam Dunbar’s wooden marriage token;  Foreign visitors to Spittal in 1890;  Dangerous driving in Norham 1923;  WW1 snippets from the Berwick Advertiser.


Newsletter 2017 December  (no.94)

Includes:  Christmas 1917 reported;  Lennel Kirk project;  A staff dispute in Berwick Workhouse (pt.1);  Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas;  Andrew Todd of Crookham;  Fire precautions in Berwick 1568 (Bailiff’s Court Book);  The Mansion House, Holy Island;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, October 1871 (including: Schooner stranded at Goswick; A Berwick boat race).



Newsletter 2018 February  (no.95)

Includes:  The Archive of Smith, Photo Centre exhibition;  William Craster Pringle, of Chatton;  A staff dispute in Berwick Workhouse (pt.2);  Sea rescue at Bamburgh; Robert Story, in Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas;  The new Rowing Club (October 1871).


Newsletter 2018 June  (no.96)

Includes:  Alexander Lorimer Miller;  The1562 ‘General Survey’ of Berwick; The custom of white gloves;  Peter Anderson Graham, writer;  A stabbing case at the Mason’s Arms, Belford;  Bailiff’s Court Book cases, mid-1500s (grain measures; clay pits; water problems in the Greenses);  Researching old photographs;  Useful websites;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, October 1871 (including: Municipal elections; An itinerant singer and obstruction of the footpath; Drunk and disorderly in Church Street).


Newsletter 2018 September  (no.97)

Includes:  George Hogg, of Canadian Light  Infantry;  “Seaside” exhibition;  Berwick’s plans for a third cinema;  Haggerston Wreck Book;  Closure of Salmon Inn, Norham;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, November 1871 (including: Mrs James Anderson and the Byker smallpox hospital; Plan for a new wet dock; Guy Fawkes day).


Newsletter 2018 December  (no.98)

Includes:  Joseph Tough, of Holy Island;  Union Chain Bridge project;  Women and fishing in Northumberland, 1330-1950;  1917 wedding of John Fleming and Sarah Alderson;  William Kitching, veterinary surgeon of Belford;  Stephen Maxwell, slater of Castlegate;  Edith Sichel’s arrival in Berwick, 1912; Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, November 1871 (including: Letting of salmon fisheries; Christy’s Minstrels; A runaway horse).



Newsletter 2019 February  (no.99)

Includes:  Thomas Porteous Brown, of Philadelphia, Cocklawburn;  Alice Groom, Lavery’s My Lady Disdain;  Rabbit catching on Holy Island;  Bailiff’s Court Book extracts, c.1598;  William Shiell, cyclist, and his Ordinary (penny farthing);  An Italian wife in Belford;  Spittal holidaymakers, 1900-1910;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, December 1871: Plans for the new dock in Tweedmouth.


Newsletter 2019 June  (no.100)

Includes:  Berwick in 1919;  Women and the plague in Newcastle;  Emigrants to Canada in 1929;  Cataloguing the music of the KOSB;  Police ‘Wanted’ posters;  Gunpowder at Tweedmouth station;  Alcoholics Aid;  “Blind Willie” Aitchison of Belford;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, February 1872 (including: British manners and customs in 1871;  Thomas Wood, Tweedmouth teacher);  25th anniversary of FBDMA.


Newsletter 2019 September  (no.101)

Includes:  Berwick and cycling;  Twixt Thistle & Rose project;  Mini museums;  Ayton Golf Course;  Catherine Rutherford, of Belford, and the ‘incurables’;  Royal visit to Holy Island, 1908;  Town Hall weathercock, 1886;  Scots and vagabonds in the Bailiff’s Court Book, 1575;  Literary Festival 2019;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, March 1872 (including: Society wedding at Paxton;  Berwick Amateur Rowing Club’s new boat).


Newsletter 2019 December  (no. 102)

Includes:  Berwick in December 1939;  William Burrell’s French paintings;  Alexander Dalgetty, rifleman;  Joseph Devey’s Cycle Works (part 1);  Berwick’s 20th century pubs;  Berwick 1884 as seen by US visitor from Rockland County;  Prison history: Your Local Lockup project;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser March 1872 (including: Tree vandalism; Public health and safety in Spittal).



Newsletter 2020 March  (no. 103)

Includes:  Border marriages, and Henry Collins of Lamberton;  German pork butchers;  Theatre in Ravensdowne;  1792 Toll riots around Dunse and Chirnside;  Confession of Thomas Pigg, in Bailiff’s Court Book 1581;  Berwick’s 20th century pubs (part 2);  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser April 1872 (including: Berwick Quarter Sessions, and the influence of the Good Templars; Resistance to the police).


Newsletter 2020 June  (no. 104)

Includes:  COVID-19’s impact in the Record Office and the Museum;  Holy Island’s telephone (1926), postman (1950), and travelling cinema (1950);  John Purves 1785-1827;  Joseph Devey’s Cycle Works (part 2);  German pork butchers – footnotes; Toll riots around Dunse and Chirnside – amendment;  K.O.S.B. music cards;  Lockdown for the plague, 1590;  Newspaper snippets: Berwick & London Steam Ship Company changes wharf, 1872; Death of ‘Black Bill’ (William Berwick), 1903).


Newsletter 2020 September  (no. 105)

Includes:  COVID-19 precautions in the Record Office;  Berwick’s 20th century pubs (part 3) – Licensing registers;  Samuel Mattison, poisoning by whisky;  Cow keeping in Berwick;  James Greive and his bequest of a painting to Our Lady and St Cuthbert Church;  Difficult pupils at Belford Presbyterian School;  Ayton Cow Club;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser June 1872 (including: Poaching at Murton; Berwick Fair).


Newsletter 2020 December  (no. 106)

Includes:  Theo Mauritus, variety artiste, and Thomas Gilbert, cinema manager;  Berwick Borough Police Force index; Berwick’s 20th century pubs (part 4) – Licensing registers;  Berwick Borough Guild Minute Books: Thomas McKlan; poverty in Berwick 1762;  Letter of Elizabeth I to Sir Edward North on the Berwick fortifications;  Cheviot holidays, early 1900s: the Ford Robertsons;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser June 1872 (including: Large excursion from Kelso to Spittal; Charles Stewart, vagrant).



Newsletter  2021  February  (no. 107)

Includes:  Nurse Maclennan in the Far East in WW2;  A letter to King George III, 1763;  Percival Stockdale;  The Bowsden curers of madness;  Berwick Station refreshment rooms;  Midcalf the trompetter;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser July 1872 (including:  New masonic buildings;  Complaints about the drivers of fishmongers’ carts;  Fire at Tweedmount chemist’s shop;  Mission School excursion to Twizel).



Newsletter  2021  June  (no. 108)

Includes:  Stories of Berwick’s Old Bridge;  Superintendant of Police’s Scroll Book, 1873-1874;  The Army and Berwick Pubs;  Collops;  TillVAS, ten years on;  PC John Carr and his headmaster son;  Snippets from John Sykes’s Historical Register of Remarkable Events: (Sir Henry Grey’s great pie; A green shark; Tudor gold);  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser July 1872 (including: A sleeping precentor; Police night patrol; School excursions to Horncliffe and West Ord).



Newsletter  2021  September  (no. 109)

Includes:  Bridge Street, Berwick (newspaper snippets);  Some Tweedmouth pubs;  Spinning & knitting (from the Guild Book);  Preservation of smolts and fry of salmon (Bailiffs Court Book 1593);  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser August 1872 (including:  Swimming regatta; Physiology and phrenology; A fraudulent claim of shipwreck);  Heritage Open Days programme 2021.



Newsletter  2021  December  (no. 110)

Includes:  Lifeboat rescue at Holy Island (the trawler James B. Graham) in 1922;  Berwick’s club scene (1950s-1970s);  Dr George Henderson of Chirnside (1800-1864);  Fenian alarms (1867);  Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales;  The Thatch Inn, in Tweedmouth’s West End;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser August 1872: (including: Anti-Game-Law circular;  Foot & Mouth disease in Berwickshire).



Newsletter  2022  February  (no. 111)

Includes:  Coronation of Elizabeth II and the Royal Proclamation;  Ralph Dodds & Son Ltd.;  Gas lighting in Berwick;  Snippets from enrolled deeds 1750s/1760s (Fire insurance policies; Mystery Society; Church Street, Churchgate & Soutergate; Woolmarket & Crossgate);  Clubs in Berwick, 1960s & 1970s; Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, August-September 1872 (including: Cricket, Berwick v. Kelso; Penalty for riotous behaviour; Penalty for vagrancy and theft of pears in Norham).



Newsletter  2022  May  (no. 112)

Includes:  Queen’s coronation 1953;  The Ord gold cross in the Museum;  Andrew Ronaldson, Superintendent of Berwick Borough Police 1864-1872;  William Hopper Thompkins;  Armed police capture fugitives at the Scotsgate;  Community social clubs in 1980s Berwick;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, September-October 1872 (including: A marital breakdown; Report from the Board of Guardians; Royal visit to Chillingham Castle).



Newsletter  2022  September  (no. 113)

Includes:  Maggie Park, James Park, and The Bootman;  Conservation Appraisal Management Plans;  Robert Lambe, Philadelphia Nelson, and Berwick Pier;  The Milne Graden Papers at Paxton and Lt. Hume Johnston;  Landladies of Berwick pubs;  An arrested swan, 1892;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, October-November 1872 (including: A fund-raising lottery for the new Masonic Building; Potato crop failure at Ladykirk; Royal visit to Chillingham; Flood damage on the Tweed and the Whitadder).



Newsletter  2022 December  (no. 114)

Includes:  Gabriel Davis, lamplighter;  Northumbrian Manor project – progress;  Conservation Area Management Plans – progress;  Ford Forge Chapel;  Johnny Burgon & the Greenses;  Corporation Academy’s Annual Examination, 1868;  Tweed Row, Horncliffe, 1922;  Berwick Advertiser: some headlines of 1872.



Newsletter  2023 February  (no. 115)

Thomas Borthwick, Spittal school teacher;  Street names: Coxon’s Lane;  Tourism in Northumberland 1908;  Evening school at the Corporation Academy;  William Thompson and a speeding bread van;  Snippets from the Berwick Advertiser, January 1873 (including:  James Wyllie, draughts champion;  Coal shortage;   A violent altercation between gunboatmen and fishermen;  George Archbold’s anaesthetic ether).