Local History
  • The Archive of Smith 26/01/2018

    An exhibition of photographs from the Photocentre collection, now held by Berwick Record Office, is being presented by Berwick Visual Arts at the Granary Gallery, from 27 January until 13 May 2018. It tells the story of the photo news agency founded in Berwick by David Smith in 1951, and continued by his son Ian in their Bridge Street premises until its closure in 2012. The exhibition is entitled The Archive of Smith, Berwick: From Photo-News Service to Photo Centre and it is curated by Cameron Robertson with Kate Best.

    The Granary Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11.00am-4.00pm. Admission free.


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  • Snapshots of the Sixties 22/11/2017

    A new book of photographs has just been published by the Friends and Berwick Record Office.  “Snapshots of the Sixties” presents 58 photos drawn from the Photocentre Collection, recording life in and around Berwick in the 1960s. They illustrate the thriving employment at the Shipyard and at firms like Pringle’s, the visit of HMS Berwick and the departure of the KOSB from the Barracks, the fluctuating fortunes of Berwick Rangers and the beginning of Speedway. And many of the pictures show local people at work or at play, giving the opportunity for Berwickers of today to recognise members of their families and old...

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  • A Tale of Two Mills 22/11/2017

    A new book, “A Tale of Two Mills: Spindlestone & Waren, 1735-1914”, has been written by Jane Bowen and Karon Ives, and published by Belford & District Hidden History Museum.  The book is being launched on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at an event at Bell View Resource Centre (West Street, Belford), 6.00-8.00pm.  The history of these two mills has been explored in connnection with the Peregrini Project.

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  • Friends’ Autumn Lecture 08/11/2017

    The FBDMA Autumn Lecture 2017, on “Archive Discoveries from the Peregrini Project”, will take place on Friday 10th November at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre (beside Holy Trinity Church, Parade, Berwick). Volunteers who have been working on the project will report on their findings about Holy Island and its surrounding area:

    Cocklawburn  (Julie Gibbs)

    The Budle area and Greenwich Hospital  (Jane Bowen)

    Holy Island and the Lifeboat  (Linda Bankier)

    All welcome.  Light refreshments.

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  • 4000 years of Lowick heritage 21/09/2017

    Lowick Heritage Group is presenting a special event exploring 4000 years of Lowick heritage on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017, from 10am until 4pm, in Lowick Village Hall. There will be a display of photographs, historic maps, local archaeological finds and an update on the Dryburn Limeworks Conservation project.

    Entrance is free and refreshments will be available.

    Please tell your family and friends about this weekend. If you have any photos or other information relating to Lowick, please do bring them with you.

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