NEWMP Events
01/07/2017 - Hartlepool Headland History Society
A week long carnival at Hartlepool's Historic Headland. Giant Fun Fair, lots of activities for all the family with a great atmosphere. NEWMP will be in attendance.
 
01/07/2017 - Weardale Family History Festival
Weardale Family History Festival 1 - 9 July 2017 St Thomas's Church, Market Square, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2UN

An exhibition and series of talks celebrating the rich and detailed family history of Weardale is being hosted by St Thomas's Church, in partnership with the Weardale Museum.

Speakers will cover a number of topics looking at the lives and times of this beautiful rural area where many families are inter-connected. Topics include: Getting Started in Family History, Emigration from Weardale and Research your Local War Memorial

The Festival will be opened by Mr Mike Amos at 11am on Saturday 1st July.

An exhibition in the church will be open from 10.00 to 17.00 2nd to 9th July. There will be 'experts' available to help with family history queries from 11.00 until 16.00 each day.

Free Admission Refreshments on sale

Accessibility There are steps up onto the church path from the street and also into the church, ramps are available for wheelchair access. Accessible toilet available in the church. Large print versions of programme available.

Any queries can be made to Sarah Haynes tel: 01388 528673

 
05/07/2017 - The Fighting Bradfords of Witton Park Project
The Third Battle of Ypres 1917
Professor John Derry, Emeritus Professor at Newcastle University will bring to life the Third Battle of Ypres when in 1917, persistent bad weather turned the battlefield to a quagmire. Discover how the battle affected the village of Passchendaele and the impact the offensive had on the conflict as a whole. This talk is FREE To attend. Witton Park Village Hall 6pm Email: joanne.norman@groundwork.org.uk
 
09/07/2017 - Weardale Family History Festival
Weardale Family History Festival 1 - 9 July 2017 St Thomas's Church, Market Square, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2UN

An exhibition and series of talks celebrating the rich and detailed family history of Weardale is being hosted by St Thomas's Church, in partnership with the Weardale Museum.

Speakers will cover a number of topics looking at the lives and times of this beautiful rural area where many families are inter-connected. Topics include: Getting Started in Family History, Emigration from Weardale and Research your Local War Memorial

An exhibition in the church will be open from 10.00 to 17.00 2nd to 9th July. There will be 'experts' available to help with family history queries from 11.00 until 16.00 each day.

Free Admission Refreshments on sale

Accessibility There are steps up onto the church path from the street and also into the church, ramps are available for wheelchair access. Accessible toilet available in the church. Large print versions of programme available.

Any queries can be made to Sarah Haynes tel: 01388 528673

 
15/07/2017 - Yesterday Belongs to You 2017
Yesterday Belongs to You move to a new venue in 2017 - Beamish Museum - details to follow
 
27/08/2017 - Military Vehicles Rally
New Venue
Ryhope Engines Museum, Waterworks Raod, Ryhope SR2 0ND Bank Holiday Sunday 11am to 5pm NEWMP will be there.

Poster

 
28/08/2017 - Military Vehicles Rally
New Venue
The North East Military Vehicle Club are presenting a Historic Military Vehicle Rally on the 27th an 28th August 2017. Note new location. Ryhope Engines Museum, Waterworks Raod, Ryhope SR2 0ND Bank Holiday Monday 11am to 5pm NEWMP will be there.

Poster

 
03/09/2017 - US Armed Services in the North East 1918-19
Exhibition at Washington Old Hall, The Avenue Washington NE38 7LE - A Tyneside Perspective on America's Great War
 
09/09/2017 - To Serve King and Country - Talk

Bowes Museum

Leaving Their Mark: Conscientious Objectors and the Richmond castle Cell Block by Dr Meghan Leyland
Time 2.30
Cost £3 Adults
Booking required - on line or 01833690606
 
16/09/2017 - Washington Summer Carnival
Washington Summer Carnival is being held on Saturday 16th September 2017 at Albany Park, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE37 1AS. The Washington Carnival is being organised by Sunderland North Community Business centre on behalf of Sunderland City Council. NEWMP will be there, to help you with your ancestors that are on or not on North East War Memorials.

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24/09/2017 - Oriental Museum Durham Exhibition
A Good reputation Endures Forever - The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front
Exhibition at the Oriental Museum Durham 7 April to 24 September 2017
An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War.
96,000 Chinese men volunteered to work for Britain in the First World War as part of the Chinese Labour Corps. They undertook essential and often dangerous work behind the lines on the western front and thousands lost their lives. Yet their contribution was barely acknowledged at the end of the war and in the years that have followed they have been largely written out of histories of the war. They have been described as the 'forgotten of the forgotten'.
This exhibition examines the vital role of the Chinese Labour Corps using historic photographs and objects created by the men at the front.
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill , Durham ,DH1 3TH
The Oriental Museum is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm.
 
25/09/2017 - Tudhoe Local History Society - Talk
Behind the Lines – A Great War Nurse and the Fight for Survival
Location: St David's Church Hall, Tudhoe Lane, Tudhoe, County Durham DL16 6LL
Type: Lecture, Open to all
Date: 25 September 2017
On Monday 25 September at 7.30 pm Dr John Banham of Tudhoe & Spennymoor Local History Society presents a talk on a little known part of Spennymoor’s heritage, namely the contribution made by some of its residents to medical services during the Great War.
Come along and hear the remarkable story of Sister Kate Maxey, who served in France from November 1914 until March 1918, when she was severely wounded in a German air raid.
The talk will also feature two coal miners, both of whom won the Military Medal serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and a Maths teacher who joined the Friends Ambulance Unit instead of being a combatant.
The admission charge for visitors is £2.00.
 
26/09/2017 - Talk at Morpeth
Janet Brown will be speaking about the Project to Morpeth Tangent at the Morpeth Golf Club at 7.30 p.m.
 
14/10/2017 - Consett Heritage Exhibition
Consett and District Heritage Initiative Exhibition

The Methodist Church Consett

Thursday 10 am to 4.30pm Friday 10am to 8pm Saturday 10am to 4.30pm

NEWMP will be there

 
14/10/2017 - WFA Conference
Durham branch of The Western Front Association is holding another conference, on 14 October 2017, to commemorate 100 years since the First World War. This year's conference will focus on the events of 1917. We think we have, once again, secured a particularly strong line-up of guest speakers.
Our speakers and subjects are:
Prof. Eric Grove (Liverpool Hope University) - The 1917 U-boat Campaign Reconsidered
Dr David Murphy (Maynooth University, Ireland) - The Nivelle Offensive
Dr Matthias Strohn (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) - German Defence in Depth at Third Ypres
Dr Bryn Hammond (Imperial War Museum) - The Battle of Cambrai
Prof. John Derry has kindly agreed to return as our conference chairman.
For tickets, please contact Roger on 07594964930

Conference Flier

 
04/11/2017 - To Serve King and Country - talk

Bowes Museum

Poppies: Women, War, Peace talk by Lee Karen Stow about her international touring exhibition
Time 2.30
Cost £3
Booking required on line or call 01833690606
 
11/11/2017 - Military Roadshow
A Military 'Roadshow'
If you have any WW1 or WW2 Photos, Memorabilia, Medals or information on your relative or ancestors, there will be a team of experts on hand to help you.

Stuck on where to look? Not sure what the medals for? What sources are available?

Wheatley House Woodlands Avenue DH6 3LX. 10.00am to 2.00pm.

 
03/12/2017 - Coundon WMC
Remembering John Lowe, winner of the Military Medal Location: Coundon and District Working Mens' Club, DL14 8PG.

Date: 3 December 2017
Steve Glover will be showing his great, great-uncle’s mementoes at Coundon Club on the 100th anniversary of John Lowe’s death.
Please come along to learn more about the life of this local man who won the Military Medal for his gallant service during the First World War.

 
18/02/2018 - Beamish Museum
Queens of the Machines, Women at War – 10th to 18th February 2018

Across the nine days of February half term, Beamish will be commemorating the contributions women made to the war effort during the First World War.

Join them and make your own turbines in their recreated factory, hear from local experts and discover the many roles women were required to fill at this time.

Beamish's Learning Team is engaging with school children across the region to help tell the story of the munitionettes working along both banks of the Tyne, focusing particularly on Parsons Factory in Heaton.

Charles Parsons, the inventor of the steam turbine engine, employed his daughter, Rachel, to recruit and train the new female workers in the factory. After the war Rachel was required, along with all women employed during the war, to give up her new role to make way for the men returning home.

Find out more about Rachel’s story, and many others like it, and immerse yourself in this important part of history.

For more information keep checking Beamish web site, or follow them on Beamish's Facebook and Twitter pages.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass!

 
03/03/2018 - Fenham Songs and Stories of the Great War
Songs and Stories of the Great War (1914-1918)

Songs from the Front, Trench Humour, War Poetry, Songs of Remembrance

St James' and St Basil's Church NE4 9EJ

Saturday 3rd march 2018 at 7pm

With Fenham Ensemble, Dame Allan's Chamber Choir and Special Guests

Tickets £10 and £5 for Students

Fund raising Events for seating in the church' Memorial Garden

Tickets from :- Songs and Stories

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10/03/2018 - County Durham Archaeology Day
County Durham Archaeology Day 2018

Saturday 10th March 9.45am – 4.15pm, Council Chamber, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UQ

A series of talks about recent archaeological research and discoveries including:

Further research on the remains of the Scottish soldiers found at Palace Green.

Investigations at Auckland Castle.

A community excavation at Piercebridge Roman fort.

Historic Building Recording at 34, Saddler Street, Durham.

A new Roman military diploma from Lanchester

There will be a range of displays and bookstalls in the Durham Room.

Parking is free.

Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 19th February. At £16.00 per person to include buffet lunch and refreshments mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Students £12.00.

To book and pay for a place online follow www.durham.gov.uk/doitonline and click Archaeology Day from the services listed. Alternatively telephone 03000 260 000 to book a place and pay over the phone.

Tickets sell out very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

 
12/03/2018 - Talk at Morpeth
Janet Brown will be speaking about the project to Mothers' Union in St. James's Church, Morpeth, at 2.30 p.m.
 
16/03/2018 - Talk at Wallsend
Janet Brown will be talking about the Project to the Wallsend Men's Group at their lunch group meeting between 12 noon and 2 p.m. at the Wallsend Wellbeing Centre, Cedar Grove, Wallsend.
 
17/03/2018 - Tanfield's Great War Weekend
Tanfield Railways' Great War Weekend 17th and 18th March 2018
 
12/05/2018 - North Shields Local History Day
History Day
North Shields Annual Local History Fair is on the 12th May 2018 at the North Shields Customer First Centre.
 
02/06/2018 - Sunderland History Fair
Sunderland History Fair will be held on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at the Exchange Buildings Sunderland
 
07/07/2018 - Hartlepool Heritage Festival
Hartlepool Heritage Festival, Saturday July 7th 2018 11am to 3.30pm at the Borough Hall, The Headland. Hartlepool Headland Local history Group are joining with the Hartlepool Armed Forces Liaison Group with events on various locations on the Headland.
 
15/07/2018 - Picnic in the Park
The North East War Memorials Project will be having a presence at this year's Picnic in Carlisle Park at Morpeth.
 
07/08/2018 - Talk at Stanhope
Janet Brown will be talking about War Memorials in St.John's Church, Stanhope at 6.30 p.m. This is part of the Weardale Festival.
 
12/08/2018 - Weardale Festival
The 2018 Weardale Festival will take place from 4th to 12th August at St Thomas Church, Stanhope.

The theme is 'The Great War Years' commemorating the end of WWI and it is hoped to include a number of topics including Trench Art, Prisoners of War, War Memorials and the role of women who served as V.A.D.'s.

A cascade of poppies hanging from the church tower is planned (if we can get enough poppies!) which will be a great visitor attraction.

More details to follow.

 
08/09/2018 - Alnwick Western Front Conference
‘At the Top of the Curve? - The BEF Striding Towards Victory in 1918’

The Northumberland Hall, Market Street, Alnwick, NE66 1TN 09:30-16:30 (Doors open 09:00)

Tickets £15 (includes tea/coffee)

Available from Dave Barras, Branch Secretary Tel. Nos.: 07703 603792 E-mail: dbarras1970@gmail.com

Guest Speakers & Subjects

Colin Buxton (Branch member) ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’

Andy Robertshaw (University College London) ‘Sinews of Victory! – Logistics & the 100 Days’

Richard van Emden (World War 1 Expert & Author) ‘1918: The Decisive Year in Soldiers Own Photographs’

Rob Thompson (City University of London) ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Operation ‘Llandovery Castle’ - The Secret Move of Canadian Corps to The Amiens Battlefield, August 1918’

Conference Chairman - Professor John Derry

 
13/10/2018 - Chester-le-Street Conference WFA
Durham WFA's 2018 conference, which will take place on 13 October 2018.

The speakers and subjects are:

Prof. Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls, Oxford University) - The Allied Strategic Position Before the Spring Offensive

Prof. Holger Afflerbach (University of Leeds) - Why Germany Lost the War in 1918

Prof. Alexander Watson (Goldsmiths, University of London) - The Collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Dr J. P. Harris (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) - The BEF in the Hundred Days

Prof. John Derry has kindly agreed to return as our conference chairman.

For tickets, please contact Roger on 07594964930

Conference Flyer

 
12/03/2019 - Talk at Swarland
Janet Brown will be speaking about the Project to Swarland Moor Local Heritage Group in Swarland Village Club at 7.30 p.m.
 
21/03/2019 - Talk at Ponteland
Janet Brown has been asked to speak about North East War Memorials to the Ponteland Local History Society.