NEWMP Events
29/03/2018 - Pelaw - John Brown-King: The Story of a WWI Hero
John Brown-King: The Story of a WWI Hero

29 March 2018


Pelaw Library

An illustrated talk from Mike Scott.

£2, pay on arrival

Free to members of Felling Local History Society

03/05/2018 - Newcastle Half day Conference
Northumbria University’s Environmental Humanities and British and Irish Worlds research groups have put together a half-day, interdisciplinary, public event on World War One and the environment (Thurs 3rd May 2018 at the Lit and Phil, Newcastle), generously funded by the Humanities MDRT.

The conference comprises a series of fascinating discussions and talks by five speakers: Prof David Moon (York), Dr Chris Pearson (Liverpool), Hannah Smyth (Oxford), Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria) and Dr Leona Skelton (Northumbria).

You are all warmly invited to register for a free ticket ASAP (limited to 80) at the following link:


1.30-1.40: Welcome

1.40-2.10: Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria University): The haunting landscapes of WW1 in literature

2.10-2.40: Hanna Smyth (DPhil Student, Oxford): Sacred Ground: The relationship between Imperial War Graves, Commission Sites and their Landscapes

2.40-3.00: Q&A

3.00-3.30: Tea, coffee and networking

3.30-4.00: Dr Leona Skelton (Northumbria University): The Impact of World War One on the Environmental Regulation and Fisheries of the River Tyne

4.00-4.30: Prof. David Moon (University of York): World War I and Revolution in the Environmental History of Russia: from the Wilderness of Lake Baikal to the Armstrong Whitworth Shipyard on the Tyne

4.30-4.50: Q&A

4.50-5.40: Keynote lecture, Dr Chris Pearson (Liverpool University): Four-legged Poilus: French Army Dogs and the Creation of Militarized Human-Dog bonds, 1914-1918

5.40-6.00: Final discussion


12/05/2018 - 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

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 - Morpeth 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:

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

18/11/2018 - Lanchester Project Poppies

Lest We Forget

14th Lanchester Boys’ Brigade in conjunction with Croft View Halls and other organisations and enthusiastic community members, is aiming to produce over 2,500 poppies and display them on the lawns in front and up the side of Lanchester Methodist Church at the end of October and during part of November 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. This will be similar to the poppies around the moat at the Tower of London but on a much smaller scale. The poppies will all be individually made from air dried clay, gloss painted red and be around five inches in diameter.

Poppies will be displayed at the three war memorials in the village. We will place a poppy for every solider that is remembered at the war memorial on the village green, at the war memorial and they will have a dog tag with the name of that solider on it. The same will be done at the War memorial by the All Saints RC Church. It is hoped that these poppies will have been made by some of the children from the different organisations in the village or who have attended a poppy workshop. The gates leading to the Church of England is also a war memorial and we will fix poppies to these gates.

We are personalising some of the poppies with a dog tag showing the name of a fallen soldier from any war or indeed with a name of someone that you may just want to remember. A charge of £10 would be made for these personalised poppies, they will be a part of the display and at the end of November 2018 you get to keep that poppy together with the tag and a commemorative certificate. We accept requests for these personalised poppies from anyone anywhere in the world and have already received a request from Canada. Normal poppies without a dog tag will be sold after the display has been dismantled for £5 plus £2.50 p & p (if required). All money raised after costs will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

This display will be in Lanchester but it has encompassed the whole region, with people from the surrounding villages taking part, making and painting poppies on a regular basis.

We are learning more about those from the village who made the ultimate sacrifice and we hope to print a booklet once the display has finished with all this information, including details and photographs of the display.

The project was first mentioned at the Boys Brigade in July 2016 and has now grown into a community event.

We have a workshop every other month and so far have made 2,765 of which 1,792 are painted and in storage.

The display will be open from November 1st until Sunday 18th November 2018

Lanchester Methodist Chapel will be open during this time (.30am to 8pm serving tea and coffee. Displays on local men and women named on Lanchester War Memorials.

Two Festival of Remembrance services held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November. Ticket only events.

Orders are still being taken for poppies. £10 for a special poppy with a dog tag and £5 for one without a dog tag.

If you want further information please contact Eric Hepplewhite at or 07969 808958 or 01207 521323

31/12/2018 - Durham Cathedral - Armistice Living With the Peace
Open Treasure Exhibition Programme

Tuesday 25th September to early 2019

Discover stories of local regiments the Durham Light Infantry and Northumberland Fusiliers and how people adapted as peace slowly returned.

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.