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Newcastle Gaol
A new research project is to look into the grisly history of Newcastle Gaol – an institution notorious for its history of executions, escapes, harsh rules and appalling conditions. The gaol was once described as “a nest of villainy”. The gaol was closed in 1925 and demolished shortly afterwards. The...
Musket
The north east is set to see firing cannons, marching infantries, clashing weapons and incredible displays of horsemanship – as one of the region’s largest ever battle re-enactments takes place this August bank holiday weekend. The re-enactment will be from the time of the English Civil War (1642-51), a conflict...
Newcastle Castle by Kieron Mathews - Flickr Creative Commons
Archivists at Newcastle University have discovered a recipe for mince pies that dates all the way back to 1733. The recipe includes some things you might expect to find in a mince pie – cinnamon, nutmeg, currants, and orange and lemon peel. But it also mentions some surprising ingredients –...
image courtesy of Liam Swinney, from Flickr Creative Commons
Researchers from Newcastle University would like to speak to anyone who took part in the north east’s Save Our Shipyards campaign in the 1980s. The 1983-4 campaign battled unsuccessfully to save the shipyards – and the jobs linked to them – on the rivers Tyne and Wear. The researchers would especially...
Titanic-99th-anniversary
An academic from Newcastle University has been helping to record the sad state of the wreck of the Titanic. The ship – which sits under 3,800 metres of water around 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland – is being consumed by metal-eating bacteria. Expedition scientist and marine researcher Dr Clare...
Isle of Man
A rare Bronze Age jet necklace has been discovered by Newcastle archaeologists. The necklace, which has 122 beads, is likely to have originated in Whitby, Yorkshire. It is thought to have been made between 2200 and 1900 BC. Only 100 examples of such necklaces have been found in Britain, mostly...
image courtesy of Stephen Dann, from Flickr Creative Commons
A group of Newcastle University students have been attempting to recreate the metal smelting techniques used by our prehistoric ancestors. The students have been working with Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm in South Tyneside to try to understand how materials like copper were made in the distant past. Their experiments have been...
Gregg's Bakery Sausage Rolls
The North East is home to some of the world's best stuff, like Gazza. Here are some more excellent things we've come up with: Windscreen Wipers Gladstone Adams patented the world's first ever windscreen wipers ever in 1911, only 15 years after they were first patented in the USA, and 8...
Maritime Volunteer Service Organises Remembrance Sunday Parade Sail
Members of the Northumbria Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service have paid their respects to those who served and sacrificed their lives in service to the country. The MVS has organised a parade of sail on Remembrance Sunday at Newcastle’s Quayside for the past seven years but this year due...
Riot police with shields during the miners' strike
A piece of art, based around a key event in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, is to be exhibited in the north east. The film The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One Is an Injury to All), by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, will be showing at the Woodhorn Museum...

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