Society's Programme

Society’s Programme

  • 20th March 2019 - Before Alnwick and Cornhill - Getting out of Whittingham in the earlier days of the train
    Richard Sharp

    On 1 July 1847 the opening of the final section of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway, from Morpeth to Chathill, brought North Northumberland into connection with a rapidly expanding national rail network. Since 1844 this had already made it possible to travel from Tyneside to London in the space of a single day. The talk will consider how the new railways opened horizons for people living in our region, and will give particular attention to what it was actually like to experience long distance travel by train in the 1840s and 1850s.

    Richard Sharp was born just in time to be part of a now-lost world. Steam trains and Victorian pennies in pocket money evoked his early sympathy. Having experience their loss with a deep sense of melancholy, he went on to spend as much time as possible in the past, as a jobbing antiquary in various guises, dabbling mainly in ecclesiastical topics tinged with Jacobitism and as a collector of engraved imagery-- the visual record of a pre-photographic age. He has recently returned to his earliest enthusiasm and is assembling material for a detailed reconstruction of the journey advertised on a railway poster issued in 1846: 'CARLISLE to LONDON in THIRTEEN HOURS'.


  • 17th April 2019 - The Early History of Lee’s Garage
    Jon Radgick

    Jon Radgick had a London career as a Chartered Surveyor involved in the dark arts of auctioneering but escaped to Northumberland to pursue his lifelong interests in wine and old motor cars. He bought the garage which was originally Lee's Garage in 2000 and has run it himself under the trade name of Old Motor House for the last eight years. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain and was for several years Vice Chairman of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.


  • 15th May 2019 - The Story of North Country Quilts and Quilters
    Rosy Allan
    Ms Allan was formerly Keeper of Social History, Beamish Museum.
    Weardale Quilters



Meetings start at 7.30pm, at the Whittingham Memorial Hall [NE66 4UP], and are followed by tea/coffee and biscuits which gives an opportunity to meet the speaker and discuss topics of interest.
Non-members are welcome at all meetings. There is a small entrance charge of £3, payable at the door.

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