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Monthly Friday Talks for the Friends.

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Interesting Topics from the North East of England.

Friends are invited to attend the Friday Evening Meetings that are presented during the winter months. The following is the current programme and a selection of previous Talks.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, we may be holding our Friday Evening Meetings,virtually, via Zoom.  Please contact the Friends' Office, by e-mail, for more details on how to join us.

Please note: The topics and speakers may be changed at the last minute without warning. This is very rare indeed and we always try to have a worthwhile substitute available just in case.  Please contact the Friends' Office, or check this website, before attending.

The following will give you some idea about the topics covered by the speakers in that period.

The meetings are always well attended and enjoyed by all. Most of the speakers are eminant experts in their field. Come along if you can make it. You won't be disappointed.

Friday Evening Meetings: 2021-2022

  • September 24th 2021     Matthew Henderson - Developing Retail Appropriate to Beamish
  • October 22nd 2021     Margaret Bozic MBE - Divorce, Domestics and Rehousing  Citizens Advice Bureau Cases in Tyneside in the 1950s
  • November 26th 2021     Anthony Atkinson - Mary Eleanor Bowes
  • January 28th 2022    Malcolm Byrne - Battleships - Dreadnoughts
  • February 25th 2022     Simon Raine - Confessions of a Cheesemaker - making cheese in a converted POW camp!
  • March 25th 2022     T.B.C.
  • April 29th 2022     T.B.C.

Friday Evening Meetings: 2020-2021

  • September 25th 2020     T.B.C.     Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • October 16th 2020     Alec Connolly - Beamish Days  Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • November 27th 2020     Malcolm Byrne - Battleships - Dreadnoughts    Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • January 29th 2021     Richard Pears - Mansions of Whickham  to be online via Zoom
  • February 26th 2021     Rob Langham - Stanhope & Tyne Railroad and its Links to Beamish  to be online via Zoom
  • March 19th 2021     Rob Langham - The North Eastern Railway in World War 1  to be online via Zoom
  • April 30th 2021     Anthea Lang - Saltwell Park  to be online via Zoom


Friday Evening Meetings: 2019-2020

  • September 27th 2019 Les Brunton - Beamish Tramway - its history and development
  • October 18th 2019 Peter Ryder - Eston Church 
  • November 29th 2019 John Moreels - Nostalgic View of the North
  • January 31st 2020 Mel Wall - S.O.E.
  • February 28th 2020  Stuart Miller - “The Strange Mystery of Eileen Mor”
  • March 20th 2020 Anthony Atkinson - Mary Eleanor Bowes
  • April 24th 2020 Matthew Henderson - Remaking Beamish an Update

Friday Evening Meetings: 2018-2019

  • September 28th 2018 Richard Pears - Country Houses of Tyneside
  • October 19th 2018 Michael McHugh - Whatever Happened to Saltwell Park Museum?
  • November 30th 2018 John Boothroyd - Flea Pits and Picture Houses: The Golden Age of Cinema in a North East Town
  • January 25th 2019 Geraldine Straker - Re-Making Beamish - The First Two Buildings
  • February 22nd 2019 Bill Saunders - The World of the Little Waster
  • March 22nd 2019 Bernard Hope - The Real Great Escape
  • April 26th 2019 Marion Anderson - Gertrude Bell - Explorer

Friday Evening Meetings: 2017-2018

  • September 29th 2017 Rev. Peter Barham - Wilson Carmichael, Artist
  • October 20th 2017 Dinah Iredale - Bondagers and the Bondage System 
  • November 24th 2017 John Grundy - Churches of the North East
  • January 26th 2018 Freda Thompson - Mr Grainger's Market
  • February 23rd 2018 Bernard Hope - Prisoners of the British
  • March 23rd 2018 Jan & Ron Clements - Travels with a Camera
  • April 27th 2018 Dorothy Brownlee - The Wreck of the Rohilla



The Friday Evening Meetings are held on the Museum site, normally in the Collections' Room in the Regional Resource Centre Bulding at Foulbridge.

If you are coming to the Meetings please enter the site at the Foulbridge Workshop entrance and park there. The gate will open between 7.15pm and 8.00pm. The meeting starts at 8.00pm and the gate will be locked during the meeting.

You will need your membership card with you when you sign in.
There is a £1.00 charge per person, per Meeting, which includes refreshments.

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