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Heritage Project

We have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting local heritage project: Private Residence to Community Hub- the life and times of a South Shields town house.

Through this project we will be looking to use the history of our own building to encourage local people to research their local and social history. We would like to involve the local community to research the historical background and how the function of the building has changed over the years and find out about the people who have lived and worked here since the early 19th century.

We will be using all available resources and develop IT skills to assist people and further encourage them to do their own research in the future. Throughout the project we aim to show people how to use the internet effectively through researching their local history, how to scan and repair old photos and how to keep their own memories in electronic format including making a memory book or video as well as how to share their photos online using Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


Weekly drop-in Digital Reminiscence sessions are held at our office in Beach Road South Shields every Monday from 12.30pm to 2.00pm where volunteers are at hand to help capture people memories of South Shields as well as offering training on using computers/iPads and tablets. Further sessions will be held throughout the length of the project for additional skills such as digital photography, social media and desktop publishing so that people can better present their research and share it with others.

Wanted - your memories and photos of South Tyneside!

Come along and have a fun time in a relaxed friendly environment recalling and sharing your memories and experience and discussing the past. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, have fun and chat with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing your stories and seeing your photos.

There are various sessions so please call for further details.

What do you need to do next?

Call Andrea on 0191 456 6903 to find out more information

or visit our heritage project website: