Archive for the ‘Talks’ Category

Friends of LV50 – call for volunteers!

If you enjoyed the First Wednesday talk by the Friends of LV50 and you are feeling inspired to get involved in the project in some way, whether it be behind the scenes helping with research or fundraising, or maybe acting as a guide for visitors on open days, please contact Lester Sher (lester.sher@btinternet.com) to register […]

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First Wednesday talk: 5th April 2017
LV50 – Fresh Perspectives

  Light Vessel 50/HY Tyne III has served as the much-loved house yacht of the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club since she was acquired in 1951. She is the oldest floating lightship in the United Kingdom and as such has important historical significance, which makes the vessel a valuable asset for the RNYC, Blyth and the […]

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First Wednesday talk: 1st Mar 2017
David Hirst – Curious Naturalists

  David Hirst takes an affectionate look at some of the people from the north of England who have contributed to a better understanding of our natural world. From hermits and heretics to Squires and seafarers, this is a story of eccentric adventure, derring-do, scientific curiosity and armchair deduction In a time-travelling tour we’ll find […]

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First Wednesday talk: 1st Feb 2017
David Fraser – NER Coal Staithes Blyth Harbour

  Following the demise of the coal industry, local historian David Fraser was granted special access to document and record these remarkable wooden structures which once dominated the skyline of the port of Blyth before they disappeared forever. Extensive interviews with past teemers and trimmers who worked the system further enhanced his knowledge.  Join us […]

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George Elmy lifeboat restoration

Those who attended Fred Crowell’s excellent talk on Wooden Boat Restoration will remember that he referred to a series of videos that were made of the restoration of the Seaham lifeboat “George Elmy”. The videos were made by Nick Foister of Digiwiz in conjunction with East Coast Fibreglass on behalf of the East Durham Heritage […]

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First Wednesday talk: 4th Jan 2017
Fred Crowell – Wooden Boat Restoration

Don’t miss this evening of nautical heritage! Boat builder Fred Crowell has spent a lifetime building and repairing traditional craft. In recent years, working from his boatyard at Wapping Street, South Shields – the last of it’s kind on the North East coast – Fred has worked on the Seaham lifeboat the ‘George Elmy’ and […]

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First Wednesday talk: 2nd Nov 2016
Michael Chaplin and Charles Bell – The Tyne View Project

Photo: courtesy of chroniclelive.co.uk A social and people’s history of the River Tyne In July 2011 Michael Chaplin, writer-in-residence for the Port of Tyne, along with artist Birtley Aris, photographer Charles Bell and poet Christy Ducker, took a 50 mile riverside walk up and down the tidal length of the River Tyne from South Shields […]

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First Wednesday talk: 6th April
The Port of Blyth

Martin Willis – Harbour Master For the last talk of the season, our guest speaker is a man you don’t want to get on the wrong side of! Harbour Master and Marine Director of the Port, Martin Willis, will share his thoughts on the roles and responsibilities that come with the job and the ongoing […]

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