Succeeding against the Odds – the birth of the Northumberland Archives Charitable Trust

Philip Mawer - Chair

Setting up a new charity is a considerable challenge at any time. Doing this in the middle of a global pandemic is even more so. The Trust’s Chair, Sir Philip Mawer, tells the story of the first challenging year. When the Trustees of the Northumberland Archives Trust met for the first time towards the end…

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Do you have skills the Trust could use?

Now that the Trust is up and running, and with a website to allow contact with the outside world, it highlights our need for volunteers to help publicise the work of the Trust using modern means of communication. Do you have experience of social media platforms like FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp that you could…

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Time proofing the digital archives

We are all familiar with the rapid changes that have taken place over the years in the world of digital technology. How many people can still access data on a floppy disc, and what about documents and spreadsheets from the 1980s produced using Word Perfect or SuperCalc, just two of the many formats developed over…

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Photo Centre Berwick

The Berwick Record Office and the Friends of Berwick & District Museum and Archives jointly purchased this collection in 2012. It contains over a million negatives which document all aspects of life in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. It covers the period from 1951 when David Smith founded his photojournalism business until 2012 when…

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Harriet Carr: Artist and Traveller

Harriet Carr

Background and aims of the project. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was usual for sons of wealthy families to undertake ‘The Grand Tour’, a tour around Europe.  The purpose of the Tour was to educate travellers about the art and culture of the classical period and the Renaissance and to introduce them to…

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Northumberland Healthcare

Castle Hills Staff 1945

Healthcare Project Aim of the project. This project will look at healthcare in Northumberland prior to the establishment of the NHS in 1948. It will have two main strands: An oral history project, interviewing Northumberland residents who recall receiving healthcare or recall their parents speaking about receiving healthcare prior to 1948. A study of maternity…

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General Fund

Protecting our heritage The Northumberland Archives Trust’s aim is to improve access for everyoneto Northumberland’s superb collection of archives and historic records. Itdoes this by raising funds to ensure that primary source material is savedfrom destruction, collected, catalogued and digitised so that it becomesavailable to all. The Trust also works with the County’s Archives Service…

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