Make a date with heritage

Working Lives Symposium, Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archieves, Saturday, March 24, 10am. Admission free.

LOCAL history fans are being invited to make a date for the last in a series of events to share the findings of a Heritage Lottery Fund project.

The Working Lives Symposium will be held at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives on Saturday, March 24, from 10am to 1pm, and will feature a number of presentations and talks.

For more than two years, staff and volunteers have been delving into a mountain of previously uncatalogued papers and documents to uncover some amazing stories, fascinating facts and historical gems.

And Sue Wood, head of collections at the Ashington-based attraction, is keen to encourage anyone with an interest in the history of the area to come along.

“I’m sure many people would enjoy the event even if they have never been to Woodhorn or the Archives. We’ve uncovered so much interesting information, and we’d love to share it.

“This is a great opportunity to find out some of our county’s hidden history and be inspired by our enthusiastic team and volunteers,” she said.

Lynn-Marie Early, an archivist on the project, will be speaking about The Roddam Family of Northumberland and the Roddam Papers.

Sarah Littlefear, another of the project staff, will share her discoveries about country houses, looking at Blenkinsopp Castle, Dilston Hall and Kirkley Hall.

Claire Snell, from Northumberland Archives, will be providing an insight into the technical side of the investigation, the online catalogue, how the records are digitised and other behind the scenes activities.

Volunteer Sylvia Coddington will look at The History of Paper: its uses and development.

Most of her examples will be taken from the Thomas Bell collection held within the archives of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. Thomas Bell was land agent to the Duke of Northumberland from 1826.

Admission is free, and tea and coffee will be provided, but places need to be booked in advance as space is limited.

Contact 01670 528025 or email for more information or to book a place.