North Shields' history brought forward in time with support from Karbon

Friday, 13th September 2019

With support from Karbon, a North Shields based heritage group is set to bring the history of North Shields fish quay forward in time in a unique way.

The North Shields Heritology Project (NSHP) has secured £1,000 from Karbon's 'investing in communities' grant fund, for its heritage experience project.

The project will use emerging technologies, such as virtual reality and immersive sound, to bring the history of the North Shields Fish Quay, between 1850 and 1980, to life at a number of digital events held at venues across the town.

In preparation for the digital events, the NSHP project researchers is inviting members of the local community to attend one of their upcoming Memory Cafes, to share their experiences and stories about what life was like living and working in the area at that time.

NSHP Secretary Dave Young said: “Our aim is to reveal the history of the North Shields Fish Quay from 1850 to 1980, a period of immense social change, through the eyes of the ordinary working people who populated ‘Low Town’ – once known as ‘The Street of all Nations’ because of the huge diversity in its population.”

NSHP Chairman, Jonathan Barrand, added: “We want this to be a unique experience, and not just a simple timeline of facts and figures. Inspiring, and often tragic, there are some amazing stories to be told, which we’ll bring to life through the spoken word, music from the period, and re-enactments of actual events.”

Alongside the funding from Karbon, NSHP has also secured a number of other grants from local charities and organisations, including RW Mann Trust, John Laing Charitable Trust, Hadrian Trust, and the Venator Community Bright Ideas fund.

Melanie Rees, Community Connector for Karbon Homes, said: “North Shields is an area steeped in diverse history and when we first heard about the heritage experience project, we were keen to be able to help NSHP bring this to life.

“Projects like this, which celebrate the history of an area, really help bring communities together and help people to feel pride in the place they live. We’re looking forward to hearing the stories the project captures from local people, particularly those who are Karbon residents.”

The next cafes are taking place on Saturday 14th September from 10am-4pm at St Columba’s Church on Northumberland Square in North Shields, and Sunday 15th September from 1pm-6pm at The Exchange on Howard Street in North Shields.

To find out more about the project or to get in touch with any contributions, please contact Dave Young (Secretary) via email heritologists@gmail.com