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Welcome to Remembering the Past - a volunteer-led charity collecting memories of local life in and around North Tyneside

Remembering the Past received the 2021 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Congratulations to all our volunteers. The Queen's Award is the highest honour volunteers can receive. We are immensely proud of this achievement.

Latest Posts

Photo of Anne in garden probably about age 4
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Memories of Forest Hall

We were recently contacted by Anne Leathem who had many memories of growing up in…
Image of Pearey House Anniversary booklet cover.
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150 Years of service for the visually impaired

The Pearey House Centre in Preston Park, North Shields, opened in 1950, but has its…
Photo of The Herring Girl statue
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Time to celebrate

Last week saw the completion of our “Herring Girls” project with an event to launch…

View material from some of our heritage talks

Port of  Tyne – Archive Film Screening

You can still view this film on the North East Film Archive website by following this link PORT OF TYNE | Yorkshire Film Archive (yfanefa.com)

Bringing Back the Banner – Heritage Talk

Hear the story of how a dedicated team of local people, and skilled experts, rescued and restored Burradon Colliery’s 1954 banner. A recording of the presentation and a detailed account of the project can be seen by following the links below.

Bringing Back the Banner heritage talk – YouTube         Bringing Back The Banner – The Project – on Vimeo

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Do you have a story to tell or a memory to share?

Remembering the Past is collecting memories about every part of life in North Tyneside and its surrounding areas, as told by those who lived, worked and played there.

Here you'll find memories and experiences contributed entirely by people who were born and raised in the area, or who have moved here from other parts of the country. Their stories cover a timespan of over 100 years, with our earliest memory going back to 1906.

From birth to death, holidays, school, childhood and working life, health, entertainment, politics, festivals, transport, shopping and home. Whether your memories are from 6, 16, or 60 years ago you will help build a living community history, which other people will enjoy.

This is a living archive and it needs more stories – can you share one with us?

Explore our Collections of Memories

Remembering the Past has been collecting the memories of local people over many years. Now, thanks to our volunteers, the memories have been collated into a number of online collections.

Ready to start exploring?

Would you like to volunteer with Remembering the Past?

Volunteers collecting memories

All of our work is done by volunteers.

We’re proud of what we do and how we do it. If you join the team you could learn some new skills, work on interesting projects, meet some wonderful people and have fun along the way.

Interested in joining the team? Contact us