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

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Remembering the Past receives the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

We are delighted to announce that Remembering the Past has been awarded 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.

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Thanks for the memories

T he team here at Remembering the Past is proud and delighted to have been…
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A Message to Our Volunteers

As this is Volunteers' Week we would like to take this opportunity to say a…
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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside !

Jeanette writes:  In 2012 a group of local residents shared their childhood memories for our A Day…

Our Online Heritage Talks and Film Screenings

Our volunteers delve into our archives and work with our partners to bring you a trip down memory lane. Share your memories or find out what life was like in times gone by. Details of future talks and film showings can be found below.

Thursday 1 July 2021 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Archive Film Screening – “Stick in – it’ll be the making of you.”

Join us for our next archive film screening in our “Snapshot” series. Join us for an affectionate look back at amateur sport – including those glorious school games lessons!. Starting with a short documentary film, we’ll share memories together of school games lessons and sports days, swimming lessons and more.

Book your place at “Stick in – it’ll be the making of you” Tickets, | Eventbrite


Thursday 15 July 2021 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Heritage Talk – We Saw Them at the City Hall

The talk will focus on memories of Newcastle’s City Hall and the acts that appeared there.

In collaboration with Community Development at Battle Hill & Linskill

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‘Snapshot’ is a partnership project between Remembering the Past, North East Film Archive and Community Development at Battle Hill & Linskill

Catch up on previous presentations

Missed out on previous Events? You can now catch up on some of these below.

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