History enthusiasts and anyone who is interested in researching their family tree are invited to come along to the City Library next month to celebrate Local History Month.
Some of the events taking place during the month include an exhibition on Charles Dickens, a visit from staff at the General Register Office, author talks and a vintage fashion show.
You can even learn how to create your own hooky mat with a special talk about mat making in North East England on Wednesday, 16 May.
During the special month the library will be celebrating Newcastle Fashion week from Saturday, 26 May to Saturday, 2 June which includes ‘From hotpants to Adam Ant’ on Monday, 28 May. The fashions of the 70s will be on display as vintage garments take to the catwalk with a talk by cultural historian Hilary Fawcett.
Other libraries throughout the city will also be hosting events including the Denton scene over the years with Mike Young on Thursday, 24 May at Denton Library from 10am.
Lorna Windham, author of Crime and Punishment in the North East will be at Fenham Library on Tuesday, 1 May at 2pm.
At the West End Library you can see into the past by browsing the West Newcastle Picture History Collection throughout the month.
But if you want to see the region’s history close up you can book yourself onto one of the city’s tours which take in Grey’s Monument, the town walls, Blackfriars and Exhibition Park.
Kath Cassidy, Newcastle City Libraries Heritage Manager, said: “Local History Month is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the rich heritage which this city and the North East can boast and feel proud of. This month will also help people with research into their own past and explore their family tree.
“There are lots of events happening across the city in all our libraries and our staff will be ready to help you with all your requests.”
For more information about Local History Month go to http://community.newcastle.gov.uk/libraries or phone 0191 277 4100.
Page last updated: 24 April, 2012