Folk Songs and Candlemakers

The book sale is in full swing at the moment. It’s on for three days and yesterday was extremely busy with queues forming long before opening time. Sometimes people think that we are selling off the library’s books: not true! The books, CDs and records in the sale have been generously donated by members and friends of the Society and all the proceeds go into our coffers to allow us to continue our work! So, if you are at a loose end this weekend, come along to the sale. It’s on tomorrow, too, from 12 noon to 4pm.

As there hasn’t been a blog for more than a week (sorry), here’s what else has been going on over the last few days. On Monday we had a talk from Mike Morgan and Andrew Young from Newcastle’s Science City. Later that evening we hosted readings from Northumbria University Creative Writing students up in the main library. This was followed on Tuesday by a wonderful  concert of North East Folk Songs performed by  Liz Law and Terry Conway.

On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome two classes from Cragside Primary School. They are in the midst of a project looking at the Victorian period, and they came to the Lit & Phil to find out about the life on the Quayside during this time. Of course we have many books that were of help to them,  but of particular interest were the maps that we were able to put on display, including Oliver’s 1844 map of Newcastle. The eager children (they really were very enthusiastic and loved the place!) also used some of our Ward’s Directories to find out about businesses and industries. Did you know that in 1865 there were seven Ship Chandlers on the Quayside? No, neither did we…..

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