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Official opening for Gateshead Archive

Gateshead Archive - opening

Gateshead Archive has been officially opened by Honorary Freeman of the Borough the Rt Hon the Baroness Quin of Gateshead.

Gateshead Archive is a fantastic new space at Gateshead Central Library which gives visitors a fantastic opportunity to see the unique local history collection held by the Council. It showcases thousands of local history books, historic maps, photos and newspapers alongside displays, touchscreen terminals and study space that can be used by individuals or groups. Gateshead Council secured £499,200 of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create the Gateshead Archive.

Baroness Quin's life has been rooted in the North East. She was elected as MEP for Tyne and Wear in 1979 and then served as a Member of Parliament for Gateshead between 1987 and 1997. Baroness Quin was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006, the same year in which she was awarded Freedom of the Borough, and has been Chair of Tyne an Wear Archives and Museums Strategic Board since 2017. Away from politics Baroness Quin has always had a keen interest in local history and has taken residents on heritage walks around Newcastle for over four decades.

Baroness Quin said "Gateshead Council's library service has a richly deserved national reputation for its successes in finding ever new and relevant ways of reaching out to - and serving - the people of Gateshead.  This latest venture - Gateshead Archive - provides yet another outstanding example of this and I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the official opening of this wonderful new facility."

Throughout the course of the year events will be organised to celebrate and showcase local history. With a history festival, a historic interactive drama and creative workshops there will be something for everyone to take part in.

Find out more about Gateshead Archive

Gateshead Archive - opening
02 March 2020

Gateshead Archive has been officially opened by Honorary Freeman of the Borough the Rt Hon the Baroness Quin of Gateshead.

Gateshead Archive is a fantastic new space at Gateshead Central Library which gives visitors a fantastic opportunity to see the unique local history collection held by the Council. It showcases thousands of local history books, historic maps, photos and newspapers alongside displays, touchscreen terminals and study space that can be used by individuals or groups. Gateshead Council secured £499,200 of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create the Gateshead Archive.

Baroness Quin's life has been rooted in the North East. She was elected as MEP for Tyne and Wear in 1979 and then served as a Member of Parliament for Gateshead between 1987 and 1997. Baroness Quin was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006, the same year in which she was awarded Freedom of the Borough, and has been Chair of Tyne an Wear Archives and Museums Strategic Board since 2017. Away from politics Baroness Quin has always had a keen interest in local history and has taken residents on heritage walks around Newcastle for over four decades.

Baroness Quin said "Gateshead Council's library service has a richly deserved national reputation for its successes in finding ever new and relevant ways of reaching out to - and serving - the people of Gateshead.  This latest venture - Gateshead Archive - provides yet another outstanding example of this and I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the official opening of this wonderful new facility."

Throughout the course of the year events will be organised to celebrate and showcase local history. With a history festival, a historic interactive drama and creative workshops there will be something for everyone to take part in.

Find out more about Gateshead Archive

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