Volunteers are sought to research our history

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to dig into history at Woodhorn Museum.

Dozens of people are already involved in various activities to investigate and map events surrounding the region’s past.

But more are still required, according to regional co-ordinator of the initiative, John Charlton.

“There is a wealth of information in libraries, public archives, museums and even private hands about public people and events, and our aim is to collate it, create a database and produce publications so that others might have easier access to it,” he said.

“Part of the job will be to find, record and transcribe personal narratives of living participants involved in political parties, movements and campaigns too.

“We’ll be offering training in oral history techniques as well as research so even complete beginners can get involved.”

Some of the research will take place at Northumberland Archives based at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington.

Volunteer Peter Nicklin was looking into Parliamentary Reform and the circumstances that led to it.

“His investigations included delving into a box from Morpeth Town Hall.

He was thrilled that not only was the information in the box useful, but also that he uncovered in excellent condition an 1826 General Election silk banner bearing the words ‘Beaumont Forever’.

“This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in history but maybe exhausted their family tree,” said Sue.

“Not only will they be exploring some fascinating topics including working lives, politics, migration and leisure, but they’ll be helping to make the information accessible to a much wider audience.”

For more details e-mail John Charlton on ppp@nelh.org or call 07761 818384.