New kiosk on heritage

The new Newbiggin Heritage kiosk which details records of former people living in the village.
The new Newbiggin Heritage kiosk which details records of former people living in the village.

A new feature detailing details of former villagers is set to be unveiled.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre is to become home to 30,000 Newbiggin people from the past five centuries as a new kiosk is launched.

The kiosk will provide online touch screen access to records of many people who have lived in the village since the early 17th century.

And the ‘Newbiggin’s People’ kiosk will be switched on by county councillor Liz Simpson at 2pm on Saturday, August 15.

The record has been created by the Newbiggin by the Sea Genealogy Project, with funding from Northumberland County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund and designed by local consultant Ben Smith.

The development marks a key milestone in the progress towards a record of ‘everyone who ever lived in Newbiggin by the Sea’ and provides the first opportunity for residents and visitors who do not have their own access to the internet to trace thousands of links between local people.

Hilton Dawson, chair of the Newbiggin Genealogy Project, said: “The Kiosk will forever be a work in progress but even at this initial stage it provides touch screen, online access to records of some 30,000 people who have lived in Newbiggin by the Sea over five centuries enabling people to trace family links with thousands of people.

“In addition the kiosk has our publications in ebook form, a developing series of pen portraits of Newbiggin ‘characters’, hundreds of photographs and a facility for members of the public to make contact to add the details of ‘anyone who ever lived in Newbiggin by the Sea’ to our ever-growing database.

“The kiosk is a wonderful resource and we are very grateful for the support of Northumberland County Council (and the Heritage Lottery Fund who have contributed to the funding of this innovative project.”