Monthly Archives: June 2015

Heaton Mining Disaster Film – call for volunteers

A film is in production to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Heaton Mining Disaster of 3 May 1815. The film will feature some of the commemorations, such as the concert in St Teresa’s Church Hall on 2 May and the ecumenical service the following day – the anniversary itself. Within that contemporary framework or structure using dramatic re-enactments we also hope to give an impression of what happened in 1815.

There is a call from Heaton History Group member, Peter Dillon, for volunteers to take part in several scenes to be filmed in Heaton Park on Sunday 19 July from 9.00am – (approx) 10.30am. In the first instance males aged from 12 to 82 are needed to represent the 75 miners who died. These representatives will be filmed emerging from the trees in the park. Several 7 year olds from St Teresa’s Primary School will represent the boys who died. ‘Miners’ please meet at the children’s playground by 9.00am.

And secondly – from approximately 9.30am – men, women and children of all ages are welcome to represent contemporary Heaton and will be filmed walking together in the footsteps of the miners – indeed across the ground below which they died – down the grassy incline towards the adventure playground. The walk is intended both as a mark of respect for those from this place that came before and a celebration of the vital and vibrant community Heaton is today. The meeting place is again the children’s playground in Heaton Park. Please come dressed in your everyday clothes (or whatever is comfortable). The aim is for the shoot to be complete by about 10.30am.

Celebration of our Mining History cover

The plan is to complete the film by the 201st anniversary in 2016 and then show it in church halls and community centres.

Nostalgic Views of the North 2: more from the Ward Philipson collection

The Heritage Lottery sponsored project ‘Photo Memories Organisation’ is saving and sharing a selection of the Ward Philipson photographic collection comprising over 150,000 images of the North East, with engravings and etchings dating back to the 1700s and photographs from the 1850s to the 1960s. In September 2014 John Moreels MBE, the owner of the collection, visited our group with his first talk and visual presentation featuring images of the North East, while introducing the collection and what had been achieved by the volunteers in the first 12 months. A year on and this incredible resource has many stories to tell as the website now has over 4,500 restored images displayed and uncovered a history and background of the collection which includes a working relationship with Thomas Bewick’s family.

On Wednesday 23 September 2015, John will return with the second part of the amazing story. John will tell us more about the project and present a new collection of recently found images which will bring back many memories while being fascinating and entertaining. John will also have his third publication for sale at a special discounted price and will be telling us how we can all help with the project.

Here we present a couple of local photographs from the collection:

Tates Radio Shields Road

Anyone remember this shop on Shields Road?


And this one?

Smiths Crisps Coast Road

And recognise this much changed building on the Coast Road?

To book for the talk, which takes place at the Corner House Hotel on Heaton Road, please contact: / 07443 594154 Free for members. £2 for non members. We ask you to be in your seat by 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start so that we can give unclaimed seats to people on our reserve list.