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The Mapping of Newcastle

Wednesday 25 October 2023 7.30pm, St George’s United Reformed Church

This talk will discuss the historical cartographic record of Newcastle and Tyneside and examine its chronological development up to the mid-nineteenth century. Different phases, with different types of maps, ranging from military maps, through maps for propaganda purposes to policy-related maps – will be identified and explained. Some well-known maps will be critically examined in terms of their provenance and content.  The changing role and purpose of maps will be illustrated before briefly discussing the careers of some well known cartographers.

Our Speaker

Mike Barke was a lecturer in Geography at Northumbria University until his retirement in 2016. A graduate of Liverpool and Glasgow Universities, he has researched and written extensively on the historical geography of north-east England.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the region and his most recent publication (2021) is ‘Newcastle upon Tyne: Mapping the City’, a cartographic history of the city of Newcastle and its region. The book is illustrated with over 150 maps, many of them in colour. His talk will illustrate the development of the cartography of the region up to the advent of the Ordnance Survey.  

Mike is Chair of the Cullercoats Local History Society and the Honorary Librarian of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our Venue

This talk will take place at St George’s United Reformed Church on Newton Road, High Heaton NE7 7HP. It is on the corner with Boundary Gardens, the same block as Heaton Stannington’s football ground, Grounsell Park.

There are excellent public transport links including the numbers 18, 38, 52 and 553, which stop right by the church.

There is car parking on the surrounding streets. 

Booking The talk is free to members and cost £2.50 for non-members. Open for bookings. Reserve your place by contacting Maria on or 07443 594154



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