All about us

Gateshead Local History Society was formed in September 1964 by Gateshead Libraries and the membership has continued to grow each year. We meet at Gateshead Library on the first Thursday of each month from September to April (excluding January) at 7.00pm and the annual subscription is £5.00. There is also a £1.00 charge per meeting.

Our local history nights have a variety of speakers on both local and regional heritage. For more information please see the Events page.

Members are also involved in a 1914 project if you have any family history of relatives who died during the First World War who lived in Gateshead that you would like to share please get in touch via our email address. 

Members also plan displays, walks and talks during History Month each year and for the past three years have arranged the Perambulation which is a 13 mile walk of the old Gateshead Boundary. If you would like more information please get in touch.

In 2014 GLHS was approached by Amberley Publishing to compile a book on Gateshead From Old Photographs. Three members of the society Sandra Brack, Margaret Hall and Anthea Lang researched and compiled a book that covered the changes in Gateshead throughout the 20th Century. Gateshead From Old Photographs was launched in September 2015 and can be purchased through the society at £14.99. 

The Society is also involved with a 1914 project and is researching Gateshead casualties of the Great War. We have supported Low Fell Forum, Gateshead Library, St Mary’s Heritage Group and Sunniside Local History Society with Heritage Lottery Bids. We are currently supporting Gateshead Council with the relocation of the Maccoy Fountain and interpretation board. The Society will also be taking over the responsibility from Gateshead Council for erecting Blue Plaques in the town which are an historic marker to commemorate a famous person or event, with plans to unveil a plaque to Thomas Wilson in 2016.


We very much hope you can join us, for further information please contact the society.