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 7.15pm 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. Then in 2018 Amberley Publishing once again asked if we could write a book on the A-Z of Gateshead - this book will be launched on Saturday 1 June at 11.00am at Gateshead Central Library - see Home page for booking details.

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. 

The Society has also be taken 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. Our first blue plaque for Thomas Wilson was unveiled by the Mayor of Gateshead on Thursday 30 March 2017 and is located on The Bank, Low Fell. Our second blue plaque for Robert Stirling Newall was unveiled by the Deputy Mayor Jill Green on Saturday 21 April 2018 and is located on Ferndene Lodge on Saltwell Road.