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The NewcastleCommunity Heritage Project Resource Collection
About the Collection
Listed here are magazines, guides and school learning resources from the Newcastle Community Heritage Project, 2005-2010. They have been passed on to the Ouseburn Trust for everyone to use and enjoy free of charge, in recognition of the Trust’s commitment to celebrating local heritage.
Ouseburn Heritage magazines contain memories from local people that bring the Valley’s history alive.
Download these pdfs or call by the Ouseburn Trust for original copies while stocks last. Please note, a small charge for postage will apply.
Local Walks & Guides
Ouseburn Explorer children’s walks
(for each walk, download all 6 pages)
These two family friendly walks come from an award winning book, Ouseburn Explorer,
which can still be bought from Seven Stories. The book contains stickers, games and puzzles, as well as two further walks.
Victoria Tunnel Overland COMING SOON!
Newcastle’s fascinating past comes alive when you follow these unusual walks following the route of the Victoria Tunnel underground waggonway.
To book a school visit of the Victoria Tunnel and to see the corresponding school resources, please click here.
Ouseburn River Activities
These cover the history and geography of the river and its banks.
Some of these were developed with Sitelines (Newcastle Historic Environment Record).
Ouseburn Valley Activities
These encourage exploration of the Lower Ouseburn Valley through history and maths.
The Lizzie Dowson History Project
A case study of the life and death of a girl who worked in the Ouseburn leadworks in Victorian times. Includes a trail through the Lower Ouseburn Valley.
Teachers notes (read before downloading the documents)
These notes explain how you can use the case study materials to enrich a Key Stage 2/3 class-based enquiry into the Victorian era.The stimulus is an inquest report into a tragedy that took place in 1891 – the death of Lizzie Dowson, an 18 year old lead works employee, who lived and worked in the Ouseburn.
About the Newcastle Community Heritage Project
Funded by Newcastle City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Newcastle Community Heritage Project built on a successful heritage education project run during the Council’s regeneration partnership with the Ouseburn Trust between 1997-2004.
Both the NCHP and its predecessor promoted and celebrated an oral history of the city, by actively engaging Newcastle residents in documenting history within living memory. As a result, thousands of adults and children were able to celebrate local distinctiveness, to support regeneration, and to take ownership of their local heritage and historic environment.
The City Council team who delivered the Newcastle Community Heritage Project were Mike Greatbatch, Alison Stancliffe, Hannah Stembridge and Marian Jones.
This team provided a programme of activities for schools, community groups and families, to encourage them to explore the Ouseburn Valley, Victoria Tunnel and Quayside areas. They also worked with residents and community groups in locations across the city, from Lemington to Walker.
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