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Photo Memories Organisation

Latest News / Events Diary.

Help us to identify or add details to the  19,000+ images on this site. Since May 2014 we have concentrated in trying to get a wide range of images restored and uploaded onto the collections page to try and show the vast array of subjects the images cover. We appreciate some of the images may not be your scene but we hope there is something which brings back a few memories and you can share your comments with the many visitors we have from all over the world. Your kind comments and enthusiasm is very much appreciated, they motivate us to continue the mammoth task which still is ahead. We will attempt to upload more images every month so keep returning to our site for even more unique images.

*EVENTS DIARY at bottom of page .........

Our 'Nostalgic Newsletters' are now available to read ....

Newsletter 2 

Newsletter 3

Newsletter 4

Newsletter 5

Newsletter 6

We hope to issue a newsletter at least twice a year, but our main task is to keep scanning, restoring and updating new images to the web site. If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter please add your name and e mail address to our 'stay updated' below. We will not share your details and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Our latest Photographic Book - Third Selection of Work, which has been in demand for a number of years is now available. Following the launch of this web site, the volunteers have worked intensely for a number of months scanning and restoring more of the collection and have discovered even more fascinating photographs. We hope you are enjoying the content and are appreciating the unique images. Your comments and notes are very much appreciated and add important information and memories to the photographs. Please revisit the site regularly and help us save and share the Ward Philipson collection by adding and updating your comments.

The special signed limited edition books are in great demand and you can obtain your copy of BOOK 3 now - visit Books, Prints and Postcards via our home page for full details.

The images on this site are from a small selection of the various collections acquired by Sheila and John Moreels including, tha Ward collection, The Philipson photographic collection, Beamish collection, Edgar Lee collection, historical books, manuscripts and many more historical items which now total over 200,000 photographic negatives including engravings and etchings dating 1700’s to 1960’s. The images display many different scenes from the past including historic buildings, history of people and communities, historic places and events, landscapes and gardens of the past, industry, maritime, coalmines and transport history. Together with etchings and engravings depicting artists' interpretations of the environment in that period.

Please visit the collection page and the individual photographs to add your memories and comments.

We have visited a number of organisations over the last few years and hope to continue in 2021, subject to current restrictions. If your organisation would like to share in this exciting project while hearing the amazing story of this unique discovery please contact us - full details are now available on the Talks and Presentation page.

Participating groups already visited during the last few years include: - National Health Retirement Group, Consett.- Ponteland Local History.-Darlington U.3.A.- Tynedale Stroke Club.-Slaley, Healy and Minsterarcres Local History Society.-Blyth Photographic Society.-Allendale W.I.-Northumberland and Newcastle Society.-Lesbury W.I.-Spennymoor Probus.-Witton Le Wear W.I.-Darlington Probus.-Mid Northumberland U.3.A.-Blyth Local History Group.-Heighton Homemakers.-Durham Probus. -Corbridge W.I. -Tynemouth Regents Club. -Chollerton Parish History Society. -Wear Tees U.3.A -West Denton URC. Ladies. -Sunderland Ladies Wednesday Club. -Ponteland Rotary Club. -Heaton History Group. -Dunelm U.3.A. -Durham and District Caledonian Society. -Chopwell Ladies Group. -Tynedale U.3.A. -Whickham and District U.3.A. -Esh Leaves W.I. -Cullercoats Regent Club. -Winlaton Mill Ladies Club. -Gateshead History Society. -Alnwick Civic Society. -Whitley Bay Comrades. -Durham County History and Heritage Forum. -Bishop Auckland Civic Society. -Gainford Local History Group, -Sunderland Townswomen's Guild. -Ponteland Local History Society. -County Durham Centre of the National Trust. -Darlington U.3.A. -Slaley, Healy and Minsteracres Local History Society. -Lakeside Ladies Club. -Riding Mill W.I. -Acomb History Society. -South Durham U.3.A. -Sedgefield Family History Society. -Consett U.3.A -Low Fell Ladies Wednesday Club. - Billingham Towswomens Guild.Tynemouth Regents Club -Allendale W.I. -Langley Park W.I. -Richmond Ladies' Luncheon Club. -The Willow Club, Whitley Bay. - Tursdale and Hett WI. - Peterlee U.3.A. - Birtley History Society, Northumberland. - Tynemouth Regents Club. - Prudhoe and District Local History Society. - Tynemouth Photographic Society.- Local Government Retired Members Group. Gateshead. - Ponteland U.3.A. - Ewesley Road Ladies Fellowship. - County Durham History and Heritage Fair  - Rotary Club of Newcastle West. - Maltby and Hilton W.I. - Newcastle upon Tyne Library. - Stocksfield Retirement Association.Foresters Friendly Society.Sunderland North U.3.A. - Seaham History Society. - Witton Le Wear W.I.Copthorne Hotel Conference - Durham Probus. -  Merryoaks W.I. - Belmont W.I. - West Denton URC Ladies.Heaton History Group. - Dalton le Dale History Society.Durham Probus.Lemington Townwomens Guild. -Blyth History Society. - Leadgate W.I. - Winlaton Mill Ladies. - Whitley Bay U.3.A. - Ouston Ladies Club. - Slaley Healy and Minsteracres Local History Society. - Darlington U.3.A.- Low Fell Ladies Group. - Wingate W.I. - Newcastle Ramblers. -Acomb History Group.- Bondgate Methodist Group. -Southridge W.I. - West Denton Ladies Group. - St Mary's Ladies Group. - National Health Retirement Group. - Ponteland History Society. - Tudhoe and Spennymoor L.H.S. - Consett Men's Forum. - Wallsend W.I. - Denton W.I. - 33 Club Eglescliffe. - Royal Observer Corps, Durham. - South Hylton History Society. - Birtley History Society, Northumberland. - Norton Methodist Ladies Circle. - Tyneside Ramblers. - Washington History Society. - Winlaton Local History. - Northumberland and Newcastle Society. - North Shields Library. - Norham W.I. - Yarm Probus Club.- Foresters Friendly Society. - Sedgefield History Society. - Ewesley Road Fellowship. -  Hetton le Hole Inner Wheel. - Morpeth Luncheon Club. - Wheatley Hill History Club. - Ponteland U3A. - Chester le Street History Society. - Sedgefield U3A. - Shotley W.I. - St. Helens Friendship Group. - Newcastle Retired Solicitors Association. - Chopwell Ladies Group. - Gateshead Local History Society. - Newton Aycliffe W.I. - Deerness Seniors Association. - Stocksfield Retirement Assosiation. - Thorpe Thewles History Group. - Lumley W.I. - National Council of Woman, Darlington. -  North Shields Library. - Belmont Library. -  Whitley Bay Commrades. -  Exorsets. - Newcastle upon Tyne University Graduates Society. - Spennymoor Probus. - North East Jaguar Club. - Chester le Street U.3.A. - Probus Yarm. - Craythorne W I. - Wallsend History Society. - Probus Darlington. - Barnard Castle History Society. - Warden and Hexham W.I. - Wentworth Park W I. - Gainford History Society. - Dalton Le Dale History Society. -  Ryton Ladies Club. - Friendship Club, Cramlington. - Wallsend Photographic Society.Kirk Levington Ladies Group. - St. Cuthberts Phoenix Club. - Greenside Local History Society. - Bishop Middleham History Society. - Foresters Friendly Society. - Gateshead U.3.A. - Ryton U.3.A. - Daimler and Jaguar Club. - Tynedale U.3.A. - North Shields Probus. - T.I.T.O. Tudhoe. - Slaley, Healy & Mineteracres W.I. - National Council for Women, Darlington. - Darlington U.3.A. - Hetton Local History Society. - Cameo Houghton. - Gateshead Local History Society. - Durham Friendship Centre. - Blyth Local History Society. -  Sedgefield History Society. - Peterlee U3A. - Durham Photographic Society. - Bygate W.I. - Ladies Group, Chester le Street. - Sunderland Probus. - Eagglescliffe Local History Society. - Leisure Group, Gosforth. - Friendship Group, Eaglescliffe. - Consett Men's Club. - Barnard Castle Probus. - Thursday Club, Durham. - Hetton Le Hole Inner Wheel. - Wallsend History Society. - Exorsets. - Ladies Club, Coxhoe. - Wearside U3A. - Soth Hylton Local History Society. - Ladies Fellowship, Darlington. - Ferryhill History Society. - Hearth Arts Centre. - St. John's Ladies Group. - Chester le Street Heritage Group. - Brancepeth Ladies Group. - Shincliffe Local History Society. - Parkinson's UK, Sunderland. - Bishopton and Stainton W. I. - Willow Club, Whitley Bay. - Birtley History Group, Hexham. - Seaham Harbour U.3 A. - Shadforth W.I. - Beacon Club, Hexham. - Ouston Ladies Club. - Gateshead U3A. - Birtley History Group, Hexham. - South Tyneside U.3.A. - Whitley Bay Comrades. - Hope Group, Houghton le Spring.- Hexham Photographic Society. - Newcastle West Trefoil Guild. - Sedgefield History Society. - Wallsend Photographic Society. - Bishop Middleham Local History. - Tudhoe & Spennymoor Probus.  - County Durham National Trust, Durham. - Ryton Local History Society. - Riding Mill W.I., Haydon. - NHS Retirement Group, North Tyneside. - Heddon on The Wall Local History. - Lyndhurst Bowling Club, Gateshead. - Durham U.3.A. - South Tyneside U.3.A. - Bensham Community Group. - Stocksfield Retired Mens Association. - U.3.A. Regional. - St. Andrews, Monkseaton. - Bygate W.I. - Tynemouth Photographic Society. - Exorsets. - Newton Aycliffe W.I. - Sunderland U.3.A. History Group. - Cake and Company, Fence Houses. -  The Tea Birds, Spennymoor. - Institute of Engineering & Technology, Westerhope. - Ladies Circle, Morden Village. - Friends of Beamish Museum. - Lecture Association, Darlington.We have visited 228 Groups since 2014 and have over 11 more to visit in 2020/2021. Would you like us to visit your organisation?

Quotes from recent presentations include the following comments: 

‘Fascinating images that we were privileged to see -Lovely event, an impressive amount of dedication being shown’   S.H. Northumberland & Newcastle Society.

'It's fantastic and gives a diverse insight into how the North East worked, played and lived. I for one have never seen another site like it, do keep up the good work.'  B.H. Sunderland.

'Thank you so much for a very entertaining and informative talk. 

The photographs were stunning and I hope that our members will visit the new website and contribute to you research.'  D. H. Chollerton Parish History Society.

'An appreciation of the energy and humour evident in the presentation shows the care being taken to preserve such a unique collection'  J.C. Probus, Durham.

‘What an overwhelming project! It’s so important, it must continue and be made available’  S.S. Northumberland & Newcastle Society.

‘Facts that even the North Easterners were not aware of'  S.M. Ponteland.

‘Brought back many memories of my childhood'. 'Immensely enjoyable and a fascinating insight into days gone by'  J.M. Darlington.

‘Without doubt a real eye opener of the past'.  T.W. Consett. 

‘The care being taken to preserve such a unique collection'  J.C. Ponteland.

‘It was wonderful'  A.C. Heaton. 

‘Found it very interesting and informative – the whole talk was first class’  S.C. Darlington U.3.A.

‘Impressive amount of dedication being shown'  S.H. Northumberland & Newcastle Society. 

‘Immensely enjoyable and a fascinating insight into days gone by’  J.M. Darlington U.3.A.

‘An invaluable project – these photographs are of national importance and need to be widely known.’  I.H. Slaley & Healy Local History Club.

'Very useful and interesting. Well done, keep it up and we look forward to seeing you again. I have recommended this talk to others.' C.R. Blyth Local History Group.

'Excellent and informative, thoroughly enjoyable' G.S. Blyth Local History Group.

'Applaud the effort to recruit those with personal knowledge to add to research and information' B.M. Spennymoor Probus.

'An excellent presentation. Definately will recommend.' J.F.C. Spennymoor Probus.

'Very professional - one of the best presentations ever.' J.D.Y. Durham University.

'More please. and good luck in preserving these amazing images.' R.M. Durham National Trust.

'Most enjoyable and varied, seeing the slides of street life and childrern.' J.M. County Durham N.T.

'Most enjoyable and informative. Everything excellent.' E.P. National Trust.

'Historical context provided, enriching the presentation' A.B.G. Gainford.

'Our high expectations were well met.' E. N. Alnwick Civic Society.

'So interesting it could have been longer.' S.E. Bishop Auckland Civic Soiciety.

'Really enjoyed the talk, would listen to this talk again and again.' M.M.B Family History Society.

'Inspires us to look into our own archives and discover more.' W.W. Tynedale U.3.A.

'Excellent commentary and a wealth of interesting photos.' L.H. Whickham U.3.A.

'The commentary revealed facts that even the North Easterners were not aware of.' S.M. Rotary Club of Ponteland.

'Really enjoyed the whole presentation - it was wonderful.' A. & I. C. Heaton History Group.

We are currently unable to give presentations due to current restrictions. We hope to visit the following organisations in 2021/2022. Make sure we visit your group by contacting us a.s.a.p.



Birtley Heritage Group.

Brancepeth Ladies.

Broadway Group.

Whickham U.3.A.


Killingworth Local History Group.

Darlington Lecture Association.

Bellingham W.I.


Thank you for your support. We look forward to meeting your group.

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