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Photo Memories Organisation

Have a very enjoyable experience while learning about your heritage.

The Ward Philipson photographic images on glass plates, lantern slides and negatives, many of which have never been viewed for many years display all aspects of North East life including historic buildings, history of people and communities, historic places and events, landscapes and gardens of the past, industry, maritime, coalmining and transport history. 

Following the capture, restoration and research of a small selection of the Ward Philipson photographic archive, we want to share the images with various groups and organisations throughout the North of England. With some of the images dating back over 300 years, thanks to the skilful work of world famous engravers and etchers, everyone viewing the talks and presentations can find pure nostalgia and enjoyment in every image. There are still over 130,000 images to be scanned and restored and it will take the current team of volunteers many years to complete the task. The story is amazing..........

Many groups and organisations have contacted us to view the images, learn more about the heritage of the North of England, engage with the local heritage, identify historical places of interest to visit, and utilise some of the images in their own projects.  These include:-

Universities and Graduate Socities * Libraries and Museums * History Groups * U.3.A.'s * Womans Institutes * Townswomens Guilds * Probus Clubs * Photographic and Camera Clubs * Antiquarian Socities * Rotary Clubs * Education, Schools and Colleges * Community Groups * Retirement Groups * Newspapers, Media and Publishers * 

At our presentations you will have a very enjoyable experience and learn about your heritage while having an opportunity of being involved and developing this heritage project.  A full list of our next presentations is available on 'latest news/events diary' on our home page.

 The volunteers of 'Photo Memories Organisation' invite you to share your memories with us:-

Visit 'The Great Bridge of Tyne' built in 1260, Durham Cathedral in 1845, Sunderland's longest suspension bridge, steam engines at Wooler in 1908, the North Yorkshire coast and experience 'Paddy's Market' in the 1880's. New photographs EVERY year!

Talk 1 The story so far... An introduction to the photographic collection with a presentation of images. Engravings, etchings and prints dating from 1700's to the 1960's.

Talk 2 The story continues... Learn more about North East life and this superb historical collection, while viewing plenty pure nostalgic images of the region.

Talk 3  More than a unique photographic collection.... Silk programmes, engraving blocks and copper etchings, more than a collection of photographs with many more exciting images and facts.

Talks 4/5 Our New Annual Talks.... with the photographic collection of the year.

Participating groups already visited in 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, and in 2015: -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. ....Would your group or organisation like to hear a talk / presentation by our presentation team?

Support this exciting project and have an enjoyable, informative and fascinating experience with our 50/60 minute presentation featuring over 80 images, while sharing your memories.

'Photographs to fall in love with' ..........

Book you talk NOW! All equipment supplied.

Contact:           Sheila or John Moreels M.B.E.

Tel:                 0191 3867297

Mobile:          07718 498788

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Thank you, for the following quotes.....

You have discovered a most interesting treasure – trove of historic photographs, with much more work still to be done. We all enjoyed your relaxed and humorous presentation of your unique collection S.J, Durham U3A
Many thanks for a marvellous talk and slide show. It was very entertaining and I know that everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. J.C.C. Rotary Club of Newcastle upon Tyne
thank you for your excellent presentation. We all enjoyed the slides and the entertaining way you explained the views. We also enjoyed looking at the familiar areas of the north as they were in the previous centuries A.H. J. Felton & Thirston
I would like to thank you so much for a thoroughly enjoyable nostalgic evening, many thanks. M.H.W.
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, please keep up the good work. B.H. Sunderland
Thanks for an excellent evening and I hope it will be not too long before you return to Durham Photographic Society. J.A, Durham Photographic society
thank you for a most enjoyable & interesting evening. A.V.E, Belmont Townswomen’s Guild
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