MONDAY 11 December 2017

    Wallsend LHS at ST. LUKE'S CHURCH at 7:00pm.

    Geoff Hughes - Xmas celebrations around the world plus Xmas festivities


    Friends of Segedunum Lectures at Segedunum

    Saturday 28 January 2017
    John Sadler - Military Historian - "War beneath the Front, North East Miners in the tunnelling companies 1914-18"

    Saturday 4 March 2017 
    Graham Stobbs - Archaeologist & Hadrian's Wall Guide - "Corstopitum Roman Town"

    Saturday 22 April 2017 - AGM

    Saturday 27 May 2017
    Dr Dan Jackson - Local Historian and Author - "Geordie Shaw:  The landscape & architecture of industrial Tyneside and the Northumbria Riviera"

    Sunday 2 July 2017
    Friends Summer Outing:  Hadrian's Cavalry at Carlisle and Tullie House Museum

    Saturday 5 August 2017
    Friends Picnic at Segedunum - special guests - Hadrian's Cavalry (three cavalry and groom)

    Saturday 30 September 2017

    Freda Thompson - Newcastle Guide - "The Swinging Sixties"

    Saturday 11 November 2017

    Bill Griffiths - Head of Programmes - Tyne and Wear Museums (TWAM) -  "Hadrian's Cavalry - review of the year's events"

    Saturday 16 December 2017 - PLEASE NOTE this event will now be held at Wallsend Customer First Centre (library) due to museum being closed.
    Professor John Derry - local favourite Historian - "Queen Victoria" followed by Christmas lunch

    All meetings start at 11 am with coffee, etc., available from 1030 am.  Free to Friends, visitors always welcome - £2 - refunded if you join the Friends on the day.  


    Lucy Winskill, OBE DL, gave an excellent talk to Wallsend Local History Society on 8 February 2016 on the role of the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.

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    The committee members of Wallsend
    Local History Society were invited to a private viewing  at the
     Amber Cinema, based at the Side in Newcastle to view some of the archive
    films and still photos they have at their gallery.

    They were shown a 10 minute film titled
    'THE LAUNCH',   of the World Unicorn supertanker.  The film was about Swan Hunters shipyard and
    the men and women of different trades building the ship. Afterwards there
    followed a discussion about the film, and Amber explained that they are in the
    process of digitalising all their stock, which will, of course, take some

    Amber were invited to give a presentation to the Wallsend Local History
    Society on 10 February 2014. Although they have film archive, they would like
    to find out from local people more about the type of trades and skills that
    were required by the workforce to build a supertanker. 



    After many sterling (literally) years as Treasurer for the
    Wallsend Local History Society, Bill Baxter has retired and handed the
    responsibility of this important position to fellow committee member, Liz

    At the AGM held on 14 January 2013, Bill was presented with a bottle of his favourite
    tipple, Scotch whisky, by Chairman, Edmund Hall.

    The society and members wish Bill a happy retirement, and
    thank him for all his efforts in looking after our cash.  Well done Bill.

    Exhibition at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
    Until 9th. March 2013

    The intruiging story of  Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

    Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon) (1701-1773)
    by William Hoare

    This portrait, painted by William Hoare, lives at the national potrait gallery in london.
    This is the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave and the first to honour an African subject as an individual and an equal.

    The National Portrait Gallery has sent out the first known British oil portrait of a Black African Muslim and freed slave  on a British tour. 

    The 1733 oil portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, by William Hoare of Bath, is on loan from the Orientalist Museum, Dohar, Qatar since January 2011. 

    It began its tour with an opening at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool on June 29 before heading to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery and New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. 

    Diallo’s story is one of the more intriguing escapades from the dark history of the international slave trade. Born into a devout aristocratic Muslim family in 1711 in Senegal West Africa, he was captured by Mandingo warriors whilst on a trading mission and sold into slavery. Ironically, Diallo’s business concerns included the trade in slaves. 

    Transported to America, he was sold to a plantation owner, escaped, was re-captured and then discovered in gaol by an enlightened American lawyer who helped secure his passage to Britain. 

    In London, on account of his education, bearing and aristocratic connections, he became a celebrated member of high society and an invaluable translator of Arabic texts. 

    Painted by the artist William Hoare of Bath in 1733, Diallo chose to be depicted in his traditional clothing, with a Quran written in his own hand tied around his neck. 

    In 1734 he returned to his homeland, where he died in 1773. Diallo's memoirs were one of the earliest slave narratives and offered some valuable insights into the transatlantic slave trade. 

    The portrait, which had initially been thought to be lost, resurfaced some years ago and was purchased by the Qatar Museums Authority who loaned it to the National Portrait Gallery for a period of five years.

    Each venue will use the portrait in a different way, exploring issues of faith and identity and the experience of those affected by the transatlantic slave trade.