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Imagine North East Exhibition Launch, Saturday 27 June 2015

It was the Imagine North East Exhibition Launch on Saturday 27 June 2015. Held at St James’ Church, Benwell the event was attended by about 80 people and more than half were local residents or from community organisations. There were also former Benwell and North Shields Community Development Project workers; local councillors, a local MP, and local authority workers. The exhibition showcased a range of work undertaken by 12 community organisations from Benwell and North Shields and researchers from Durham University. The opening speeches were at 11.00am. Professor Sarah Banks (Durham University) welcomed everyone and introduced the Imagine North East project. She was followed by Lord Jeremy Beecham (Councillor for Benwell and Scotswood); Margaret Reynolds (Councillor for Chirton, North Shields); Ian Harford (former Director of Benwell Community Development Project); Penny Remfry (former North Shields Community Development Project worker) and Professor Alan Townsend  (Imagine North East statistics). Finally, Sarah spoke again for a few minutes to introduce the Imagine North East Durham University team members (Andrea Armstrong, Fred Robinson and Vincent Chu) and to launch two booklets on Benwell and North Shields – hot off the press and available for the first time.

The speeches were followed by an excellent lunch. Steve Pool from of the wider Imagine project was there to take photos and film.

After lunch, as well as looking at the exhibits there were plenty of opportunities to take part in numerous activities:

  • A slide show of old West End photos with the West Newcastle Picture History Collection
  • Meeting the Cornerstone Knitting and Crafts group
  • Adding your Imagine photo to the Patchwork digital selfie wall
  • Touring the historic graveyard at St James’ Church with Olive, a Newcastle City guide
  • Taking part in Durham University Vox Pop to share thoughts on the exhibition and changes over time in Benwell and N Shields
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Former Benwell CDP workers meeting up at the exhibition –  Ian Harford, David Gray, Judith Green, Sue Pearson and Moira Gray (David’s partner)

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Durham University Imagine North East Research exhibit

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Benwell and North Shields booklets – hot off the press!

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Professor Sarah Banks opening the exhibition

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Lord Jeremy Beecham giving his opening speech

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Councillor Margaret Reynolds giving her opening speech

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Ian Harford, former Director of Benwell CDP giving his opening speech

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Penny Remfry, former North Shields CDP worker giving her opening speech

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Vincent Chu and the Knitting group

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Imagining community at Cedarwood by Cedarwood Trust, North Shields

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Time Traveller project by Pendower Good Neighbour Project

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A Journey through Time by Phoenix Detached Youth Project in North Shields

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Hopes and Fears by Patchwork Youth Project, Benwell

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Benwell in Felt by St James’ Centre for Heritage and Culture

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Playing with Change and Ideas by Riverside Community Health Project, Benwell

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Meadow Well Timeline by Meadow Well Connected, North Shields

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Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future exhibit

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Photos by Ken Grint of North Shields life and work during the 1970s

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The Community Development Projects revisited – photos, CDP reports and handling books

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West Newcastle Picture History Collection exhibit

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Growing Old in West Newcastle by Search, Benwell

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Photos by Derek Smith of Benwell in the 1970s

The Imagine North East exhibition showcased community projects by Patchwork Youth Project, Search, Riverside Community Health Project, West Newcastle Picture History Collection, Pendower Good Neighbour Project, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, St James’ Heritage and Environment and St James’ Heritage and Culture, Phoenix Detached Youth Project, Cedarwood Trust, Meadow Well Connected and Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future. We thank them all. Here are a few photos taken by Andrea and Vincent. Benwell CDP photoImagine NE Exhibitin 27 June 2015 004 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 002 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 007 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 008 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 009 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 010 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 012 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 013 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 017 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 019 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 023 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 032

 

 

 

 

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Getting in the spirit!

On the 5th June 2015, a group from Patchwork Youth Project in Benwell visited the exhibition of Imagine North East North Shields projects at the Old Low Lights Heritage Centre on the Fish Quay. They cycled there and Judith Green (Imagine North East community coordinator) met them and it looks like they had an enjoyable time – really getting into the spirit!Patchwork visiting Old Low Lights Exhibition, 5 June 2015 Patchwork visiting Old Low Lights Exhibition2, 5 June 2015