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JOIN US AND SEE YOUR FAMILY TREE GROW

seahamfamilyhistorygroup@yahoo.co.uk

NEWS UPDATE


NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER 



Please don’t forget, SFHG is still here for you if you need any help with your research. Many of the groups resources are available on hard drive so easily accessed for you.



LIBRARY


Seaham Library is open for the return of library books. Your books are to be deposited in a box inside the door and they are then quarantined. If you need to borrow books you can chose your book’s online then collect them 72 hours later, browsing the shelves is not allowed. Apart from this service the library remains closed.



GOLF CLUB


Sorry to say, that as expected, there will be no Christmas lunch as the golf club this year. 




THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR


Group member Alan Charlton has produced a fascinatingly detailed account of the story of the Unknown Warrior.  Of the journey from Ypres to Boulogne then Westminster Abbey, of the people involved and at each stage he has included a wealth of illustrations.   



Visit our website to read this    Archive 1858 -  

       

You will also be able to download the Seaham Weekly News of Nov. 19 1919 to see how the event was covered at the time.





HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS COUSIN CHART FROM FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

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Artwork honours mining heritage



This striking artwork in rich reds and gold painted on the side of the Volunteer Arms in Seaham is reminiscent of the traditional miners banner.


It is the collaborative work of renowned street artist Cosmo Sarson and the artist Jamie Holman

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Remembrance Sunday 2018

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Some memories of Remembrance Sunday 2018.  

Photos - Centre above by Stephen Clark.

Others by Linda Baker.

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Model of a Colliers kitchen c. 1917

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The detail in this model of a Colliers kitchen c. 1917 reflects accurately what living conditions were like for miners families in Seaham and other pit towns and villages. 

As many members have mining ancestry it provided an interesting and nostalgic talking point. 


Our thanks go to owner Joe Wilkinson of Durham.





Kate Annie Clark  born 1896 Seaham Harbour  -   Can you help?

As you can see from the article below Kate was a very interesting yet mysterious woman.  

If you are able to add anything to her story please let us know. 

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UNVEILING SEAHAM ARTILLERY MEMORIAL SAT. AUG 12. 2017

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Pictured above are Derek Bland (r) and Grahame Morris MP unveiling the memorial plaque

NOSTALGIC VIEWS OF THE NORTH

  

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A unique collection of photographs

Members may be interested in this online photographic archive featuring the Ward Philipson Photographic Collection. 

Managed by John Moreels of Durham City, via the Photo Memories Organisation, the collection was discovered in a loft in the centre of Newcastle in 1996. Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund the Photo Memories Organisation is continuing with the restoring, digitising and researching of the collection. 
The HLF grant will support volunteers until 2016 with the aim of sharing the collection with the community via talks. website and books. 

The images focus on the history of the north east and provide local groups and communities with opportunities to learn about their heritage and culture through the archive images. 


Why not visit the photo memories website to view the images ?




                                       photo memories website

  

NEWSLINE

Seaham Heritage Association have designated a number of sites of historic heritage within Seaham and have now completed installing blue plaques and compiling a tourist map/walk instructions to guide visitors on the many heritage sites Seaham has to offer.

The project

  • identified suitable buildings and obtained the owners consent;
  • obtained planning approval by Durham County Council's Planning and Conservations Officers;
  • installed the blue plaques at the identified locations.

Along with the web view, Seaham Heritage Association are working with Durham County Council Economic Development Team and Durham County Council Design Team to put up an interpretive lectern to house the map at the Clock Site on the corner of North Railway Street and North Terrace. Fred Cooper, Chairman of Seaham Heritage Association has attributed the success of this project as an excellent example of collaborative community partnership between local voluntary groups and Durham County Council and Seaham Town Council.


Seaham Heritage Association establish the Blue Plaques Walk Scheme

Download the Blue Plaques Guide

Seaham Mayor's Charity Fund donation to SFHG 2015

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At the begining of May 2015 the Seaham Mayor hosted an evening where the recipients of his Charity Fund were announced.  

We are delighted that SFHG were chosen to receive a donation of £350 from the Charity Fund. 

SFHG and the Seaham Branch of the British Legion combined to put on a display in the Byron Centre which showed aspects of Seaham during the two world wars. Included was the Book of Remembrance which listed the 648 WW1 casualties who were born or lived in Seaham.  Over the open period the exhibition was visited by many people both from the town itself and further afield. SFHG Secretary and Treasurer, Linda and Bill Baker are shown at the exhibition which also was manned during the period by group members generously giving up their time.

Remembrance Events 2015

SFHG and the Seaham Branch of the British Legion combined to put on a display in the Byron Centre which showed aspects of Seaham during the two world wars. Included was the Book of Remembrance which listed the 648 WW1 casualties who were born or lived in Seaham.  Over the open period the exhibition was visited by many people both from the town itself and further afield. SFHG Secretary and Treasurer, Linda and Bill Baker are shown at the exhibition which also was manned during the period by group members generously giving up their time.

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As part of the Durham Coastal Heritage Week programme in June 2016, SFHG member Fred Cooper led a guided tour around part of the Blue Plaque trail.


Fred established the Seaham Blue Plaque Trail and had a wealth of information to pass on to those participating in the walk.