Posts by venue: Books

Great North Museum: Hancock Library – Summer in the Library

Summer is the time for catching up with all those library jobs that didn’t get done during term time! This summer a lot of my time has been taken up with getting the Society of Antiquaries’ books and journals ready… Read more

Question : How much does it cost to burn a witch? Answer : £15 19s 2d

We know this because in the Archives are stored the Newcastle Chamberlains’ accounts for the years 1508 until 1835.   The entry we looked at read…”bill of charges for the wiches for 2 weekes ending the 23th (sic) of August 1650 and other… Read more

Great North Museum: Hancock Library – The journals of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

By Joan Williams (Library volunteer) Since I retired from my library job last summer, I have been doing voluntary work one day a week in the Library of the Great North Museum: Hancock. Over the last few months I have… Read more

Great North Museum: Hancock – New books in the Library

In previous library blogs the focus has been on the older books and archives in the collections. However, all three library collections have current material and are acquiring new books regularly. So in this blog I thought I’d take a… Read more

Youngest Criminal

The youngest of the criminals at Newcastle City Gaol between December 1871 – December 1873 was Ellen Woodman. Ellen was only 11 years of age when she was caught stealing iron along with Mary Catherine Docherty, Rosanna Watson and Mary Hinnigan. … Read more