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Exhibition: Merchant Navy – Tyneside Stories

10 October 2023 - 30 April 2024

A volunteer lead exhibition which takes a broad look at the Merchant Navy during the 20th and 21st centuries and the very big part it played and still plays in the lives of people on both sides of the Tyne.

The exhibition materials cover everything from local shipping companies and repair yards, the world wars, the support and training offered to visiting seafarers of all nations, a boarding school for children who had lost a parent in the service, the Merchant Navy of today and the future, as well as stories from individuals and families.

£4 / free for members

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Warm Space Activities At The Old Low Light February 2024

Every Friday

The Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay is once again offering a ‘warm space’ on Fridays over the winter.

Free

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Spring floral bouquet stitching workshop

1 March 2024

We’re delighted to welcome back local artist, teacher and maker of hand-crafted items, Gaynor Devaney to the Old Low Light Heritage Centre for a stitching workshop.

This will take place on Friday 1 March from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Places, at £15pp (+small online booking fee) can be booked by clicking on the button above. The workshop is suitable for both new and experienced stitchers.

£15 per person + booking fee

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Exercise / Wellbeing

Mindfulness Session

2 March 2024

Mindfulness Drop-In Class lead by Michael Atkinson of the The Centre for Mindfulness and Wellbeing.

Donation (Suggest £3-£5).

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HERITAGE TALK: 200 YEARS OF RNLI – REFLECTIONS OF FORMER TYNEMOUTH COXSWAIN

9 March 2024

As the first of a series of events during 2024 to mark the bi-centenary of the RNLI, Martin Kenny, formerly coxswain at the Tynemouth lifeboat station for 16 years, will talk about the service and its history, nationally and locally as well as some of his own experiences for which his bravery was commended.

£4 / members half price

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Walk

Heritage Walk with Martin Kenny: Clifford’s Fort (For up to 10 people).

16 March 2024

Explore the history of Clifford’s Fort between 1536 and 2021, the Tyne Lifeboats, RNLI Lifeboats, Shipwrecks and Tyne Harbour

£4.00

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Heritage Talk: Rescue of the Rohilla

19 March 2024

As the second of a series of events during 2024 to mark the bi-centenary of the RNLI, Dorothy Brownlee will talk about the part played by the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat crew, including her grandfather and great uncle, in the dramatic rescue of 50 people from the hospital ship, Rohilla, off the coast of Whitby in 1914.

£4 per person / Members Free

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Exercise / Wellbeing

Mindfulness Session

6 April 2024

Mindfulness Drop-In Class lead by Michael Atkinson of the The Centre for Mindfulness and Wellbeing.

Donation (Suggest £3-£5).

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Heritage Talk: The life and achievements of Sir John William Salmond, a little-known son of North Shields

13 April 2024

We are very pleased to welcome George Aitchison, a new speaker to the Old Low Light, who will talk about the life and achievements of a former North Shields resident who made a major contribution to New Zealand’s legal system.

£4 / members half price

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Birds of the Tyne, including nesting kittiwakes

23 April 2024

It is a pleasure to welcome back keen ornithologist and Old Low Light volunteer Dan Turner, who will talk about birds of the Tyne river mouth, estuary and fish quay and also River Tyne nesting kittiwakes, including recent activity to install kittiwake ‘hotels’ on the Tyne Bridge.

Dan has spent a lifetime observing the River Tyne birds. His ornithological interest from an early age includes ongoing, annual surveys of the nesting Tyne kittiwakes since 1994.

£4 / members free

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Walk

Heritage Walk with Martin Kenny: Clifford’s Fort (For up to 10 people).

27 April 2024

Explore the history of Clifford’s Fort between 1536 and 2021, the Tyne Lifeboats, RNLI Lifeboats, Shipwrecks and Tyne Harbour

£4.00

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Exercise / Wellbeing

Mindfulness Session

4 May 2024

Mindfulness Drop-In Class lead by Michael Atkinson of the The Centre for Mindfulness and Wellbeing.

Donation (Suggest £3-£5).

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Making trays and platters with willow

10 May 2024

Expert willow weaver, Lorraine Griffiths, is returning to the Old Low Light Heritage Centre to demonstrate how to make ‘tension trays’ and ‘Catalan platters’. Materials and tools will be provided, and participants should be able to make both a tray and a platter each during the session. The session is suitable for both new and experienced willow weavers.

£30 pp + booking fee

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Classic car show and plant sale outside Fish Quay heritage centre

19 May 2024

Classic car enthusiasts, gardeners and people with an interest in local history should pay a visit to North Shields Fish Quay on Sunday 19 May 2024.

Free

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Exercise / Wellbeing

Mindfulness Session

8 June 2024

Mindfulness Drop-In Class lead by Michael Atkinson of the The Centre for Mindfulness and Wellbeing.

Donation (Suggest £3-£5).

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