Gateshead Libraries

Gateshead Libraries
Central Library, Prince Consort Road
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 4LN
England

Website

www.gatesheadlibraries.com

E-mail

enquiries@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone

Central Library Reception

0191 433 8420

Local Studies Library

0191 433 8430

Fax

0191 433 8424

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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There are 16 libraries in Gateshead, plus a Readers at Home Service and a Mobile Library. Whatever your reason for visiting – for information, learning or leisure – you will find our libraries accessible spaces with something of interest for everyone. We have…
Books
CDs and DVDs
Internet access
Information
Children’s activities
Events
Local and family history
Rooms for hire

Anyone can become a member of the library at any age and it is free to join. There is a small annual charge to use our computers.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am -7pm
Weds 9am -5pm
Sat 9am -1pm

Closed: Sundays; bank holidays

Admission charges

Free.

Our Local Studies section offers access to parish records, census returns, electors lists, newspapers, maps and a large collection of photographs about the Gateshead area. Our specialist staff are on hand to help.

Collection details

Archives, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gateshead Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour Viewing Day

  • 1 November 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

As part of Gateshead Council’s commemoration of the start of the First World War we are bringing out the Roll of Honour which commemorates each serviceman who died in the service of their country. These names are recorded in the Roll of Honour and this will be a rare opportunity to request to see a specific page in the book. A librarian will be on hand to open the case and find the page you require to see the entry that is meaningful to you.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

St Mary's Heritage Centre
St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate
Gateshead
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 2AU

Getting there

Directions:

You can reach St. Mary’s Heritage Centre...
BY BUS

Bus service: Q1 (bright yellow buses)
How often:
Approximately every 10 minutes (day) or 20 minutes (evening)
Departs from:
- Newcastle Central Station (taking about 10 minutes)
- Gateshead Interchange (taking about 4 minutes)
Stopping at:
The Sage Gateshead, adjacent to St Mary’s.

ON FOOT / CYCLE
From Newcastle Upon Tyne, cross the Swing Bridge and climb Cannon street, going underneath the Tyne Bridge. St Mary’s will be on your left at the top of the bank.
From Gateshead Town Centre, follow signs for the Sage Gateshead, passing the Old town Hall and going underneath the railway line on Oakwellgate. St Mary’s is directly opposite the Sage Gateshead.

BY CAR
Limited parking is available on site during normal opening hours (10am -4pm) and also for special events held outside of normal opening times.
Alternative car parking is available at Church Street or at the Sage Gateshead, about a 1 minute walk from the Heritage Centre.
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre can be accessed from the North by crossing the Tyne Bridge (A167) and turning left onto Church Street, or from the South by following directions to the ’Sage Gateshead’ and ’Visitor Centre’.

Admission

Free - Just turn up!

Website

http://www.localhistorygateshead.com

George Wood graphic

Who Was George Wood

  • 2 November — 11 December 2014

In 1914 out the very outbreak of war Private George Wood of Gateshead already serving as a volunteer joined up at the recruiting office and became a ‘sapper’ with the Royal Engineers. Within a year he had lost his life in France near Armentieres.

His name is remembered along with others on a commemoration stone placed in the grounds of St Mary’s Heritage Centre and like so many of the fallen very little is really known about their life and times. Using records and research the exhibition enables us to look at George Wood as ‘everyman’. He is an example of every mother’s son, a brother, and friend, a Gateshead Lad.

We used his story to create a learning tool for school pupils to help young people to research family, local and military history and to learn about Gateshead in 1914 and during the war years. The Exhibition will be accompanied by a display of War Posters from the unique collection that Gateshead Central Library have in the archive, some well-known and many that were peculiar to Gateshead.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 2AU

Getting there

Directions:

You can reach St. Mary’s Heritage Centre...
BY BUS

Bus service: Q1 (bright yellow buses)
How often:
Approximately every 10 minutes (day) or 20 minutes (evening)
Departs from:
- Newcastle Central Station (taking about 10 minutes)
- Gateshead Interchange (taking about 4 minutes)
Stopping at:
The Sage Gateshead, adjacent to St Mary’s.

ON FOOT / CYCLE
From Newcastle Upon Tyne, cross the Swing Bridge and climb Cannon street, going underneath the Tyne Bridge. St Mary’s will be on your left at the top of the bank.
From Gateshead Town Centre, follow signs for the Sage Gateshead, passing the Old town Hall and going underneath the railway line on Oakwellgate. St Mary’s is directly opposite the Sage Gateshead.

BY CAR
Limited parking is available on site during normal opening hours (10am -4pm) and also for special events held outside of normal opening times.
Alternative car parking is available at Church Street or at the Sage Gateshead, about a 1 minute walk from the Heritage Centre.
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre can be accessed from the North by crossing the Tyne Bridge (A167) and turning left onto Church Street, or from the South by following directions to the ’Sage Gateshead’ and ’Visitor Centre’.

Admission

FREE

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Writing & Researching the Great War

  • 10 November 2014 7-8:30pm

Author and historian Tim Lynch tells us about his research into Britain's teenage conscripts who helped to win the war, only to be forgotten by history.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 - book in advance.

Website

https://online.gateshead.gov.uk/EventTicketsOnline/pages/eventdetails.aspx?ky=2648

Gateshead War Poster

Testament

  • 11 November 2014 7-9:30pm

Vera Brittain was a VAD nurse during the First World War. Afterwards she wrote the book of this title detailing her life in this period with letters from her brother, friend and lover – all of whom were killed in battle. This is a very special concert for a very special day as we commemorate all those who were lost during the Great War. With the Low Fell Singers and members of the Little Theatre. £5 (no concessions)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

St Mary's Heritage Centre
St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate
Gateshead
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 2AU
England

Getting there

Directions:

You can reach St. Mary’s Heritage Centre...
BY BUS

Bus service: Q1 (bright yellow buses)
How often:
Approximately every 10 minutes (day) or 20 minutes (evening)
Departs from:
- Newcastle Central Station (taking about 10 minutes)
- Gateshead Interchange (taking about 4 minutes)
Stopping at:
The Sage Gateshead, adjacent to St Mary’s.

ON FOOT / CYCLE
From Newcastle Upon Tyne, cross the Swing Bridge and climb Cannon street, going underneath the Tyne Bridge. St Mary’s will be on your left at the top of the bank.
From Gateshead Town Centre, follow signs for the Sage Gateshead, passing the Old town Hall and going underneath the railway line on Oakwellgate. St Mary’s is directly opposite the Sage Gateshead.

BY CAR
Limited parking is available on site during normal opening hours (10am -4pm) and also for special events held outside of normal opening times.
Alternative car parking is available at Church Street or at the Sage Gateshead, about a 1 minute walk from the Heritage Centre.
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre can be accessed from the North by crossing the Tyne Bridge (A167) and turning left onto Church Street, or from the South by following directions to the ’Sage Gateshead’ and ’Visitor Centre’.

Admission

£5 - book in advance

Website

http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

Gateshead First World War Day

  • 15 November 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

With help from the Time Bandits, St Mary's Heritage Centre will be transformed in to a recruiting station for the day. Practice drills, experience some authentic First World War coffee and cakes and much more in this special FREE day for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

St Mary's Heritage Centre
St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate
Gateshead
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
Ne8 2AU

Getting there

Directions:

You can reach St. Mary’s Heritage Centre...
BY BUS

Bus service: Q1 (bright yellow buses)
How often:
Approximately every 10 minutes (day) or 20 minutes (evening)
Departs from:
- Newcastle Central Station (taking about 10 minutes)
- Gateshead Interchange (taking about 4 minutes)
Stopping at:
The Sage Gateshead, adjacent to St Mary’s.

ON FOOT / CYCLE
From Newcastle Upon Tyne, cross the Swing Bridge and climb Cannon street, going underneath the Tyne Bridge. St Mary’s will be on your left at the top of the bank.
From Gateshead Town Centre, follow signs for the Sage Gateshead, passing the Old town Hall and going underneath the railway line on Oakwellgate. St Mary’s is directly opposite the Sage Gateshead.

BY CAR
Limited parking is available on site during normal opening hours (10am -4pm) and also for special events held outside of normal opening times.
Alternative car parking is available at Church Street or at the Sage Gateshead, about a 1 minute walk from the Heritage Centre.
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre can be accessed from the North by crossing the Tyne Bridge (A167) and turning left onto Church Street, or from the South by following directions to the ’Sage Gateshead’ and ’Visitor Centre’.

Admission

FREE

Wartime Memories Dance Party

  • 27 November 2014 7:30-11pm

Your ticket includes a taster session with Lindy Jazz to give even the total beginner a chance to try your hand (or foot in this case) at 20s, 30s and 40s dances such as the Charleston and Lindy Hop. During the short break you can catch your breath and enjoy a Swing Dance demonstration before dancing the night away to authentic 20s-40s music from a live band, DJs and a pay bar. ‘Wartime Memories’ is part of St Mary’s activities commemorating the start of the First World War and what better way to do this than to be introduced to the fun and history of the wartime dances and music that were enjoyed by so many.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate
Gateshead
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 2AU
England

Getting there

Directions:

You can reach St. Mary’s Heritage Centre...
BY BUS

Bus service: Q1 (bright yellow buses)
How often:
Approximately every 10 minutes (day) or 20 minutes (evening)
Departs from:
- Newcastle Central Station (taking about 10 minutes)
- Gateshead Interchange (taking about 4 minutes)
Stopping at:
The Sage Gateshead, adjacent to St Mary’s.

ON FOOT / CYCLE
From Newcastle Upon Tyne, cross the Swing Bridge and climb Cannon street, going underneath the Tyne Bridge. St Mary’s will be on your left at the top of the bank.
From Gateshead Town Centre, follow signs for the Sage Gateshead, passing the Old town Hall and going underneath the railway line on Oakwellgate. St Mary’s is directly opposite the Sage Gateshead.

BY CAR
Limited parking is available on site during normal opening hours (10am -4pm) and also for special events held outside of normal opening times.
Alternative car parking is available at Church Street or at the Sage Gateshead, about a 1 minute walk from the Heritage Centre.
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre can be accessed from the North by crossing the Tyne Bridge (A167) and turning left onto Church Street, or from the South by following directions to the ’Sage Gateshead’ and ’Visitor Centre’.

Admission

£7 - Book in advance

Website

http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

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