Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Classic Images of Old Gateshead Are on Sale at a Superb New Exhibition

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Classic Images of Old Gateshead Are on Sale at a Superb New Exhibition

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'A HISTORY in Pictures' is a display of 12 of the most iconic images from Gateshead Libraries' superb collection.

For the first time, people will have an opportunity to buy a limited number of prints from a St Mary's Heritage Centre exhibition.

Gateshead Local Image Collection provides a unique photographic record of Gateshead.

It captures people, streets and buildings from a period stretching well over 100 years.

There are over 20,000 images in the collection on prints, slides and very early glass plates.

The photographs have come from all sorts of places and the library service has been collecting them for over 100 years.

They have been donated to the library by collectors, photographers, families, organisations and businesses.

The images that have been chosen for the exhibition were taken for all sorts of reasons.

As early as the 1880s Gateshead had amateur photographers - like bookseller Edwin Dodds - who took the finest image of Gateshead Quayside in the collection, showing Pipewellgate under the High Level Bridge.

The print is taken from a glass plate negative and is of astounding quality, even for today.

Another image which has come from a surviving glass plate is of fishermen at Ryton willows.

The men are net fishing for salmon and the image was saved by a man called William Afred Cocks who lived in Ryton and not only took his own photographs, but salvaged earlier ones from the late-1800s.

Other images in the collection were taken for more practical purposes.

Two key things happened in Gateshead in the first half of the 20th century. They were the building of the current Tyne Bridge and a huge programme of housing clearance, known as the slum clearances.

Both of these things resulted in the demolition of many of the oldest streets and areas in Gateshead. …

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