A new project has been launched in Shildon to help and encourage residents of Shildon to explore and celebrate the town’s local heritage.

Although the project is open to everyone, we especially want to encourage children and young people (5-13years) to work with older people (50+) in the town to explore Shildon’s history from the 1850’s to modern day using old maps, photographs and memorabilia. Brenda ‘Bren’ Alexander, the project development worker is already working with St John’s primary School, Sunnydale Community College and some older residents to find out about toys and games people used to play and learn about the town’s mining history.

Photographs, old maps and information will be shared with the community through regular community events and drop-ins, talks to local groups, regular displays in Shildon Library and Locomotion and the Shildon Town Council website. A display case called the ‘Shildon Memories Case’ is now installed near the gift shop in the Locomotion Collections Building. We hope to display all sorts of heritage memorabilia loaned by local people of all ages.

A writer called Jeremy Warr was chosen by local residents to help both young and older people record memories and stories from Shildon’s past. Everyone who takes part in the project’s activities can call themselves a ‘Shildon Time Detective’.

The project will run until March 2010 and new information about Shildon’s history will be archived for the future by the Shildon Local History Recall Society, Durham County Record Office, Locomotion, Library service and local schools.

For more information about the project, please contact Brenda Alexander at Age Concern Durham County on 0191 3740934 or call into Locomotion or Shildon Library.

Press Release Jan 2009

Press Release March 2009

Press Release July 2009

Shildon Memories Sept 09 Update

Project Flyer

Project leaflet which oulines the project, how people can get involved and lists drop-in sessions and organised school sessions.

Shildon Memories Project Update

Do you know anything about the Shildon Motor Club or any of the names engraved on the plaques on the trophies?  Did you race with the Shildon Motor Club? Or did you win one of the trophies?

Mystery Object - Shildon Motor Club Trophies

Mystery object - Decorated cup inscribed with "A present from New Shildon"

This lovely cup was rescued from a car boot sale.  Have you seen cups like this before? Why would somebody give a present like this one from New Shildon? Where were they made and by whom?

Mystery Object - Main Street photos

1878 photo

1907 photo

There are two pictures of the same view of Main Street, the first taken in 1878 and the second from a postcard in 1907.  As you can see the bank was not yet built in 1878 and St. John's Church tower has been expanded, with a wider tower and third window added by 1907.  Can anyone tell us when the Church Tower was expanded? What was the story surrounding this alteration?

If anyone can help with any of these mysteries, or for more information about the project, please contact Brenda Alexander at Age Concern Durham County on 0191 3740930 or email brenda.alexander@ageconcern-durham.org.uk or call into Locomotion or Shildon Library.


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