War on the Banks of the Tyne

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The Book

War on the Banks of the Tyne

The story of the people, places and events in the the South Tyne Valley during World War 11

The South Tyne Valley lies west of the great city of Newcastle and the strategically important areas around the mouth of the Tyne. It was considered a safe place, far from the bombs and hidden in the countryside - an ideal place for hundreds of evacuees, a POW camp, a vital iron foundry and a factory that kept the RAF flying.

The War on the Banks of the Tyne project aims to record and preserve the memories, documents and photographs of that time and make them accessible to all who are interested.


Browse the digital records held in our online archive

From adverts for fire retardant paint to the size of ARP warden’s heads, the documents in our archive recall in detail the everyday reality of life in rural wartime Britain which, together with audio clips of memories from the past, paint a picture of  rural life interrupted by world events.

The project archive holds digital records and in some cases transcripts of documents, letters and memoirs including some from the famous Featherstone Park POW Camp 18 - the camp of reconciliation which became known as the University on the Tyne.

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The Story

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In 1939 Britain was plunged into war.

Many people from Haltwhistle and the surrounding villages and farms remember how their lives changed and recall both ordinary and extraordinary experiences from that time.

War on the Banks of the Tyne - the book - recounts some of these memories set against the momentous events faced by the nation.