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If you have a tablet or smart­phone, try the Tyne & Wear Ar­chives & Mu­se­ums’ Hid­den New­cas­tle app ( www.hid­den­new­cas­tle.org). The theme is ‘strange, ex­tra­or­di­nary, forgotten’.

At its heart is a GPS-en­abled Story Map, through which you can dis­cover the of­ten macabre sto­ries in their orig­i­nal lo­ca­tions across the city cen­tre – re­ceiv­ing push alerts as you wan­der past a site of in­ter­est. In that sense, it works best for vis­i­tors to the city, but it’s a fun and fas­ci­nat­ing browse wher­ever you are.

This is one of sev­eral dig­i­tal streams through which the Ar­chive and Mu­seum ser­vice is high­light­ing col­lec­tions. There are blog pages (twmu­se­ums.org.uk/en­gage/blog), a Twit­ter feed (@TWArchives), and his­toric pho­tos on Flickr (flickr.com/pho­tos/twm_news/sets). The most use­ful pages from a re­search per­spec­tive are the user guides and on­line cat­a­logue (twmu­se­ums.org.uk/tyne-and-wear-ar­chives/cat­a­logue-amp-user-guides.html).

The Palace Green Li­brary of Durham Uni­ver­sity houses ar­chives re­lat­ing to County Durham, in­clud­ing now digitised col­lec­tions of tithes and pro­bate ma­te­rial. You can ex­plore the North East In­her­i­tance Data­base, for ex­am­ple, through fam­i­lyrecords.dur.ac.uk/nei/data/intro.php, and en­tries are now hy­per­linked to on­line images on Fam­il­y­Search.org.

North East War Memo­ri­als ( newmp.org.uk) aims to record ev­ery War Me­mo­rial lo­cated be­tween the River Tweed and River Tees. There’s also the Arm­strong WW1 Me­mo­rial Dig­i­tal Mem­ory Book ( me­mo­rial.ncl.ac.uk), where you can learn about 223 in­di­vid­u­als as­so­ci­ated with the uni­ver­sity who lost their lives dur­ing the Great War.

Find­my­past has var­i­ous BMD datasets for the area and keep an eye on the web­site for news of Tyne & Wear schools ad­mis­sion reg­is­ters ap­pear­ing ( find­my­past.co.uk/school-reg­is­ters).

Other sites in­clude Genuki’s Durham and Northum­ber­land pages (join­er­mar­riagein­dex.co.uk/pjoiner/genuki/DUR and genuki.bpears.org.uk/NBL) and the Fam­il­y­Search parish-by-parish guides (e.g. fam­il­y­search.org/learn/wiki/en/Northum­ber­land_Par­ishes).

The North East In­her­i­tance Data­base web­site

The Tyne & Wear Ar­chives & Mu­se­ums cat­a­logue

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