Yorkshire Exhibition; Mr Turner and Mr Girtin

If you find yourself in West Yorkshire before 05 July 2015, I recommend a visit to the Harewood House exhibition, ‘Mr Turner and Mr Girtin; The Early Years’. Two of Britain’s most fantastic watercolourists exhibited side by side is a treat not to be missed, especially in the setting of such a beautiful estate.

Oh, and please say hello to my dad who is a trained exhibition guide there.

Proud daughter!

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Tynemouth Second hand and Antiquarian Book Fair; 26th April 2015

The first Tynemouth Book Fair of 2015 takes place on Sunday 26th April. Arrive early to find the best bargains and browse a huge range of books from the booksellers of Yorkshire, the North East and beyond.  

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Hexham Book Festival 2015

Don’t forget that the tenth excellent Hexham Book Festival will soon be upon us from 20th April until the 04th May.

If you haven’t had a look through the programme yet, I recommend doing so soon in order to secure any tickets before they’re sold out. I’ve unfortunately missed the chance to see Andrew Graham-Dixon discussing Caravaggio, but other highlights for me are Irving Finkel from the British Museum who focusses on artefacts relating to Noah’s Ark,  (if only even to marvel at that wonderful beard) and  David Starkey who will be examining the continued appreciation of the Magna Carta. The gardeners amongst you may love ‘Remarkable Plants That Shaped Our World’, based around plants at Kew Gardens.



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Revealing Lost Content

I am frequently asked whether faded text on documents can be enhanced. Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done to reverse the damage, however, a website has recently come to my attention which may be of use. retroReveal is a service offered by the University of Utah, where images uploaded onto its website can be processed in several ways in order to enhance text. Beware though, you will need a certain amount of technology savviness in order to use it.

An alternative method is to take a digital photograph of your text and manipulate the contrast in one of the many photography software packages available.

Good luck!


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‘A broad field: antiquarianism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century’ – Public lecture, Wed 30th Oct.

There is an interesting (free) public lecture this Wednesday, for those of you in the local area with an interest in Antiquarianism. Details are given below:

Wednesday 30 October, at 6.00pm in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building (note: later start time)
Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Lecture
A broad field: antiquarianism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century – Dr David Clarke, former Keeper of Archaeology at the National Museums of Scotland
In the bicentenary year of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne – the oldest provincial antiquarian society in Britain – this lecture looks at the founding of the Society and at how its interests, attitudes and approaches changed over the centuries.
(free admission, no pre-booking required)
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Maternity Leave Begins…!

Please note that the studio is now closed and I will be on maternity leave until approximately late 2014.

These are such exciting times ahead, not only because of our impending arrival but I am also looking forward to a new studio when the business re-starts, hopefully towards the end of 2014. The location is likely to be close by my first studio as it was such a convenient location for clients and myself, in the heart of Newcastle.

Details of the new location and re-start date will be posted next year on this website as well as blogs and newsletters whenever possible, so please keep checking back.

In the meantime, thank you to all my clients who have been so enthusiastic and excited at the news of our baby. I look forward to seeing you all again next year and as many of you have requested, I will let you know when baby puts in an appearance!

Thank you.

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Northumberland History Fair; 27th October, Woodhorn Colliery

This years’ Northumberland History Fair will take place at Woodhorn Colliery on 27th October, 11-4pm. The event will explore local history and be attended by some of the organisations who help to preserve it.

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Family History Fair; Saturday 07th September, Newcastle

This years’ Family History Fair will be in Newcastle again on Saturday 07th September, 10-4pm at the Central Premier Inn, (see the above link for directions).

If you are from the region and are interested in or are already engaged in researching your family history, this is a great opportunity for just a £3 entry fee to meet the experts all in one place. I went last year and found it useful, (although only because I discovered that my so-far fruitless search for many family records was because they no longer exist)!

I hope you have better luck than me!

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Birmingham’s New Library

Wow, Birmingham’s new city library is pretty impressive; http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/aug/29/birmingham-library-francine-houben-pictures#/?picture=416013925&index=0

Whether you like the architecture or not, it’s great to see a new library being opened despite the economic struggles and more to the point, it must surely be in response to demand.

Personally, I think I really like it although I’d like to judge it in real life one day. To me, the interior nods towards both the British Library, London and the Black Diamond Royal Library, Copenhagen, while the outside reminds of me of beautiful Islamic mosaics.

If you get to visit it, please email and let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear or take a look at the link below from someone who has given some detailed and interesting observations on the library after a sneak preview visit, (yes, I’m  jealous)!

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Heritage Open Day; reminder to book your favourites

The next Heritage Open Days event is scheduled for 12th-15th September 2013. For the full list of some great free heritage days out and events including access to buildings not normally open to the public, go to: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/laa/Newcastle%20upon%20Tyne

Many events fill up fast so as booking has now been open from 01st August, don’t forget to choose your events and book them asap.


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