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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Remembering Benwell

West Newcastle Picture History Collection is a volunteer-run community group who collect photographs of the west end of Newcastle. They have more than 19,000 images of the area in the past. As well as collecting and maintaining the collection, the group runs regular drop-in sessions at the West End Library and also takes the collection out into the community with slide shows and displays. 

They are running a project that involves developing new ways of reaching out into the community through reminiscence events, themed folders and displays, and extending the collection by the addition of old maps and documenting the current changes as the area is subject to a major regeneration programme. 

The images here illustrate the range of the collection, including archive photos of the area's past and the process of change currently underway.


Benwell Bridge Butcher