There are many books of interest in our special collections, some of which have been included on the website. However, Newcastle Local Studies and Family History Centre houses a wealth of material which may not be rare in the sense of monetary value, but whose content is extremely interesting. How many people would know how to make a ‘Ragout with Cocks’ Combs’? The answer is in ‘The Complete Housekeeper and Professed Cook’ by Mary Smith, published in 1772.
Also, what was the punishment for 'bad conduct in the dining hall' at the Royal Victoria School for the Blind in 1925 – three stripes of the cane!
Established in 1884 we have the largest collection of local and family history material in the North East. There is a wide range of resources including illustrations, maps, newspapers, audio material and printed books dating from the first books printed in Newcastle in the 1640s to current material.
We have only been able to digitise a small selection of stock for the website but we hope that it will give you an idea of the wealth and breadth of information which we hold in trust for future generations.