The Project

The project came to an end on Wednesday 13th March with a large celebratory event of 100 people in the Bewick Room at the Central Library, Newcastle. Large numbers of volunteers have been active in archives and libraries throughout the region and in communities through the oral history strand of the project.

The project story

Mapping Popular Politics

Much has been achieved in terms of adding to our knowledge of popular political activities from the Seventeeth Century to the present. Some of the story is told in a project book by John Charlton, the Project’s leader. Limited numbers will be available in hard copy at Libraries and Archives and it will eventually appear in electronic form on this web-site.


Most of it is accessible through a new database designed for the project. This is currently at but it is intended to transfer it to this website. The database is unusual in the variety of material it contains including introductory articles to themes and places, guides to using archives and transcriptions of oral history interviews.


Archive Tool Kit Oral History Tool Kit

Another important legacy of the project are the Toolkits for researchers. They are available to download as pdfs: the Archive Toolkit and the Oral History Toolkit.

Donate your material

One of the aims of this project was to find relevant material in private hands and encourage its owners to donate it to the appropriate archive. This was only modestly achieved but we are very keen to continue with this work.

A new project

Follow the discussion of the Project on our Forum page - or read all past posts about the Project on their own page.

Supporting Organisations

Durham County Record Office, North Riding of Yorks Archives, Northumberland Collections (Berwick & Woodhorn), Teesside Archives, Tyne & Wear Archives.
Darlington Borough Library, Durham Clayport Library, Hartlepool Central Library, invited, Middlesbrough Central Library (Local Studies), Newcastle Central Library (Local Studies), North Tyneside Central Library (Local Studies, invited) South Shields Central Library (Local Studies), Sunderland Central Library (Local Studies).
Durham University Special Collections, Robinson Library Special Collections Newcastle University, Sunderland University Library and Teesside University Library.

Supported by the north east area committees of the Co-operative Movement and by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Supported by the north east area committees of the Co-operative Movement and by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

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Journal 37

Elsewhere on this site, an index of articles appearing in past issues of NEH.