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
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 www.ppp2010.co.uk 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.
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
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