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Gateshead Local Studies Online

You can access Local Studies collections and listings online using .

Further details about visiting the collection and how to access specific material is given below.

How to find us

Gateshead Local Studies Collection is situated at the Central Library.


Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN.

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9.00-7.00

Tuesday: 9.00-7.00

Wednesday: 9.00-5.00

Thursday: 9.00-7.00

Friday: 9.00 -7.00

Saturday: 9.00-1.00

e: t: 0191 433 8430/8422

Please see the Central Library Travel Guide for details of how to get to the Local Studies collection.

Accessing Local Studies

Local studies books, historic maps and microfilm are available to view without appointment. As we are fantastically busy however, you may wish to book ahead of your visit to ensure the material you wish to view will be available and waiting for you when you arrive.

You can book an appointment to view material a minimum of two working days before your visit. Please tel: 0191 433 8422 or email Please give details of the collections you wish to view when contacting us.

Family History

We have a range of resources to help you trace your ancestors. Please visit our Family History pages to find out more.

Searching the Local Studies Collection

Books and Pamphlets Catalogue

Search for local studies books and pamphlets using our library book catalogue.

We also hold a card subject catalogue of over a million entries indexing all parts of the collection in depth. Staff can carry out brief searches of the catalogue for you. Contact us for further information.

Other material

For other local studies material including newspapers, images, manuscripts, posters and sound recordings, partial listings are available through our Local Studies Catalogue.

Work is on-going to transfer paper listings of this material to the online catalogue. Further details of what can be searched online is given below ...

A. Newspapers

The Central Library holds long runs of many regional newspapers. All of our listings can now be viewed using the local studies catalogue. The catalogue will indicate if the newspaper is held on microfilm (available to view without appointment) or in a bound volume (appointment recommended - see above).

B. Maps and Plans

All of our map holdings are listed in the local studies catalogue. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 series are available to view without appointment at the Central Library. We recommend you Contact Us in advance to view other maps so we can ensure they are waiting for you when you arrive.

C. Posters and Leaflets

We hold a range of posters and leaflets relating to Gateshead from the 19th and 20th centuries. We also hold a selection of First World War propaganda posters.

Many posters are listed on the local studies catalogue and a selection are also available to view online.

Leaflets have not yet been added to our catalogue but are referenced through our paper catalogue of over a million card entries. If you are interested in viewing any of our poster or leaflet collection, please get in touch to make an appointment.

D. Sound and Film Recordings

We hold a small selection of sound and film recordings. These are gradually being added to the local studies catalogue . We recommend you Contact Us if you are interested in any of our recordings.

F. Manuscripts

Gateshead Libraries held its own archives and manuscript collection until 1974, but since this date most material, not all, has been transferred to Tyne and Wear Archives.

Items transferred include the Cotesworth and Ellison manuscripts, which are often incorrectly listed in local books as still housed at the Central Library.

We hold ledgers of original accessions, current stock and details of transfers. Please make an appointment if you would like to view any of our manuscript collection.

Newspaper cuttings & scrapbooks

Scrapbooks and cuttings books were the traditional way antiquarians and librarians collected together newspaper articles, letters, "scraps" and any other items of interest on a particular subject.

Key scrapbook collections include:

Newspaper cuttings books compiled by Gateshead Libraries

Over 120 books of newspaper cuttings on Gateshead snipped and pasted from local and national newspapers. The collection starts in 1883 and ceased to be maintained about 1985. It is well indexed in our general card index, so is a valuable tool in providing information on happenings in the area.

John Oxberry’s Scrapbooks

John Oxberry was Gateshead’s most influential antiquarian who left his substantial and unique collection to the library. It covers the period up to the mid 1930’s and includes 8 volumes of "Gateshead notes", two volumes of "Felling notes", three volumes of "Notes and Comments" and four volumes of "Gateshead Scraps".

Clarence Walton’s Scrapbooks

Clarence Walton was another highly regarded local historian who wrote articles for the Gateshead Post, Newcastle Evening Chronicle and others. He wrote from the 1930’s through to the 1960’s. Subjects Clarence Walton covered are indexed in our General card index.

Gateshead War Honours Scrapbook

Compiled from newspapers during and after the First World War, the scrapbooks consist of pictures and articles of Gateshead soldiers who were wounded, were killed or were missing. The volumes have been indexed and also appear on the Ancestry Library (part of



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Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8410

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