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Monday, 16 February 2015

Mapping Tyneside Radicalism

Joseph Hardwick

The members of Northumbria University's Histories of Activism group are currently putting together a website that maps moments of radical activity that have occurred on Tyneside since the seventeenth century. The project was inspired by our belief that Tyneside’s rich and diverse radical history is only fitfully commemorated in the urban fabric of Newcastle and Gateshead. Mapping Tyneside Radicalism is designed to create a space where academics, researchers and local communities can work together to build a permanent memorial to the region’s tradition of radicalism and activism. This interactive website has gathered an archive of historic activism, and it allows users to map this archive on to the modern Tyneside landscape. Every event comes with a short commentary and links to further readings, and so this resource will be of considerable use to students, schoolchildren, researchers and members of the public. The website is currently being developed by the Community IT Academy and will go live in May 2015.

We are looking for members of the public to help us to develop our understanding of Tyneside radicalism. If you have an event that you think should be commemorated on this website, then please get in touch with the project coordinator, Dr Joe Hardwick, at joseph.hardwick@northumbria.ac.uk.

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