Explore and celebrate the rich and fascinating history of the West End of Newcastle. 


Search works alongside the St James’ Centre for Heritage and Culture to promote a monthly programme of talks as well as other events and activities. They also produce a range of publications and resources and an events programme that are available online, from Search’s office or St James’ Church. 

Monthly talks are on 3rd Monday of the month 1pm at the West End Library on Condercum Road, Benwell.

Winter/Spring 2017 Local History Monday Programme

Caring not curing:
Holy Jesus Hospital
Monday 16 January 1pm, West End Library Illustrated talk by Olive Taylor about the history of the Holy Jesus Hospital in City Road.
Hidden Chains:
Newcastle and the slavery business
Monday 20 February 1pm, West End Library Illustrated talk by John Charlton about Newcastle’s connections with the business of slavery.
Elswick through the years
Monday 20 March 1pm, 
West End Library Exhibition of maps and photographs showing the development of Elswick over the centuries, with an introductory talk by West Newcastle Picture History Collection.
EVERYONE WELCOME                                              
Heritage trails are now available to download here.

Benwell churches heritage Trail

Condercum Heritage Trail

Elswick heritage trail

Full programme for St James is available from Search office or from their website.