Monday, 20th February, 2017

The First Libraries of South Shields, 1788-1855, by Heather Thomas
South Shields Local History Group are pleased to announce that one of their members, Heather Thomas, will be giving this month's talk, The First Libraries in South Shields, 1788 - 1855.  Heather has worked for over 40 years in Education and, since retiring, she has continued her research into the history of South Shields during the 18th and 19thcenturies.  She also shares her keen interest in genealogy by providing weekly sessions supporting people researching their family history at ‘The Word’.

The Lawe House Library and the Exchange Subscription Room in the old Town Hall were not only intended for lending books; they were also reading rooms, gentlemen’s clubs and coffee houses and, above all,  the power houses of  the town for almost 70 years.  Heather’s talk will provide a fascinating insight into the members of these exclusive clubs; their lives, origins, downfalls and sources of wealth as well as their shipping interests, philanthropic activities, social connections and family dynasties.

The talk will take place at the Local History Group's new venue, upstairs in Cleadon Park Library in Prince Edward Road on Monday, 20th February between 5.15 and 6.45pm.  As always, visitors are very welcome at a charge of £1.