On Monday, August 21st South Shields Local History Group is welcoming David Kidd to give his talk ‘A strange kind of patronage - the myth of the invention of the lifeboat’.
David grew up in South Shields and, after graduating from Leicester University with a degree in Economic History, he became a bank manager before leaving the bank to become a maths teacher, eventually spending eight years in Ethiopia and Eritrea training teachers, until he retired.
David first heard the story of Wouldhave and Greathead from his ‘Granda’ who worked for the TIC at Howdon. Last year he researched the topic for an exhibition at the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle. Rather than revisiting the old controversy over whether Greathead or Wouldhave invented the lifeboat, David will consider the need for the rapidly growing town of South Shields to create an identity for itself as a new Municipal and later County Borough. He will also tell us about William Hails and Henry Taylor and why they are important?
To find out more, visitors are very welcome to join us, with a charge of £1. The meeting runs from 5.15 – 6.45pm in Room A, upstairs in Cleadon Park Library in Prince Edward Road.