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Tyne and Wear Archives Service is working in partnership with identity on tyne to produce a new project, Eye on the Past for Black History Month October 2005.

As an annual event, Black History Month provides a fantastic platform to uncover unknown personal histories, raise awareness in creative ways and dispel urban myths prevalent in today's society.

Tyne and Wear Archives Service and identity on tyneare providing pilot Eye on the Past workshops for schools in the Tyne and Wear area during October 2005. These literacy-based workshops will serve to foster positive attitudes about the important contributions made by ethnically diverse communities in the North East.  They offer a unique opportunity to explore aspects of local history using fascinating archival material and the creative talents of the writers’ collective, identity on tyne.


  • Kelvin Grove Community Primary School and Roman Road Primary School, Gateshead
  • Temple Park Junior School, South Shields
  • Bexhill Primary School, Thorney Close Primary School and Boldon School, Sunderland
  • Monkhouse Primary School, North Tyneside


  • July 2005: Introducing archives - two workshops for writers at Tyne and Wear Archives
  • August 2005: Creative workshop for all writers led by Sheree Mack
  • September 2005: Visit to all participating schools
  • 4th October 2005: Black History Month launch with live performances by identity on tyne, 5:30 until 7pm Tyne and Wear Archives Service
  • October 2005: Eye on the Past workshops in participating schools
  • Winter 2006: Creation of an educational pack and launch of project on LEGACY website


Tyne and Wear Archives Service cares for the records of Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside. The service preserves documents from the 12th to the 21st century, representing one of the largest collections of local history in the country. And it is free for everyone to use! In August 2004, the service secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work directly with ethnically diverse communities in the region to celebrate and preserve the history of diversity in Tyne and Wear. The LEGACY project was launched in April 2005 to promote this work.

Look out for the new website in the New Year:

CONTACT Andrea Macdonald, Cultural Diversity Worker, 0191 232 6789/ 277 2243,

identity on tyne supports the development of new writing and live literature in the North East, with a spotlight on writers of colour. We aim to create a platform and audience for literature from diverse cultures. Founded in 2003, identity on tyne has made a significant impact in the field of literature development. Through twice yearly seasons of live literature events, creative writing workshops, seminars, discussions, reading groups, and one to one surgeries it aims to explore, develop and promote literature in all its forms.

CONTACT Sheree Mack, Project Co-ordinator, 07746 031 081,

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