Westenders

Last week, John Harris from The Guardian visited Newcastle to discuss the impact of the cuts with local people. The video is well worth a watch for anyone with an interest in what is happening in the city – and the region more generally – and some of the interviews with residents take place in Scotswood, in the West End of the city.

Coincidentally, last Saturday I visited the Discovery Museum in Newcastle and stumbled upon an exhibition called West End Stories which chronicles the fortunes of this part of the city over the last 100 years or so. My eye was caught by a number of reports from the Benwell Community Development Project which operated in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Photographs of/from some of the reports are below

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And the thought I was left with, like Edmund Burke, is that if we don’t know history, we’ll be destined to repeat it.

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