DURHAM AND TYNESIDE DIALECT GROUP
The Durham & Tyneside Dialect Group was formed in 1998 AD to promote the awareness of dialect English as spoken now and formerly in the North East. It grew out of research into local speech and literature carried out in the mid 90s, involving Bill Griffiths, Gordon Patrickson and Trevor Charlton of Seaham, leading to two initial publications, North East Dialect: Survey and Word List and North East Dialect: The Texts (Centre for Northern Studies, University of Northumbria, 1999).
THE NORTHUMBERLAND LANGUAGE SOCIETY
The Northumbrian Language Society, founded in 1983, exists to research, preserve and promote the Northumbrian language. The Society considers Northumbrian to be a distinct Anglic language and encourages bilingualism amongst Northumbrians.
NORTH EAST LABOUR HISTORY SOCIETY
Founded in 1967, the North East Labour History Society is Britain’s oldest regional labour history society dedicated to the study of working people’s history in the region. The society has recently digitised a collection of its journals dating from 2005 to 2017, in addition to its inaugural publication dated 1967, all of which are available on-line. The journals, published annually, provide a wide-ranging selection of historic and contemporary papers on the very essence of North Eastern life; its working people.
For more information visit www.nelh.net.
TALK OF THE TOON
The Talk of the Toon website offers almost 100 audio files, together with text transcriptions, of interviews with a wide variety of people from the North East of England. The interviews were conducted by Newcastle University in the period from 1960 to 1970, the 1990s and the 2000s. As well as capturing the language and dialect of the region, and the ways in which it has changed through the years, the interviews also offer insight into the lives and opinions of local people over the last five decades. The archive currently contains recordings from 158 speakers (86 women and 72 men).
NORTH EAST FILM ARCHIVE
The North East Film Archive is an independent charity which collects, and preserves the moving image heritage of the North East of England. You can watch many films for free on their website, looking back at how things used to be in Newcastle. They currently hold around 30,000 items, dating from the early 1900’s to the present day. The material covers a range of subjects, including rural and urban life, industry and agriculture, family life, holidays and leisure, and wartime in the region, as well as a range of styles such as documentary, advertising, amateur footage, newsreels, animation, regional television news and educational material.