to the Shildon Recall Society on line.
The Shildon Recall History Society meet each Thursday evening in the Shildon Centre, Main Street, Shildon between 7.30 & 9 PM. Our meetings are informal and include refreshments, and the topic of conversation is usually Shildon past present and future. The Society has a large archive of information, photographs and photographic slides pertaining to the town, and also a record of burials in the West Road Cemetary from 1922 – 2000.
We would like to thank the many people from all over the country and ex-pats abroad for purchasing the DVD, ‘Shildon – Our Town’ which we first published in 2006 and which was so popular, that over the last five years, it has completely sold out.
The DVD has thirteen chapters or categories including Streets, People, Eldon, Schools, Museum, Steam, War years etc and is accompanied by classical background music.
The disc contains monochrome and coloured photographs, and some cine and video footage.
At £8.99p it’s was something well worth buying, as it gives an insight into our photographic archive and could be played to family and friends. It was especially enjoyed by older generations, and all proceeds from the disc benefited the Shildon History Recall Society, and helped to buy and upgrade equipment; and to purchase and display new photographs.
The objective of our Society is to preserve the history of out town for future generations, and to make our archive accessible to as many people as possible for as little cost as possible – hence the first DVD production, and the planned second edition which should be available in 2012.
We often receive letters and e-mails from many countries requesting information about Shildon, its history and its inhabitants and although we try to help all those who contact us, we are not a family history group and do not have extensive resources for census research etc.
2010 saw the centenary of New Shildon Council Schools (Timothy Hackworth School) affectionately known to many as ‘Tin Tax’, and as well as hosting a number of events throughout the year, we produced a souvenir book about the school, its history and past pupils and staff.
Shildon’s Recreation ground is 100 years old in September 2012 and the town will celebrate it’s Centenary with an event staged in the park itself. Plese e mail any recollections or photos for inclusion in a display during this event.