066125:Retirement photograph Vickers Armstrong Ltd Elswick Works Elswick Unknown c.1950's


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  • Alex Phillips on Aug. 31, 2015, 10:02 a.m.

    I was an apprentice at Vickers Elswick works around 1978 to 1982. One day a small group of us along with the in house photographer took a van stuffed to the brim with wooden boxes to Bamburgh castle. The boxes contained a HUGE collection of negatives going back to the 19th century many were glass plates. during the day we took out a few to look. Fascinating and amazing sights we saw of every element of the life of that huge factory.
    Since that day I have wondered where those images are. Could these be from that collection?

  • Simon Cotterill on Aug. 31, 2015, 4:44 p.m.

    Hi Alex - that's really interesting to hear about the collection (sounds like a real gold mine!) and your trip to Bamburgh Castle. This photo of Vickers Armstrong is part of a Newcastle Libraries 'Tyneside Then and Now' collection of 80,000 images. I don't know all their sources, but it is possible it was part of the collection you took in the van. There is a little info. on the Newcastle Libraries, and it might be worth contacting them; http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt

    All the best - Simon, Co-Curate team

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