Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Peter Brown,   ‘Jackdaw’

Winner of the Bewick Prize at the Society of Wood Engravers' Annual Exhibition.
It will be on show
6th – 24th October 2015
78th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers
The North Wall Arts Centre
South Parade
Oxford OX2 7JN
Private View: Saturday 10th October 3.00pm – 5.00pm (after the AGM)
Open Monday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Saturday 12.00 – 4.00pm.
Closed Sundays.
Telephone: 01865 319450
Website www.thenorthwall.com

Friday, 14 August 2015

Cataloguing Bewick's Letters

 "The Wordsworth Trust is home to a vast treasure trove of documents extending beyond just the work of Wordsworth himself. Amongst this collection are kept the letters and notes of the engraver Thomas Bewick. These letters reveal all the little details about Bewick’s life, ranging from letters to and from his business associates to personal letters to his family and friends, before culminating in the letters of his daughter as she attempted to hold her father’s collections together after his death."
Martin Hasted


Martin Hasted is currently working as a Trainee for the Wordsworth Trust. The role is a yearlong placement designed to give trainees experience of working in the heritage sector, and as such encompasses various roles from providing tours of Dove Cottage to working with the Trust’s extensive archival material. Martin is currently working towards cataloguing the large volume of material relating to the engraver Thomas Bewick which was acquired by the Trust in 2013. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Walk to Cherryburn.

I regularly pursued my walks & while thus exercising, my mind was commonly engaged in considering upon plans about how I should conduct myself in life & forming resolutions on such as I approved of & of strictly acting upon them…..


I thought nothing of leaving Newcastle (occasionally) after I had done work (7 o clock) in a winters night & setg off to walk to Cherryburn - …. - In my solitary walks ( as before noticed) the first resolution I recollect of having made, was that of living within my income & another, of similar import, was that of never getting anything upon trust…
Thomas Bewick, Memoir p 50 – 1

Peter Quinn will lead us on a walk leaving Cardinal Hume's statue, Bewick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne at 10.30am along the banks on the River Tyne to Cherryburn, Mickley. This is an experiment in retracing Bewick's regular walk to his parents' house The Bewick Society promoting and preserving the work of England's greatest wood engraver at Cherryburn. We aim to complete the walk in the shortest time possible. Stout boots required.
Follow the progress of the walkers with Twitter updates en route @BewickSociety.

Thursday, 7 May 2015


Join us for another occasion to hear experts from the Bewick Society talk enthusiastically about their own items or items from the collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria. The Natural History Society will be exhibiting, for the first time, a recently discovered manuscript notebook by the local bookseller and Bewick enthusiast William Garrett. There will also be an opportunity to see the collection of fine Bewick books recently bequeathed by the late Geoffrey Shaw QC.

Date and time: Saturday 9 May at 1.00pm.
Venue: The Council Room of the Natural History Society of Northumbria,
2nd Floor Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT.
Admission: Free.
Contact: June Holmes: The Natural History Society of Northumbria, The Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT. Tel no. 0191 208 5834 or Email bewick.society@newcastle.ac.uk

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Chillingham Bulls, Bewick, Darwin and the Prince of Wales

Hancock Museum's Stories from a Stuffed Cow.

Part of the learning resources on the Culture Street website. Gives a brief introduction to the great Thomas Bewick's influence on Charles Darwin.
The resources themselves
help KS2 children understand the practice of writing research papers.

Stories From A Stuffed Cow from RogerLang on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

D.W.S. Gray

Sadly David Gray, long-standing editor of the Cherryburn Times, died on Friday 3rd April after a short spell in hospital. David's passing has been a great shock to family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this time.

David transformed the newsletter of the Bewick Society to a Journal; he inaugurated the Bewick Society website and was a constant presence at Bewick Society events and meetings. An engaging public speaker, in private he was charming, generous and inspiring to colleagues and friends. The Bewick Society shall be much poorer without him. 

David's funeral will be on Friday 24th April at the West Road Crematorium, commencing at 2.45 pm and ending at 3.15.

A celebration of his life will be held in the central library of The Literary and Philosophical Society on Westgate Road later the same day beginning at 5 pm and finishing around 8pm.

This notice appeared in The Times, 14th April 2015

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

National Vote

There's a campaign underway to vote for Britain's National Bird
Bewick illustrated all of the short-listed birds in his British Birds.
7 Land Birds.
3 Water Birds.
You can view the Bewick illustrations on Flickr here

Voting is on the nationalvote website.
Or on twitter #bird_vote