The Weekly Challenge

Weekly Challenge, 8th October – Local Historians


It’s a Gateshead challenge! Set by the Council’s Culture team, this week we’re exploring local history. The Angel of the North is such a big part of Gateshead’s history, in itself but also in what it represents. The birth of the Angel marked the beginning of a great deal of change in the borough and indeed the wider region. It was the catalyst for the cultural regeneration of Gateshead Quays that led to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, BALTIC and Sage. Now The Angel of the North is as much a part of Gateshead’s identity as the Statue of Liberty is to New York. Since it first spread its wings in February 1998, it has become one of the most talked about and recognisable pieces of public art ever produced. And, it will last for more than 100 years! What local history do you know about?


Collect a story about your town or city, either from those that have been around longer than you, in books or online. You could find out when the town was founded and by whom, how the streets were named or if there were any interesting people or legends that lived in the area long ago. Or very much like Gateshead, look more into the local landmarks. What do they tell you about the history of the local area? Share in a creative way.


If you have more time … 
Share your findings with another local person. Could you help them learn more about the history of the area?


Do you feel more connected to your local area or has it changed too much to recognise? What do you like and dislike about those changes? How can you share more of your local history with others?


We’d love to hear your local stories. Creatively share them with us and with the team at Gateshead Council on Twitter and Facebook. You can tag #64MillionArtists and #Angel20 and share with us on:

t: @64M_Artists