Ouseburn's history, active regeneration and development, and buzzing creative scene evoke many curious thoughts in the people who make up our local and surrounding communities.

The Ouseburn Talks programme offers a platform for volunteers and Ouseburn enthusiasts who've dedicated their time to research a variety of topics relating to our lively, unique region. Talks are developed with our community at their heart, so topics cover many things which interest our residents as well as visitors. 

Autumn & Winter 2021-22 Ouseburn Talks

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Based on feedback following last year's Ouseburn Talks Online season, this autumn and winter we're offering a blend of in-person and online talks. In-person talks will be held at the Cumberland Arms whilst online talks can be accessed from across the world through Zoom. We're thrilled to be returning to the community through nights at the wonderful Cumberland Arms, but last year taught us there is significant value in offering events that you can access from wherever you are, in a space where you feel comfortable. Recordings from all of our talks will also be available to our members through our members' area

£3 admission | Advance booking required for in-person and online events 

This year's programme

A Crowded District - the Chapelry of St Ann’s 1840-1900

Tuesday 15th March 2022 5.30pm-6.30pm | Led by Mike Greatbatch

By the 1840’s the newly designated Chapelry of St Ann’s was Newcastle’s principal manufacturing district. Mike Greatbatch will look at life and labour in the area which includes the Quayside and the Ouseburn.

Book your place for both in-person and online talks through the booking calendar below.

Past events

A Chartist Life: William Parker of Lime Street

Tuesday 16th November 2021 5.30pm - 6.30pm at The Cumberland Arms | Led by Mike Greatbatch

Join Mike Greatbatch for a detailed survey of the life and times (1790-1858) of an outspoken labourer whose commemorative plaque adorns the Cumberland Arms.

The Haunted Valley (Virtual)

Tuesday 14th December 2021 6pm - 7pm hosted online via Zoom | Led by Stephen Laws

Join this renowned local author to discover how growing up in and around the Ouseburn Valley inspired his writing career, including his horror novel 'Spectre' set in the Valley.

Filmmaking in the Ouseburn Valley

Tuesday 18th January 2022 5.30pm-6.30pm | Led by Susie Davies

Susie will discuss the art of filmmaking in the Ouseburn Valley, from the area’s visual allure to the theme of regeneration. She will also show parts of films produced in the Valley, including her own documentary on the rave scene that thrived here during the 1990’s.

We're exploring new and exciting ways of delivering talks about the Valley. If you'd like to discuss engaging in future programming, get in touch

Haunted Palaces (Virtual)

Tuesday 15th February 2022 7.00pm-8.00pm | Led by Stephen Laws

Local author Stephen Laws reflects on the danger, horror and excitement of journeys in search of forbidden ‘X’ certificate films in the fleapit cinemas of the North East of England during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Most definitely FOR persons of a nervous disposition….