Thomas Baker Brown’s Christmas Pantomime Programme – #Christmascountdown Door no. 11

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Door No. 11

This is a programme for a 1917 Christmas pantomime, ‘Dick Whittington’, produced by army troops and directed by Lieutenant Walter Thomas.

Thomas Baker Brown, born 22nd December 1896, a soldier who fought in World War I. In December 1915, he was serving in the ‘Clerks Platoon’ for the 6th Northumberland Fusiliers at a training camp at Scarcroft School, York. As a soldier, or “tommy”, training would begin with basic physical fitness, drill, march discipline and essential field craft. Tommies would later specialise in a role and Brown received training in bombing, signalling and musketry. He suffered from poor eyesight and was issued with glasses. After failing to be transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, Brown was placed into the signalling section and later drafted to France alongside his brother George, as part of the 2/6th Northumberland Fusiliers, 32nd Division.

By the 1st August 1916, Brown was moved to the 21st Northumberland Fusiliers (2nd Tyneside Scottish 37th Division) and was sent on his first journey to the front line trenches. Later, in March 1917, Brown was awarded the Military Medal for his ‘heroism’ and ‘bravery’.

Find out more about the Baker Brown (Thomas) Archive.

Read more about Thomas Baker Brown’s story in this Treasure of the Month blog post.

Aurelia Musso – The Exchange, Newcastle

One of the very special images we have within our ‘Local Illustrations’ collection is this picture: Exchange by Aurelia Musso.  Unusually for the prints that remain of this artist, it is a picture of a civic building, the Exchange on Newcastle Quayside (now known as the Guild Hall).

Illustration of the Exchange, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, by Aurelia Musso. circa 1783 1793, Reference: ILL/11/165

 

Aurelia Musso was a prolific artist, and highly regarded within Newcastle society in the late 18th Century.  Born in Piedmont in Italy in 1758, she moved to Newcastle in 1783 with her husband, fellow artist Boniface Musso, and their two children.  The early history of the Musso family is fairly scant, but Aurelia (nee Grezzini) appears to have had family links in Newcastle, with various members of the Grezzini family involved in wood carving trades and the making of high quality toys in the City.

Aurelia Musso specialised in prints and her work was highly valued amongst the wealthy and powerful in Newcastle.  She was commissioned by several prominent families, including the Clavering family of Axwell Park, (Gateshead), John Bigge of Carville Hall (Wallsend), William Lamb of Ryton Hall (County Durham) and Ralph Carr of Dunston Hall (Gateshead), and often Musso’s images remain the earliest prints of these family estates and houses.  She appears to have been very much a part of this elite circle and was certainly a very fashionable artist during this period.

Aurelia died in 1793, only 35 years old, cause of death unknown.  She was buried on 17th September 1793 in St Andrew’s Churchyard, Newcastle.

This image of the Exchange was presumably created whilst Aurelia lived in Newcastle, and can therefore be dated to between 1783 – 1893.  Not very long afterwards, in 1809, the frontage of the building was radically altered to the designs of architects William Newton and David Stephenson.  The old steeple and staircase were entirely taken down, and the present front was erected, with the clock placed in the front, largely obliterating the original Italian architectural style seen in Musso’s print.

Many thanks to Pat Halcro for her research for this piece.

The Story of a Cup of Tea in Rhymes and Pictures – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 10

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Door no. 10

Title page from A History of Cup of a Cup of Tea

Title page from ‘A History of Cup of a Cup of Tea (Rare Books, RB 821.8 SIX)

Here’s one for you tea lovers out there…

“We meet in China’s sunny clime,
A Tea Plantation as here seen,
Where plants the sloping hill-side climb,
In straggling tufts of evergreen.
This then as you will plainly see,
Depicts the origin of Tea.”

Above transcription taken from page 1 of The Story of Cup of Tea in Rhymes and Pictures. Beautifully illustrated, this book takes you through the tea plantation, culture, gathering, drying, roasting and rolling, sorting, buying, mixing, carrying and finally drinking tea. The story ends…

“Hurrah! at length we see it here,
Upon our own Tea Table placed;
And soon our spirits it will cheer,
From out the Urn that it has graced.

Let each and all the grateful be,
And hail a welcome guest in Tea”.

If you’re interested in more like this, go on over to CollectionsCaptured to see illustrated stories in Rhymes and Pictures of the history of a cotton bale, a scuttle of coals, a golden sovereign, and a quartern loaf.

The Christmas Pantomime – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 9

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Door No. 9

Page from Illustrated London News, Volume 92 (19th Century Collection, 19th C. Coll ILL 030)

Page from Illustrated London News, Volume 92 (19th Century Collection, 19th C. Coll ILL 030)

Page from Illustrated London News, Vol. 92, dated 7th January 1888. Illustrations shows various different pantomime costumes including characters Puss in Boots, The Queen, The Blondin Donkey and Cupid.

Have you been to any pantomines this Christmas season yet?

Illustrated London News is part of our 19th Century Collection and 20th Century Collection. You can find this volume and other Illustrated London News on our Library Catalogue here.

Butcher’s Market – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 8

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Door no. 8

Butcher Market, Avenue

Butcher Market, Avenue (Local Illustrations, ILL/11/206)

General plan of the Butcher and Vegetable Markets

General plan of the Butcher and Vegetable Markets (Local Illustrations, ILL/11/206)

These two illustrations depict the interior of the Butcher’s Market, which is now known as the Grainger Market in Newcastle. A great place to visit to pick up some unique Christmas gifts!

Grainger Market opened its doors in 1835 and is named after Richard Grainger (1797 – 1861) the builder, developer and entrepreneur behind the Market.  At the time it was the largest in Britain covering two acres with 12 entrances and 243 shops and stalls.

Originally it was a meat and vegetable market but the flesh-market section was optimistically large and so other goods like baskets and pottery were introduced.

On October 22nd 1835 a celebratory dinner was held in the market attended by 2000 men including John Dobson (1787 – 1865) and Grainger. Over 300 women were allowed to watch the feast in a specially constructed gallery!

Daguerrotypes – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 7

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Door No. 7

Daguerrotype of The American Falls

Daguerrotype of The American Falls, 1840 (Daguerrotypes, DAG/2)

The Horseshoe Falls, part of Niagra Falls Daguerrotype

Daguerrotype of The Horseshoe Falls, part of Niagra Falls, 1740 (Daguerrotypes, DAG/5)

Daguerrotypes were an early form of photography. They were produced using an early photographuc process involving an iodine-sentitised silvered plate and mercury vapour. This photographic method does not permit reproduction so the images are unique.

These particular ones are significant as they are some of the first known images of the Clifton Hotel and Niagra Falls.

You can see other Daguerrotypes of Niagra Falls on CollectionsCaptured.

Crawhall’s Old Aunt Elspa’s ABC – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 6

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Door No. 6

Page from Old Aunt Elspa’s ABC (Joseph Crawhall Collection, Crawhall 50)

Y
For Youngsters,
and Yawning,  
and Yelling,
Yahoo!

Is this something that you’ll be doing on Christmas morning?

Old Aunt Elspa’s ABC is an alphabet book containing woodblock printed letters, with associated images, detailing the alphabet, created by Joseph Crawhall II.

Joseph Crawhall II was born in Newcastle in 1821 and was the son of Joseph Crawhall I, who was a sheriff of Newcastle. As well as running the family ropery business with his brothers, he also spent his time illustrating, making woodcuts and producing books.

See the full book online via CollectionsCaptured.

Interested in more from Joseph Crawhall II? Find more in the Joseph Crawhall II Collection and Joseph Crawhall II Archive.

Newcastle Beer – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 5

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Door no. 5

'Newcastle Beer' from Newcassel Sangs (Crawhall 12)

‘Newcastle Beer’ from A Beauk o’ Newcassel Sangs (Joseph Crawhall II Collection, Crawhall 12)

“When fame brought the news of Great Britain’s success,
And told at Olympus each Gallic defeat,
Glad Mars sent to Mercury orders express,
To summon the Deities was plac’d
To guide the gay feast,
And freely declar’d there was choice of good cheer;
Yet vow’d to his thinking,
For exquisite drinking,
Their Nectar was nothing to Newcastle Beer.”

Joseph Crawhall II was born in Newcastle in 1821 and was the son of Joseph Crawhall I, who was a sheriff of Newcastle. As well as running the family ropery business with his brothers, he also spent his time illustrating, making woodcuts and producing books.

Interested in more from Joseph Crawhall II? Find more in the Joseph Crawhall II Collection and Joseph Crawhall II Archive.

The Twelve Days of Christmas – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 4

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Door No. 4

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Broadsides, BROA Volume 1/2/10)

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Broadsides, BROA Volume 1/2/10)

“On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Four colly birds
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear tree.”

Has anyone sent you anything for the fourth day of Christmas?

Student Sports – #ChristmasCountdown Door no. 3

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Door no. 3

 Students Scottish dancing, 1963

Students Scottish dancing, 1963 (University Archives, NUA/018179-7)

Judo match, 1963

Judo match, 1963 (University Archives,
NUA/018179-14)

Fencing class, 1963

Fencing class, 1963 (University Archives, NUA/018179-4)

These three photographs show students practicing sporting activities. What activities will you be getting up to during this festive period? Has much changed today since 1963?

You can see more from the University Archives on CollectionsCaptured.