About Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future

Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future came into existence on 1st June 1998 as a project run by North Shields Library Club and funded by the Kellett Fund, administered by the Community Foundation.  The aims and objectives of RPRF were set as, and continue to be, as follows:
  • to record and preserve memories of the North East (with an emphasis on North Tyneside) for future generations
  • to display those memories on the Internet and invite additional contributions
  • to enable people aged 50+ to become competent and confident in the use of computers and accessing the Internet
  • to encourage older people to establish links with others, in residential care or in the wider community, to combat social isolation
  • to create a valuable local history resource for generations to come and to fulfil the need for local knowledge for school children and college students.

Since 1998 the project has developed into a significant local history resource, with over 1500 memories of life in North Tyneside available on its website. NSLC was successful in gaining ongoing funding for the project and has managed its development and growth through a Steering Group, with support from North Tyneside Library Service.  The project is run on a day to day basis by Kath Smith and her team of highly trained volunteers.

A Significant Change of Status

In early 2012 it became clear that the project was growing into a substantial resource and the current organisational status needed to be strengthened so that RPRF could move on into a new phase of its life.  Work went on for two years to achieve this change and RPRF became a registered charity on 1st January 2014. The Library Club management group handed over responsibility to a new Board of Directors and Kath Smith continued in her role of Manager.

Exciting Changes in our Work

We’ve been working across North Tyneside and its surrounding areas for many years now.  We started off collecting memories from individuals  but more and more we work with community groups and other partners in larger projects.  We are especially proud to act as Heritage Partners for groups in receipt of Heritage Lottery Fund grants, sharing our expertise with groups who may not be familiar with their local heritage.
If you’d like to find out more about this side of our work please use the Contact Us page to request more information.

Continued Need for Volunteers

Our work depends on the continued support of volunteers.  If you think you’d like to interview people, transcribe material, edit digital sound recording or add material to our website please get in touch.  We can train you in new skills and guarantee that the work is interesting, fun and rewarding. Again, for more information please use the Contact Us page.