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In June 2001 Northumberland Archives Service was awarded a grant of £47,100 from The New Opportunities Fund (NOF) to digitise a range of sources relating to the history of 76 Northumberland communities.

The project focuses on the history of 76 Northumberland communities – small ports, market towns, villages, larger towns and villages that have developed as a result of mining industries and one New Town. Original source material has been selected and digitised for each of these communities. This includes maps, plans, estate, court, church and school records, photographs and oral history recordings.

It is intended that individuals, groups and educational establishments will use this digitised material as a starting point for understanding the development of Northumberland communities and that this material will provide a base for studying the County’s history.

Our project forms part of a regional consortium “Sense of Place North East” (SOPNE). This is a group of projects relating to the rich history of the North East of England. If you would like to know more about the consortium and the other projects visit


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