Friday, 14 August 2015

Cataloguing Bewick's Letters

 "The Wordsworth Trust is home to a vast treasure trove of documents extending beyond just the work of Wordsworth himself. Amongst this collection are kept the letters and notes of the engraver Thomas Bewick. These letters reveal all the little details about Bewick’s life, ranging from letters to and from his business associates to personal letters to his family and friends, before culminating in the letters of his daughter as she attempted to hold her father’s collections together after his death."
Martin Hasted…/08/14/cataloguing-bewicks-lett…/

Martin Hasted is currently working as a Trainee for the Wordsworth Trust. The role is a yearlong placement designed to give trainees experience of working in the heritage sector, and as such encompasses various roles from providing tours of Dove Cottage to working with the Trust’s extensive archival material. Martin is currently working towards cataloguing the large volume of material relating to the engraver Thomas Bewick which was acquired by the Trust in 2013. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Walk to Cherryburn.

I regularly pursued my walks & while thus exercising, my mind was commonly engaged in considering upon plans about how I should conduct myself in life & forming resolutions on such as I approved of & of strictly acting upon them…..


I thought nothing of leaving Newcastle (occasionally) after I had done work (7 o clock) in a winters night & setg off to walk to Cherryburn - …. - In my solitary walks ( as before noticed) the first resolution I recollect of having made, was that of living within my income & another, of similar import, was that of never getting anything upon trust…
Thomas Bewick, Memoir p 50 – 1

Peter Quinn will lead us on a walk leaving Cardinal Hume's statue, Bewick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne at 10.30am along the banks on the River Tyne to Cherryburn, Mickley. This is an experiment in retracing Bewick's regular walk to his parents' house. We aim to complete the walk in the shortest time possible. Stout boots required.
Follow the progress of the walkers with Twitter updates en route @BewickSociety.