Rebuilding the Old Tyne Bridge: The Victorians’ Relationship with their Medieval Heritage

Joshua Howlett and Louis Lorenzo Holland Bonnett (History students at Newcastle University)

research funded by Humanities Research Institute, Newcastle University

In this article, we are looking at one aspect of how a society can use the past as a resource to justify and explain present and future. Specifically, we investigate the Victorians’ well documented fascination with the ‘Middle Ages’, through a specific local example, the reconstruction of the 13th century ‘Old Tyne Bridge’ in Newcastle for the ‘Jubilee Exhibition’ of 1887.

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