This community history project is a collaborative project with Tynemouth Rowing Club, funded by the Catherine Cookson Foundation, Newcastle University. Research involves the collection of oral histories and the compilation and curation of archive materials (written records, images and memorabilia) spanning the Club’s history since its foundation in 1867.
‘Rowing the Waves’: the place of Tynemouth Rowing Club in the history of Tyneside coastal communities and rowing on the Tyne (Funded by the Catherine Cookson Foundation, Newcastle University)
The history of rowing on the Tyne is long and illustrious. In the 1880s large crowds were drawn to the river to witness cut throat competition between local well-known personalities in heated boat races. Tynemouth Rowing Club (TRC) has played an important part in this history over the last 147 year since being founded in 1867. Early in its life it was home to top Northern scullers and rowers and holds the proud achievement of being the only northern rowing club with a past member having won both the Wingfield Sculls on the River Thames and the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. These premier sculling events were both won by William Fawcus in 1871. Despite TRC being one of the oldest surviving clubs on the river, very little is known about its history beyond this early period. During the lead up to TRC’s 150 year anniversary we are keen to research our history and in particular to draw together and document the memorabilia (photographs, paintings, artefacts, trophies etc) currently dispersed throughout North Tyneside in libraries, TRC club house and individuals’ houses and to combine this with oral histories and testimonies from past and current members as part of the club’s commemorative anniversary activities.
Outputs: Laurie, ND & Remnant, J 2017, Against the tide? Stories from Tynemouth Rowing Club. University of St Andrews.