Memories of Tyneside

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Welcome to the Memories of Tyneside research project, where you can find information about the project and what we are aiming to achieve.


This is a project that reconnects the city with those who have left it. In an era marked by the large-scale movement of people away from the city it becomes necessary to think about how ex-residents stay in connect with their home city imaginatively as well as in more practical ways. Thus this project addresses issues of memory, myths of place and current usage amongst those who have left the city. It brings together a new body of work on nostalgia and memory with the study of counter-urbanisation and the use of city space.


Drawing on interviews and mental mapping techniques this research project  investigated how memory and nostalgia shape both the representation of the city and the way it is accessed and used by ex-residents. This website records our findings and outputs.


A major paper has recently been published by Alastair Bonnett and Catherine Alexander that draws togther the research findings:


Mobile nostalgias: connecting visions of the urban past, present and future amongst

ex-residents  Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers  (2012)



Drawing on interviews with ex-residents of Tyneside (United Kingdom), this paper builds on recent reappraisals of nostalgia as a ‘productive’ and ‘living’ disposition, to show how fond memories and a sense of loss shape and sustain engagement with the city. In contrast to recent attempts to identify active nostalgia only with its ‘reflective’

forms, or to separate out ‘official’ and ‘non-official’ nostalgia, the paper demonstrates that nostalgias are mobile and interwoven. It is shown that ‘restorative’ and ‘reflective’ forms can co-exist and state-led practices of conservation be maintained in a complex and mutually sustaining relationship with more personal, less official, visions of the value of the past. Thus it is argued that urban nostalgia for the city needs to be acknowledged as a potentially critical intervention that draws together different modes of attachment and yearning.











News Items

Urban Memories Journal Article

We have been featured in an article in The Journal - click the image below to read more!

Journal p36 click here to read