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Philip Robinson Library

To Honour a Great and Good Man Exhibition Poster

To Honour a Great and Good Man

The exhibition is part of Freedom City 2017, the city-wide programme across Newcastle marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King receiving an honorary degree at Newcastle University. Visit the Freedom City website for information on planned events.

Drawing on material from the University Archives held in Special Collections at Newcastle University Library, this exhibition tells the story of Dr King’s visit to Newcastle. It looks at what led to his nomination for an honorary degree, the communications and preparations building up to the visit and what happened on the day itself, as well as the aftermath and legacy of Dr King’s visit.

Level 2, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University

7th September 2017 - 30th Novermber 2017






Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms

Inspiring Archives: A Story of the Civil War in the North East

Inspiring Archives: A Stoy of the Civil War in the North East

“Belta, Mint and Enjoyable”……were the words used by one Year 8 student to describe their experience at our Civil War Celebration Day at Tynemouth Priory on 22 June. 

The day saw the culmination of a year’s activities between Newcastle University Special Collections, four local schools, four academic schools, English Heritage and heritage professionals that was inspired by our 17th century collections. 

Whilst involving numerous partners at heart the project was about inspiring Year 8 students to engage with History, the University and their local heritage in a fun and innovative way. The whole project was kindly funded by Heritage Lottery Funding.  

This exhibition highlights the journey enjoyed by all Year 8 students…

Ground Floor, Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms, Newcastle University

July - September 2017




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