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‘Reflections of Newcastle 1914-1918’ is a Heritage Lottery Funded project that involves the creation of three free to download iBooks and city centre walks which bring to life, via interactive digital technology, the intellectual, cultural and social life of Newcastle upon Tyne during the First World War.

Using material and photographs from local and national archives and libraries, ‘Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18’ uncovers Newcastle life during the war. Including the experience of recruits and returning soldiers, women’s roles during the war, fashion and shopping, cultural events and venues, notable local people of the time and how the centre of Newcastle has changed.

Viewers are invited to explore life in Newcastle through three city centre trails that combine archive material with intimate storytelling. These city trails tell stories of Newcastle never heard before from the point of view of four different characters. Follow wounded soldier Johnny Atkinson, young munitions worker and suffragette Adelaide Dixon, and children Harry and Emmy Fisher, whose father has gone off to War, as they take you on a tour of the city and show you what life was like during this turbulent time.

The iBooks are downloadable for free from this website or visitors can borrow an iPad from the Lit & Phil to take out for one of the walks. Please bring current photo ID (passport, driving license, student card etc) and proof of address, less than 3 months old (utility bill, bank statement, council tax letter) to borrow an iPad. To take out a Lit & Phil iPad, please be aware we will require a deposit (current passport, driving license or credit card) which will be securely kept at the Lit & Phil until the iPad is returned. Please bring your own headphones to use on the tour. Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.

iPads can be borrowed for up to 2 hours between 9.30am and 3pm on a weekday and 9.30 and 11am on a Saturday. Please be aware that the Lit & Phil closes at 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday.

If you are a school group or community group the Lit & Phil has up to ten iPads that can be borrowed. Please contact the Lit & Phil in advance for further information on how to book a time and borrow the iPads. Further learning resources are available for school and community groups to use once they have completed the walk at the Lit & Phil and on this website.