Trust begins search for memorabilia relating to station

The Morpeth Railway Station exterior.

The Morpeth Railway Station exterior.

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Those behind a project to develop an historical picture of Morpeth Railway Station are seeking help from residents.

Built in the 19th Century, it was designed by the renowned architect Benjamin Green, who with his father John was responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in the North East.

Later this year, Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) hopes to be given the green light to start work on an ambitious plan to refurbish and remodel the station to both improve facilities for rail passengers as well as create unique office space for up to seven small businesses in its trackside buildings.

It is currently in talks with a number of funders in an effort to put together a £1.6million financial package to allow the work to go ahead.

In the meantime, it is also embarking on a community-based heritage project to capture the 169-year-old history of the station, which is still regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of the Victorian railway network along the East Coast main line.

A team from GMDT is hoping to build up a quality collection of archive material about the station with the help of people who may have old photographs, stories, documents or memorabilia that they are prepared to either donate or allow to be scanned and copied as part of the initiative.

To begin the project, the trust is organising a number of public engagement sessions – starting at Morpeth Town Hall on Wednesday between noon and 7pm – to give people the chance to find out more about and also perhaps contribute archive material to be added to the collection.

If enough material can be collected, the organisation is hoping it can be used for research work, interpretation panels, leaflets or even a book.

Call Karen Tweddle (01670 503866) or email info@gmdt.org for more information.