2013 Programme of Activities

Tuesday29th January 2013 19.30 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘”Collingwood’s stick – the Life and Times of Capt. Edward Rotheram” – a though-provoking evaluation of Collingwood’s notorious one-time Flag Captain, by Dr. Tony Barrow.  Free admission for Society members, £2 for others.
Thursday7th March 2013

10.30 – 15.00

Morpeth  (various venues) A day of commemorative events throughout the Town Centre, organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust and sponsored by Morpeth Town Council, in which the Society is participating. The highlight will be the official unveiling of a bronze bust to the Admiral at the Town Hall.  A series of talks will be delivered by Society speakers in the Town Hall and nearby Collingwood House will be open to visitors.
1030:  Service of Commemoration, The Church of St. James the Great, Copper Chare, Morpeth.  All welcome.
1200:  The unveiling ceremony, the Butter Market in the Town Hall.
1215-1330:  Private reception, hosted by the Mayor of Morpeth.
1330 – 1530:  Collingwood House open to the public, Father Lawrence Jones and Collingwood Society authorities on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions.  No charge.
1330 – 1530: Programme of short illustrated talks, interspersed with period music and dance and ‘songs of the sea’ by a local choir.  The Corn Exchange, Morpeth Town Hall.  Open to the public, no charge.  Approximate timings of talks as follows:

·         1330:  “Collingwood – a 20 minute biography”  Andy Griffin.

·         1415:  “The Collingwood 2010 Festival”  Capt. Stephen Healy.

·         1500:  “Collingwood’s Midshipmen” Dr. Tony Barrow.





Thursday7th March 2013


The Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School The RGS are generously hosting the 2nd prestigious Collingwood Lecture, this year entitled ‘Collingwood – a very Private Hero’ and delivered by Max Adams.  Free admission for Society members, school staff and pupils.  £2 for others.
Wednesday24th April 2013


HMS Calliope ‘Collingwood the Gunner’ – a talk by Andy Griffin, kindly hosted by the Tyneside RNR.  Collingwood achieved fame as a gunner and set the record for the muzzle-loaded broadside which stands to this day – come and hear how it was achieved.  Free admission for Society members and RNR personnel, £2 for others.
Wednesday19th June 2013


Tynemouth (assemble at the monument) The Collingwood Monument – a guided on-site talk by John Grundy.  Not the story of Collingwood, but rather that of arguably the greatest memorial to him.  Refreshments in the TVLB Watch-house afterwards.  Open to all, no formal charge, but a suitable donation to the TVLB to cover their costs is requested.
Thursday19th September 2013


Morpeth Town Hall ‘Collingwood and Morpeth’ – It was without doubt his favourite place, although he spent relatively little time there.   Hear about the Admiral’s home in Oldgate and the longing references to it in his letters home from sea.  A talk by Capt. Stephen Healy.  Free admission for Society members, £2 for others.
Monday21st October 2013


Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne Annual short Commemorative Service at the Collingwood bust in the rear of the Church.  Public event.
Monday21st October 2013

Assemble 11.30

Tynemouth Memorial The annual ‘Toast the Admiral’ event, hosted by North Tyneside Council.  On the midday hour, at which the first shot was fired in the Battle of Trafalgar, raise a glass to our hero.  Free grog and additional refreshments in the TVLB watch-house afterwards.  Public event.
Monday21st October 2013

Assemble 11.15

Morpeth Town Hall, then Collingwood House, Morpeth Short commemorative event at the new bust to Admiral Collingwood, followed by civic event outside Collingwood House, Oldgate, Morpeth.  Public event, free grog here too!
Thursday24th October 2013


Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Collingwood Society, followed by ‘Growing up with the Admiral’ – a personal and family perspective on a famous ancestor by Angus Collingwood-Cameron.  Free admission for Society members, £2 for others.
Tuesday19th November 2013


Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘The Trafalgar Storm’ – an illustrated talk by Dr. Dennis Wheeler, assisted by Dr. Tony Barrow – see the weather map and hear the BBC shipping forecast for 21st October 1805.  Understand how those on board the ships of both fleets interpreted the signs of impending bad weather as the battle progressed and learn of the impact on men and ships in its aftermath. Decide for yourself if the right decisions were taken.  Free admission for Society members, £2 for others.

Please Note:

£2 admission charge to selected events for non-members will be refunded if the person joins the Society on the night.

Every effort has been made to list the anticipated times, venues and speakers, based on information available at the time of publication.  The Society’s officers accept no liability for changes which may occur through circumstances beyond their control.  Any such changes will be advised to all online members by e-mail and published on the Society’s website as soon as known.  If time permits, those not online will be advised by letter.  Details can be verified by telephone call to either the Secretary (Dr. Tony Barrow) on 01665-576716 or the Chairman (Capt. Stephen Healy) on 0191-2159356.   

Trinity House Newcastle is in Broad Chare, off Newcastle’s Quayside, behind the Law Courts.  The Q2 Quaylink bus runs from the City Centre to the Quayside at regular intervals, or parking is recommended at the Quayside car park (free after 5pm).

The Royal Grammar School is located in Eskdale Terrace, very close to Jesmond Metro Station in Newcastle, or parking is recommended on adjacent streets, but attention is drawn to prevailing restrictions and permit requirements.      

HMS Calliope is located on Gateshead’s South Shore and is served by the Q1 Quaylink bus from central Newcastle.  Gateshead Metro station is a ten minute walk, although up quite a steep hill.  Parking is available at the various car parks around and below the Sage music centre.

The Collingwood Memorial and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House are located at the river mouth and accessed via Tynemouth village. Buses run from Newcastle centre to the village.  Two car parks are close by out on the headland and buses and the Metro run to Tynemouth village from Newcastle.

Morpeth Town Hall is located in the Market Square, Morpeth.  Trains run to Morpeth from Newcastle, or parking is recommended in the various public car parks around the town.

The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas is located in Collingwood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne and is within walking distance of Central Station. Parking is recommended at Dene Street Car Park (NCP charges apply).