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The Blaydon Brick: Joseph Cowen Exhibition Talk


The Blaydon Brick exhibition poster

When: 20th March 2018. Please join us for refreshments at 5.30pm and the talk will begin at 6pm.

Where: Room 152, Level 1, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University

Newcastle University Library’s Special Collections holds pamphlets and books that were formerly owned by Joseph Cowen Jnr. (1829-1900). Furthermore, the Joseph Cowen Collection of the North East Centre for Lifelong Learning was transferred to the University Library and includes material that was also formerly owned by, or relates to, Cowen.

Newcastle University Special Collections’ latest exhibition draws upon these collections as well as portraits, speeches and cartoons from other collections, to explore Joseph Cowen’s political career (he was M.P. for Newcastle upon Tyne), his support for cultural institutions in the region and the family brickworks which inspired his nickname, ‘the Blaydon Brick’.

Friends of Newcastle University are invited to hear Dr Joan Allen, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the University, to speak about her research on Joseph Cowen.