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Blog: A Century of the Peoples' Park

Elizabeth M. Lumley, Libby to her friends. Born in Gateshead she worked across the world but returned to the North East after retiring. She is a keen amateur historian and on her return to the North East she started to explore her own family history. She discovered that her Grandmother and Great Aunt had at some point worked for the Wailes family in Saltwell Towers which piqued her interest in the mystery surrounding Ursula. She has begun work on a book about The People's Park. Read more of Libby's research.

Blog: The Inventors of the Ball

At the time Saltwell Park closed in 1899, Ursula had already issued her invitations to the original Inventors’ Ball. Her contacts spanned the globe and some of her distinguished guests had already set out on their journeys, presumably to arrive in Gateshead with their host nowhere to be found. One such inventor, known affectionately by Ursula as Percival P, was one of the original guests and rumour has it, he’s set to return this year. Read extracts from Percival's journal.

Blog: The park feels alive again

The park feels alive again! I walked past this morning, a crisp November day, frosty underfoot and the sunrise setting the trees alight and I’m sure I could hear noises other than the expected bird calls. My own invitation to the Inventors’ ball arrived, I’m delighted to be considered one of the generation of optimists at my age! Read more information uncovered by Libby Lumley, our avid historian.

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