Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums look back at Washington at 50

Washington 'F' Pit circa 1976 courtesy of TWAM

Washington celebrates 50 years this year since it became a ‘new town’ and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have taken a look back in words and pictures to its industrial and in particular its mining heritage.

Washington has a fine history including being the ancestral home of the George Washington family and being the birth place of Gertrude Bell, traveller, archaeologist and the architect of the modern states of Iraq and Jordan.

While Washington has many great individuals in its history the greater part of its history is made up of its industrial heritage.

This heritage was predominately, although not exclusively, coal mining.

To help us celebrate Washington at 50 Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have searched their archives to create both a wonderful set of images that help us understand what Washington looked like in those early days and an excellent addition to their blog with a post detailing the changing landscape of it's industry, pits and the mining villages which make up Washington.

View the Flickr set.

Read the post 'Washington's changing landscape'.

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