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Tales of the Bigg Market - NE1 needs your memories for new Northern Stars Production film

Posted in Cinema News, Learning on Aug 16, 2018

Did you ever visit the Bigg Market Zoo, dance at Balmbras, get married at the old Town Hall or meet friends for coffee at Pumphreys? 

If you have any interesting stories to tell about your experiences of Newcastle's Bigg Market and its history, NE1 Ltd would like to hear from you.

The project team at Newcastle’s business improvement district NE1 Ltd have commissioned Tyneside Cinema’s in-house production company Northern Stars to produce a people’s history of the Bigg Market in film.

The commission is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of the Bigg Market, which is famous as one of Newcastle's late-night party venues but dates back to the Middle Ages when barley, or bigg, was sold there. The area was also home to Newcastle’s Victorian town hall until its demolition in the 1970s. 

NE1 is calling on the public to come forward with their memories, memorabilia and anecdotes about the Bigg Market and the local area, however small.

The team at Northern Stars Production are interested in hearing from anyone who has any interesting stories, quirky memories, photos or pictures. 

The idea is to build up a people’s history of the Bigg Market providing a living memory of the area’s hidden history, as well as its more famous and infamous historical elements. The film will be produced over the next few months and the NE1 team plan to screen it by the end of 2018.

Alex Slack, NE1 Ltd Bigg Market Project Manager said:

“Our HLF project is entitled Giving A Historic Heart back to Newcastle, and whilst the capital investment in the public realm is of huge importance it’s also critical that we ensure we preserve the heritage of the area. The purpose of this film is to ensure we capture people’s memories, tales and anecdotes for future generations. The Bigg Market has played a pivotal role in Newcastle City Centre for centuries now and we are keen to ensure that the history is not lost”

Anyone who has anything to contribute to the film should contact NE1 directly by email to: admin@newcastlene1ltd.com or by post to Alex Slack, Newcastle NE1 Limited, Suite A8, Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1LE.

Led by a new generation of creative talent from across the North East, Tyneside Cinema’s in-house production company Northern Stars Production offers industry-standard creative video services for commercial and private clients with a complete concept-to-screen package including corporate film, event and conference video. Find out more.