The Cherryburn Times
The Cherryburn Times started out as the Newsletter for the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust, founded in 1987 by a group of interested and committed supporters led by Dr Frank Atkinson, the founder of the Beamish Museum. It was felt that an occasional Newsletter would help to promote the purpose of the Trust, which was concerned with maintaining and opening Cherryburn to the public. The Newsletter was edited by David Bell, designed by Christopher Bacon and printed by Ward’s of Dunston. It concentrated on events such as the visit to Cherryburn of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1988.
Cherryburn was acquired by the National Trust in 1990. From that time the Birthplace Trust was wound up and its members re–combined to found the Bewick Society, with a broader remit no longer tied to the Cherryburn buildings but rather focussing on the lives and works of Thomas and John Bewick. The new Society wanted to continue the publication of the Cherryburn Times and a new Editor, David Gray of Northumbria University, was elected by the members, starting in 1993. From the autumn of 1995 Cherryburn Times was typeset by John L. Wolfe of the School of Design at Northumbria University and printed at the University’s Printing department. John Wolfe carried on with this task for more than ten years, working way past his retirement until David Gray, having sat at his elbow twice a year to produce it, finally learnt how to do it himself in 2007.
David Gray sadly died in 2015. David was very proud of his editorship of the Cherryburn Times. In 21 years he produced 35 issues, helped by a team of loyal lieutenants. In 2013 and 2014 special large issues of the Cherryburn Times were edited by Dr. David Gardner-Medwin and Dr. Peter Quinn before Marie-Thérèse Mayne (currently Exhibitions Officer at Durham Cathedral) became editor.
In the list below you can click on the thumbnail to read a pdf of the issue. The PDF files date back to 1998. Researchers will be happy to hear that from Summer 2016 earlier issues of the Cherryburn Times including issue 1 from 1987 will be found in bound form in a number of libraries in the North East of England.
D.W.S. GRAY (1939-2015), Editor of the Cherryburn Times, Peter Quinn;
THOMAS BEWICK AND HIS INFLUENCE ON FRENCH WOOD-ENGRAVING IN THE MID 19TH CENTURY, A paper delivered on 25th September 2008, D.W.S. Gray;
JULIA BOYD: A FEW GLEANINGS, A Valediction for David Gray, Nigel Tattersfield;
David, “a fervour for observation” Angus McKie;
Newcastle Polytechnic, Diploma Days, James Hall;
Further Reading, A DWS Gray anthology: read and discuss, Angus McKie;
The Birth of the Cherryburn Times, D.W.S. Gray.
A MAN FOR ALL BEWICK SEASONS David Gardner-Medwin, Cherryburn and the Bewick Society Hugh Dixon; DG-M <email@example.com> Iain Bain;
BEWICK AND THE ‘MEDICAL GENTLEMEN’ Nigel Tattersfield
Tribute to David Gardner‑Medwin Janet Gardner-Medwin 27th June 2014
Bewick’s Art Treasures Return to Newcastle June Holmes
David Gardner-Medwin, A Bewick Bibliography. Peter Quinn
Tributes A selection of the many notes and tributes received by the Bewick Society
A note on John Anderson (1775-1807), the Tilloch testimonial and the diary of William Godwin. by Virginia van der Lande;
The Bewick Prize 2013;
Thomas Bewick and his Apprentices: Paintings, Drawings and Prints Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 30 November 2013 – 9th November 2014 By Marie-Thérèse Mayne Assistant Keeper of Fine & Decorative Art Laing Art Gallery;
Strange Politics traditionalist and retrospective radicalism By Peter Quinn;
New Publication Thomas Bewick Graphic Worlds Nigel Tattersfield
Contents... THE JOHN LAWS SCRAPBOOK CONSERVED by the Editors and Tim Gradon.
JOHN LAWS (1765-1844) by David Gardner-Medwin
SCRAPBOOK, PATTERN BOOK, CATALOGUE OR SOUVENIR? JOHN LAWS' REMARKABLE COLLECTION by Peter Quinn
THE JOHN LAWS SCRAPBOOK: BRINGING DESIGNS TO LIFE By Marie-Thérèse Mayne Assistant Keeper of Fine & Decorative Art Laing Art Gallery
A CELEBRATION FOR A BEWICK SCHOLAR by The Editor (David Gardner-Medwin)
THE PURSUIT OF PRINTING by Jenny Uglow
BACK TO THE FUTURE ‘Putting Genius where it belongs’: June to November 1978 by Peter Quinn
HOW BEWICK SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF THE BANKERS by Nigel Tattersfield
TO BIND FOR GENTLEMEN William Shenstone (1714–1763) — A Quiet Influence by Peter Osborne
A MODEST TRIBUTE HIDDEN IN A MOUNTAIN by Hugh Dixon
A STRAY LEAF AMONG THE HERBS by David Gardner-Medwin
THE BEWICKS AND NORTHUMBRIAN MUSIC by Anne Moore
A PROVISIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF IAIN BAIN’SWORKS ON BEWICK by the Editor with the aid of Peter Quinn, Nigel Tattersfield and Graham Williams.
IAIN BAIN by Graham Williams
- Contents... Thomas Bewick's Ancestry Part 3: His Mother's Family by David Gardner-Medwin
- Contents... The Bewick Prize 2012 Annual Prize awarded at the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers Awarded for the first time to Sue Scullard The Pitmen Print by Julian Whybra A drawing by John Anderson, pupil of Thomas Bewick by Virginia van der Lande A Recent Gift to the Natural History Society of Northumbria. Fall of a Giant. Audubon's Wood Engraving? Obituary Viscount Ridley, KG
- Contents... THOMAS BEWICK The Complete Illustrative Work by Nigel Tattersfield. Review by D.W.S. Gray. Obituary ALEX FOTHERINGHAM (born 22 May 1940, died 13-14 June 2012)
Cherryburn Times: Volume 5 Number 9 Winter 2011
- Contents... Thomas Bewick's Ancestry by David Gardner-Medwin Part 2. His Grandfather, Thomas Bewick APPENDIX: Acomb Moore, Mickley West Bank and Eltringham Common collieries. Editor's Note on the genealogy of Thomas Bewick
Cherryburn Times: Easter 2011– Volume 5 No. 8
Contents... Ill Met by Moonlight - by John Bewick Thomas Bewick's Ancestry by David Gardner-Medwin Part 1. His Father, John Bewick and the Arthurs of Kirkheaton Addenda and Corrgenda including a note on the "poor Russain Sailor" A New President.
Cherryburn Times: Summer 2010– Volume 5 No. 7 -
Contents... Bewick's Account Book Marginalia by Margaret Chard. Obituary: Bob Browell. (HD) Obituary: Ian McKie. (DWSG) A New Chairman for the Society.
Cherryburn Times: Summer 2009 – Volume 5 No. 6.
Contents... Thomas Bewick in Scotland by Peter Quinn. Bewick Collections Re-Opened in Newcastle by the editor.
Cherryburn Times: Easter 2009 – Volume 5 No. 5
Contents... Ruskin's Annotations to Bewick's Birds by Peter Osborne
Cherryburn Times: Summer 2008 – Volume 5 No. 4
Contents... Drawn on the Wood by Thomas Bewick: a Missing Link by Graham Carlisle Obituary Notices: Margaret Weedon (1918-2006), Brian North Lee, FSA (1936-2007) and John William Borden (1926-2008)
Cherryburn Times: Special edition, 2007 – Volume 5 No. 3
Contents... A newly discovered manuscript memoir of Bewick by George Clayton Atkinson. Introduced and presented by David Gardner-Medwin. This special edition is 16 pages long to accommodate the full text of Atkinson’s memoir.
Cherryburn Times: Easter 2007 – Volume 5 No. 2
Contents... The Many Faces of Bewick. Two Reviews of Jenny Uglow’s new Biography. The Bewick Family Tree. Bewick’s White Owl. Poems by Simon Curtis & Keith Armstrong.
Cherryburn Times: Summer 2006 – Volume 5 No. 1
Contents... An American Wood–engraver by Abigail Rorer. Thomas Bewick and John Clare: Two Rooted Men by R.K.R. Thornton. A note on a matter of policy for the Society (support for acquisitions)
Cherryburn Times: Easter 2006 – Volume 4 No. 9
Contents... The Wild Cattle at Chillingham by DWS Gray. Bewick’s Land Birds: Hand Coloured Copies by Graham Carlisle.
Cherryburn Times: Spring 2005 – Volume 4 No. 8
Contents... The Cherryburn Book Collection by Felicity Stimpson. The Frightened Hare: Thomas Bewick and Animals by Charles Bird. Advanced notice of the Chillingham visit.
Cherryburn Times: Easter 2005 – Volume 4 No. 7
Contents... A new portrait of Thomas Bewick. A Bewick Grail?, by David Gardner-Medwin. Jane Bewick’s jaunt to the Lake District in 1836, by David Gardner-Medwin.
Cherryburn Times: Spring 2004 – Volume 4 No. 6
Contents... Black Beauty, by Charles Bird. Selected Fables, 1820: A conundrum solved, by Christopher Dean. Thomas Bewick’s Waterbirds: The Bicentenary, by David Gardner-Medwin.
Cherryburn Times: Christmas 2003 – Volume 4 No. 5
Contents... Thomas Bewick's 250th birthday. Birthday celebrations at Cherryburn. Unveiling of the new bronze Chillingham Bull.
Cherryburn Times: Spring 2003 – Volume 4 No. 4
Contents... Douglas Mennear & Raymond Watkinson: obituaries and tributes. Simon Schama’s Bewick. London walkabout 2002, by Charles Bird. Reviews: John Bewick-Engraver on Wood. Story of Ovingham. An Engraver's Globe. The Life and Work of Robert Gibbings.
Cherryburn Times: Christmas 2002 – Volume 4 No. 3
Contents... Alan Angus: obituary and tribute. London walkabout 2001, by Charles Bird. Review of Simon Schama on Bewick, by Dr Peter Quinn. ‘The Sniffing Dogs’ – a solution from Graham Carlisle.
Cherryburn Times: Spring 2002 – Volume 4 No. 2
Contents... Thomas Bewick and John Hancock, by David Gardner-Medwin. Thomas Bewick, the Barber Surgeons and the ‘Cot’ at the Forth, by David Gardner-Medwin. Two Bewick Drawings from the collection of the Natural History Society, by June Holmes. Thomas Bewick and ‘Tomorrow’s History’ Project.
Cherryburn Times: Spring 2001 – Volume 4 No. 1
Contents... Corresponding members. Iain Bain on Thomas Bewick's Letters, by Hugh Dixon. John Bewick (1760-95), Engraver on Wood. Review of Maurice Rickards’s The Encyclopaedia of Ephemera, by Nigel Tattersfield.
Cherryburn Times Spring 2000 - Volume 3 No. 9
From the Chair, Hugh Dixon; Thomas Bewick at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle, review by Paul Barlow. ‘A Pretty Piratical Book of Pictures’ by Brian Alderson.
Cherryburn Times: Christmas 1999 – Volume 3 No. 8
Contents... ‘Bookplates by Beilby and Bewick’ by Nigel Tattersfield, reviewed by Dr Frank Atkinson. A Mystery Solved, by Alan Angus. A New Bewick Manuscript: the Memorial to the Misses Bewick, by June Holmes.
Cherryburn Times: Spring 1999 – Volume 3 No. 7
Contents... Excommunication at Ovingham! A History of Printing Inks by Conservation students at the University of Northumbria.
Cherryburn Times Christmas 1998 - Volume 3 No.6
Bewick Graves in Ovingham Churchyard by Frank Atkinson; Thomas Bewick's Nineteenth Century Jubilee 1800-01; The Thomas Bewick Metro Train