Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Useful Information for parents in Newcastle, UK

Here’s a list of some useful websites for families living Newcastle upon Tyne. Some of these websites may also be useful to parents living more broadly in and around the North East of England.

Netmums (Newcastle) - parenting advice and local listings:

The Little Pages - free magazine for parents in the North East and Yorkshire listings events and activities for families:

Sure Start Centres (Newcastle):

Baby Dines Out (North East) - child and baby friendly restaurant reviews and advice:

Newcastle Children’s Information Service:

Families Recommend - reviews of family friendly days out in the North East (including some useful reviews for families with special or additional needs):

Newcastle Toy and Leisure Library - supporting children with disabilities:

Family learning courses in Newcastle - including courses on crafts, sports, literacy, numeracy, budgeting and ESOL:

What’s On North East - up-to-date events and activities listings:

Kids Days Out (Tyne and Wear) - events and activities listings for the family:

**More useful websites for parents in the UK, and specifically in the North East, can be found here:

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

'Łódź Ghetto Album by Henryk Ross’

Last week I stumbled upon an exhibition at the Side Gallery in Newcastle entitled ‘Łódź Ghetto Album by Henryk Ross’. It is a touring exhibition from the Archive of Modern Conflict. Sadly this is the last week that the exhibition runs in Newcastle, so if you’re interested in Polish and / or Jewish history, in photojournalism or wartime photography do visit now. Exhibition details are as follows:
‘Łódź Ghetto Album by Henryk Ross’ Thursday 27th January – Saturday 26th March 2011 Gallery opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, Exhibition Free. 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 3JE

To find out more please visit:

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Book- Scotland and Poland: Historical Encounters

Announcing the publication of...

Scotland and Poland
Historical Encounters, 1500-2010

Edited by: Professor T.M. Devine and David Hesse
ISBN: 978190656627
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Birlinn
Format: Paperback
Price: £20.00

Scotland and Poland: Historical Encounters, 1500-2010
Ed. Devine, T.M and Hesse, D, Birlinn: Edinburgh, is a collection of essays exploring more than five centuries of Scottish - Polish interactions.

Chapter 11: Press Reception of Polish Migrants in Scotland, 1940-2010 by Rachel Clements.

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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Polish Migration Projects in the UK

I try to keep the 'interesting projects' page of this blog up-to-date with projects of interest to my research. Here's a selection of the more Polish migration specific projects detailed on the page, which have recently been completed in the UK.

The Essential Guide for Polish Parents

A nine month research project addressing issues presented by Polish Pupils in London Schools was conducted by Rosemary Sales, Louise Ryan, Magda Lopez Rodriguez and Alessio D’Angelo in 2008. Their research, funded by the Economic Social Research Council and Multiverse, has been used to form an essential guide for Polish parents living in Britain. For further information about the project please follow this link to the Economic Social Research Council website: To download ‘The essential guide for Polish parents’ or to read the full report and report summary please follow this link to the University of Middlesex website:

Poland's Migration Challenges

Polish emigration experts Krystyna Iglicka (the Center for International Relations Warsaw), and Magdalena Ziolek-Skrzypczak (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) have produced an excellent online article about the outcome of EU enlargement on Poland. The article includes information about: historical background, immigration to Poland, refugees and asylum seekers, emigration from Poland, Polish citizens abroad, remittances, return migration, Polish immigration policy and Polish integration policy.

Podcasts on Historical Scottish Migration to Poland

As part of the University of St Andrews Scotland and the Wider World, Researchers' Night 2010, Dr Peter Bajer and Professor Waldemar Kowalski have uploaded there papers on to podcasts, downloadable on the Researchers' Night webpage. I think this is a really innovative and exciting way to present research, being free, accessible and public, and both papers present Scottish migrants in a very empathetic manner. The podcasts are downloadable in both Polish and English.

Sport & Physical Activity - Polish Community

The charity Sporting Equals, which aims to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity in the UK, produced this interesting information leaflet in 2010 which highlights issues of Polish health and lifestyle and also gives a brief summary about participation in sport as a migrant group in the UK.

To read more about interesting projects in my research field please visit my blog page: