Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18

Past Production
Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18


iBooks and installations bringing First World War Tyneside back to life

Marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Reflections of Newcastle explores the intellectual, cultural and social life of Newcastle during the First World War with three new iBooks.

A mixture of fact and fiction, the iBooks feature three city walks and combine intimate storytelling with a rich collection of archive materials – telling stories of the city as never heard before.

Choose a character to lead your tour - young munitions worker Addy Dixon, injured soldier Johnny Atkinson or siblings Harry and Emmy Fisher whose father has gone to war. Watch footage of your guides as they recount their wartime experiences, listen to music of the time and discover the fascinating archive materials which inspired and informed these stories of life on the home front.


Download the iBooks for free at or from iTunes

Visit the Lit and Phil where iPads are available to borrow.
Check out our JG Windows installation, taking you back in time through music.

Written by Fiona Ellis
Directed by Cinzia Hardy
Filming & Photography by Matt Jamie & Donna-Lisa Healy
Costume Design by Imogen Cloët & Joy Sanders
iBook Designed by Julia Dobson

Partners: Lit and Phil, Northumbria University, Newcastle College

Funders: The Heritage Lottery Fund

What people said

'Reflections gives us some facts of WW1 in a sensitive, imaginative and highly personal way. I so enjoyed the secret worlds of the light boxes.'

'A great way to be shown around the town, all those things not noted on a usual visit.'

'Interesting visit to the Lit & Phil today, departing with the soldiers to Central Station.'

'Innovative and purposeful use of technology, beautifully presented. Clever combination of fact and fiction.'

'We loved the trail!'

'I really enjoyed working with the new ipad app... and  especially the pictures you could swipe to reveal places around Newcastle.'