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Amy Flagg Blue Plaque

 

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Amy Flagg

A commemorative blue plaque for local historian and wartime photographer, Amy Flagg, was unveiled on 8 March 2022.

Miss Amy Flagg (1893 - 1965) was a well-known figure in South Shields, using her Brownie Box camera to record daily life and the changes in the town during the 1930s.

Her work is most notable for the haunting images she took on the outbreak of the Second World War, particularly the aftermath of enemy air raids.

These photographs have come to be an important and unique record of the impact of the war on the area.

In addition to her love of photography, Amy had a passion for researching the town's history and was a keen local volunteer.

On her death in 1965, she left her extensive collection of photographs and notes to South Shields Public Library. The collection is still available today at The Word.

She will forever be remembered as one of the town's most important photographers and local historians and for the incredible legacy she left behind.

The commemorative plaque for Amy is located at her former family home, Chapel House in Westoe Village.

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