These images show elders who come to the Grange Centre working on the six stained glass windows produced in 2000-2001 with Brian Addison a local artist.The six panels are intended to represent a kind of timeline from the early part of the last century to the present. They reflect some of the historical industry and places particular to Throckley, Newburn and Lemington. They also reflect something of the life experiences and memories of retired people using The Grange Day Centre.
The panels also show an indication of the role of The Grange in providing a caring environment where retired people can enjoy a meal, socialise and take part in a variety of stimulating activity.
The ideas for the imagery came through discussions and listening to recollections of memories and life experiences of day centre clients and staff or visitors. From old photographs of the area, photographs of precious objects belonging to clients and staff and from an awareness of the present day role of The Grange. Some of the imagery is derived from transcriptions of drawings and photographs provide by members of the group and much of it was developed through ongoing discussion and criticism as the project progressed
The glass cutting painting and construction was largely carried out on site by quite a small group of loyal and hardworking volunteers, all elders, most of whom had little or no previous experience of any of the skills involved and yet persevered in completing a large and quite difficult project.
this project was financially supported by Kellett Fund at Community Foundation and Newcastle City Council (Art Development)