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Most of the archival material has been found in collections at Tyne & Wear Archives, the Lit & Phil, Robinson Library at Newcastle University, Gateshead Central Library and Newcastle City Library. The material found includes the personal items of Elizabeth and Robert Spence Watson including hand written letters to and from family members and acquaintances (including many prominent Victorian artists, poets, politicians, social activists, academics, scientists and adventurers); a hand written poetry book; and typed books of recollections of their time in the house. These items include discussions and recollections about visitors to the house, talks by speakers at the Lit & Phil and Armstrong College, concerning local elections, social and historical issues as well as mundane family life. There is also discourse concerning educational reform, the suffragette movement and the promotion of women in education and society.