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2019 TWHF Conference Saturday March 23rd - Tickets on sale now!


The next TWHF Conference "Heritage Trails" will be held on March 23rd 2019 at the fantastic Wallsend Memorial Hall.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Michael Chaplin.

The following talks and interactive workshops will also feature at the conference

  • From Waggonways to Railways - Hetton Railway Group
  • Using Architectural Drawings and Images to Illustrate and Interpret Trails – Allan White, retired architect
  • Heritage in the Planning System – Judith Miller, Townscape Heritage Project Officer at Sunderland Council
  • Digitising Heritage Trails with OurPlace – Dan Richardson, postgraduate researcher at Open Lab, Newcastle University
  • Interpretive Mapping for Trails – Charles Danby, artist and senior lecturer in contemporary art at Northumbria University
  • Geordie Songlines – a pop-up choir session open to all – Judith Murphy, Education Organiser and Active Voices Project Coordinator at the WEA

Free Car Parking will be available on the nearby old Swan Hunters site 


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The Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum (TWHF) is an alliance of organisations committed to celebrating the dynamics and momentum that characterised the industrial revolution at the same time as preserving and protecting those remaining elements associated with this period of industrialisation which has so heavily marked our region.

The TWHF started by organising a conference in January 2016: 'Innovation, Invention, Industrialisation', a conference to celebrate the central contribution of Tyne & Wear to the industrial revolution, to which members of all the different local heritage and history groups were invited, as well as members of the public. Adam Hart-Davis and John Grundy were the keynote speakers.

Read 2016 Conference Writeup

Our 2017 Conference had keynote speakers Lord Alan Beith, Viscount Matt Ridley and John Grundy and was held in the Wallsend Memorial Hall.

Read 2017 Conference Writeup

One of the aims of our conferences is to draw attention to how this industrial heritage can be preserved with examples of successful schemes such as the Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust's conservation of Dunston Staithes on the river Tyne at Gateshead but also, buildings associated with this period that are at currently at risk or have recently disappeared.

A conference on its own however, can only - through the presentations of a range of key note speakers - remind the invited audience of the contribution made by the region to national and international development and provide successful examples of preservation work. What it does not do is set in place a movement to protect and preserve the local heritage. When the Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum was set up it decided that rather than being an organisation meeting together to discuss matters of mutual interest, it wanted to become involved in conservation work, at a time of reduced funding for heritage projects. It seems important therefore, to see the conference not as a one off occasion but rather as the launch of something more definite and sustained. The aim is to persuade delegates leaving the conference to become actively engaged in conservation work and to provide them with the means to do so.



Are you a member of a community heritage or amenity society?

Do you have a local heritage feature, site, landscape or building that you are interested in developing and sharing?

Contact us on info@twhf.co.uk to discuss your heritage project!


Participation in the HeritageACT! scheme will open up a network of professional and experienced advisors to help you shape your own project.

If you have experience working in the historic environment and with community organisations, and would like to join our list of project mentors, please get in touch with us at info@twhf.co.uk


HeritageACT! provides advice and support for heritage and history groups wishing to better understand, protect and improve access to a historic structure or place in their communities.

We can provide mentoring in areas such as project development, understanding significance, conservation, understanding statutory and planning frameworks, applying for funding, setting up a charity, developing partnerships, creating interpretation and learning programmes and more.

We can work with you to create a project blueprint, that you can use to unlock the full potential of your local heritage.


The industrial heritage which formed the lives of local communities over a period of 250 years began to disappear in the 1950's. Those surviving features associated with this period deserve recognition and preservation as a reminder of a key period in the narrative of each community.

We believe that those living and working within local communities are the best placed to share the stories of their own neighbourhoods and how they evolved.


HeritageACT! is a new initiative in the North East that will enable local heritage and history groups to develop projects that conserve, share and celebrate the region's past.

Focussing on remains from the industrial age, HeritageACT! has a network of professional expertise to provide mentoring and practical support to local heritage groups. This will help people learn the skills required to develop, finance and deliver heritage conservation and interpretation projects.

HeritageAct! The First Year

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