Welcome to Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum 
                               

 

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 on Saturday 23 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.

One of the aims of the conference was 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.

The 2016 Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference

'Innovation, Invention, Industrialisation' conference was held in January 2016 to celebrate the role of Tyne & Wear in the industrial revolution and HeritageACT! was launched - to engage local communities in the conservation of their heritage.

Adam Hart-Davis & John Grundy were our keynote speakers

 

Conference Writeup

HeritageAct! Launched

 

 

 

News and Events

News

  • Newcastle's Motorcycling Pioneers at Discovery

    An exhibition celebrating the motorcycling heritage of J.R Moore, Jesmond/Dene Motorcycles 1898-1922

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  • Friends of Walker Park July Newsletter

    The Walker Park Newsletter for July and August 2016 is now available.

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  • Events in & around Sunderland (mainly of a historical interest) July Issue

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - JULY ISSUE

    (events in and around Sunderland, mainly of a historical interest)

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  • Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum appoint Project Manager

    TWHF have now completed the appointment process for the project management consultant.

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  • June & July Events in & around Sunderland (mainly of a historical interest)

    Dates for your diary to the end of July

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  • The Mayor's Tales - Guildhall Performances!

    Sunday June 12th sees 2 performances of "The Mayor's Tales" by Newcastle City Guides in the splendid surroundings of the Newcastle Guildhall.

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  • Saltwell Park - Needs You!

    TWHF Member, Friends of Saltwell Park are holding a meeting on Saturday 25 June 2016, 9.30am at Gateshead Old Town Hall

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  • C. A. Parsons - Heaton Works Journals Project

    As part of FODMs Science and Industry Library Project Chris Watson and David Murray have been electronically indexing the Parsons Heaton Works Journals and have now finished.

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  • Friends of Walker Park May Newsletter & Friends Meeting

    The Walker Park Newsletter for May & June 2016 is now available and their latest meeting will be held on Saturday May 14th at 10.30am.

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  • Newcastle's Motorcycling Pioneers - Volunteers needed

    The Discovery Museum will be hosting a fabulous new exhibition "Newcastle's Motorcycling Pioneers Part 1" which will take place over 3 weeks from 28th August-19th September 2016.

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Events

  • Classic VW Weekend

    Tanfield Railway

    Sat 27th Aug 2016 - 10:00 AM

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  • Newcastle City Highlights - Daily Walking Tour

    Newcastle City Guides

    Sat 27th Aug 2016 - 10:30 AM

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  • Classic VW Weekend

    Tanfield Railway

    Sun 28th Aug 2016 - 10:00 AM

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  • North Shields Quayside

    Newcastle City Guides

    Sun 28th Aug 2016 - 2:30 PM

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  • Newcastle City Highlights - Daily Walking Tour

    Newcastle City Guides

    Sun 28th Aug 2016 - 10:30 AM

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  • Newcastle City Highlights - Daily Walking Tour

    Newcastle City Guides

    Mon 29th Aug 2016 - 10:30 AM

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  • Discovery Science Maze - Running The Engines

    Friends of Discovery Museum

    Tue 30th Aug 2016 - 10:00 AM

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  • Newcastle City Highlights - Daily Walking Tour

    Newcastle City Guides

    Tue 30th Aug 2016 - 10:30 AM

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  • Tunnel Tours Most Days in August - Visit our Website

    Victoria Tunnel

    Wed 31st Aug 2016 - 10:30 AM

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  • Bradford Kaims, a prehistoric landscape

    Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

    Wed 31st Aug 2016 - 6:00 PM

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Latest Case Studies

Killingworth Locomotive Sculpture

Killingworth Locomotive Sculpture

Last year the Newcastle & Northumberland Society was asked to support the Killingworth Local History Society in their campaign to have the Locomotive sculpture restored and placed in a prominent part of the town. The sculpture, which was fixed to the bridge link of the now demolished Killingworth Centre, was created by the late Charles Sansbury of Allendale [1916 -1989] and it was his own interpretation of the early development of railways...

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Carters Well Pump

Carter's Well, Low Fell

Low Fell Forum is a community organisation that was set up with support from Gateshead Council. Our latest case study involves the Low Fell Forum and their plans for Carter's Well on Durham Road. The pump and commemorative plaque on Durham Road is pictured.

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