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 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.

HERITAGEACT!

WE NEED YOU!

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!

MENTORING

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

HOW?

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.

WHY?

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.

WHO WE ARE

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

News and Events

News

  • Heritage and Interactive Technology Workshop - 31st January 2018

    Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum have teamed up with Newcastle University research group Open Lab to look at the possibilities new digital technology can bring to how we interact with our heritage.

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  • John Grundy announced as Speaker for our Conference

    We're delighted to be welcoming Architectural Historian and Broadcaster John Grundy to our fantastic line-up for our 2nd Annual Conference on May 13th.

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  • TWHF Conference - Tickets on Sale Now!

    Tickets are on sale now for TWHF's 2017 Conference!

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  • New TWHF Member - Friends of Segedunum

    TWHF's newest member is the Friends of Segedunum

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  • TWHF New Member - Wallsend Local History Society

    TWHF's newest member is the Wallsend Local History Society - who will be involved in our conference at Wallsend Memorial Hall on Sat May 13th.

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  • National Trust - Hang Your Head!

    An appalling decision by the National Trust - without consulting their members or local people

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  • HeritageACT! Project - History of the Electricity Supply in NE England

    Our HeritageACT! scheme supported by Historic England is now well under way. We thought we would update you with some of the projects that are running - this is the "History of the Electricity Supply in NE England"

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  • HeritageACT! Project - Puffing Billy Trail

    Our HeritageACT! scheme supported by Historic England is now well under way. We thought we would update you with some of the projects that are running - this is the "Puffing Billy Trail"

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  • Land of Oak & Iron - Conserve, Enhance, Celebrate

    Land Of Oak & Iron are TWHF's latest member.

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  • Join our Mailing List!

    Join TWHF's Mailing List here

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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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