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 2017 Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference - May 13th - Save The Date!

The next TWHF Conference will be held on May 13th 2017. Venue, Speakers, Workshops etc will be confirmed in due course.
Contact us on info@twhf.co.uk if you are interested in sponsoring this event or would just like to be added to our mailing list.

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

  • HeritageACT! Project - Wideopen Waggonway

    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 "Wideopen Waggonway Project"

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  • HeritageACT! Grant Funding for Community Groups

    As part of our HeritageACT! scheme supported by Historic England, TWHF arranged for a Project Planning Workshop for our HeritageACT!Groups to attend.

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  • HeritageACT! Community Groups Legal Status, Governance, Skills and Funding.

    Hardly a subject to get the blood racing!

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  • HeritageACT! Project - Parsons Plaque

    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 - the third is "Parsons Plaque" by The Friends of The Discovery Museum. We will let David Murray take up the story :

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  • HeritageACT! Project - Saltwell Park

    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 - the second is "Saltwell Park". We will let Michael Turner, Chair of Friends of Saltwell Park take up the story :

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  • HeritageAct! Project - Lowick Lime Kilns

    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 - the first is "Lowick Lime Kilns". We will let Philip Hanson take up the story :

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  • Friends of Walker Park January Newsletter

    The Walker Park Newsletter for January and February 2017 is now available.

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  • Friends of Walker Park November Newsletter

    The Walker Park Newsletter for November and December 2016 is now available.

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  • Have You Ever Wondered What is inside Newcastle's Guildhall?

    Tickets are still available for next Saturday!

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  • War Memorials Workshop Newcastle 23rd November

    It is over two years since the Prime Minister announced a national programme to survey and restore many of the country’s First World War memorials

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Events

  • Gertrude Bell. "The Desert Queen"

    Killingworth Local History Society

    Tue 24th Jan 2017 - 7:30 PM

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  • "Forget Carter"

    Gateshead Local History Society

    Thu 2nd Feb 2017 - 7:00 PM

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  • Beamish - Making A Museum

    Ponteland Civic Society

    Mon 27th Feb 2017 - 7:30 PM

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  • Rescued from the sea - Archaeology of Cresswell.

    Killingworth Local History Society

    Tue 28th Feb 2017 - 7:30 PM

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  • Architecture in Gateshead

    Gateshead Local History Society

    Thu 2nd Mar 2017 - 7:00 PM

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  • AGM & Jesmond Dene

    Ponteland Civic Society

    Mon 27th Mar 2017 - 7:30 PM

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  • Spital Tongues and the Victoria Tunnel

    Killingworth Local History Society

    Tue 28th Mar 2017 - 7:30 PM

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  • "All my yesterdays"

    Gateshead Local History Society

    Thu 6th Apr 2017 - 7:00 PM

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  • Cresswell's Curiosities

    Ponteland Civic Society

    Mon 24th Apr 2017 - 7:30 PM

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  • Miners Banners

    Killingworth Local History Society

    Tue 25th Apr 2017 - 7:30 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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