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 - Tickets on sale now!

The next TWHF Conference will be held on May 13th 2017 at the fantastic Wallsend Memorial Hall.

Our Keynote Speakers will be The Viscount Ridley DL, John Grundy and The Rt Hon. the Lord Beith.

The Conference will be a celebration of the industrial and social heritage of Tyne & Wear and the wider region and will feature :

  • Lessons from the ongoing community projects supported by the Forum

  • Presentations of best practice for local heritage groups

  • Keynote Speakers - Lord Alan Beith and Viscount Matt Ridley

  • Our Popular Workshops

The Conference is Supported by Historic England

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

Contact us on info@twhf.co.uk if you are interested in sponsoring this event or require more info or would just like to be added to our mailing list.

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More Details & Conference Programme Here

Read 2016 Conference Writeup

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