The 2017 Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference - Saturday May 13th 2017

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Conference and HeritageACT! Supporter

The 2017 TWHF Conference "Celebrating Local Heritage Initiatives" was held on May 13th 2017 at the fantastic Wallsend Memorial Hall.  The event again attracted over 150 individuals and representatives of local history groups who came together to celebrate the contribution of the Tyne & Wear to the industrial revolution under the title "Celebrating Local Heritage Initiatives"

Attendees enjoyed talks from keynote speakers Viscount Matt Ridley Ridley Lord Alan Beith as well as long-time North East ambassador and broadcaster John Grundy.

The Conference was a celebration of the industrial and social heritage of Tyne & Wear and the wider region and featured :

The Conference was Supported by Historic England


 The programme for the day is below as are pdf's of some of our speakers presentations.

Lord Alan Beith - Temples of Tyne & Wear

Viscount Matt Ridley -300 Years of Steam on the Tyne

Carol Bell - Great Exhibition of the North 2018

Lowick Heritage Group - Dryburn Limekilns Project

Jules Brown - Community Action in Conservation Areas

Katharine Birdsall - Accessing Funding for Heritage

Kim Stabler - HeritageACT! - The First Year

Dan Richardson - Open Lab Digital Civics : Highlighting the Value of Community Spaces

Andy Sherman - The CITiZAN project and community archaeology on England’s coastline


Conference Programme

"Celebrating Local Heritage Initiatives"

9.00    Optional Tour of Segedunum by the Friends of Segedunum

9.45    Registration and Coffee

10.00   Conference Opening - Norma Redfearn - Mayor of North Tyneside

10.00   Introduction - John Daniels - Chair Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum

10.05   "Heritage of Wallsend Memorial Hall" - Councillor Gary Madden

10.15   "Great Exhibition of the North 2018" - Carol Bell - Executive Director, Great Exhibition of the North

10.30   "300 Years of Steam on the Tyne" - The Viscount Matt Ridley DL - Keynote Speaker

11.15   Workshops* & Coffee Break

12.15   HeritageAct! - The First Year" - Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum

12.45   "A Year in Review" - Martin Hulse - Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust

1.00    Lunch & Optional Tour to the Buddle Centre with TWBPT & Wallsend LHS

2.00    HeritageAct! - The First Year - Part 2" - Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum

2.30    "Temples of Tyne & Wear-a look at our rich but threatened heritage of chapels" - The Rt Hon. the Lord Alan Beith
                                                                                                                       - Keynote Speaker

3.15    Workshops* & Coffee Break

4.15    HeritageAct! Awards & Closing - John Grundy - Keynote Speaker

5.00    Close

* Workshops

1. "Community Action in Conservation Areas"  - Jules Brown - Historic England

2. "Accessing Funding for Heritage"  - Katharine Birdsall - Heritage Lottery Fund

3. "Bridging the Gap"  - Jude Murphy & Cllr Nigel Todd - Workers Education Association

4. "The Power of Partnership" - Karen Daglish - Land of Oak & Iron

5. "Digital Civics : Highlighting the Value of Community Spaces" - Dan Richardson - Open Lab

6. "The CITiZAN project and community archaeology on England’s coastline" - Andy Sherman -CITiZAN
                                                                                (Coastal & Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)

Displays & Stands

Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust

Wallsend Local History Society

Workers Education Association

Historic England

Friends of Segedunum

Land of Oak & Iron

Explore Lifelong Learning

Newcomen Society

Ironbridge Gorge Museum


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More  Information

Short tour of Segedunum : Meet Ken Hutchinson (Friends of Segedunum) at 9am in Segedunum Car Park for half hour tour of Segedunum inc Bath House etc. (Galleries will not be open).

Visit to Buddle Centre - Lunchtime visit and chat about the history of the building & what the TW Building Preservation Trust intend to do with it. There may be broken glass so please where appropriate footwear!