North East heritage conference looks to the future

Local heritage champions will unveil their plans at a conference next year – but stress that attending the event is only the start.

The Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum, an alliance of heritage bodies and individuals in the North East , will host the first annual Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference on 23 January, 2016, at The Biscuit Factory.

The event, titled ‘Innovation, Invention, Industrialisation’, will see local heritage and history groups join forces with members of the public.

The programme will be sponsored by Newcastle-based architectural practice GW Architectural.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “A conference on its own 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.

“One of the aims of the conference will be to draw attention to how this industrial heritage can be preserved with examples of successful schemes such as the Tyne and 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.

Guy Whitehead, managing director at GW Architectural, said: “There does not seem to be a lot of support for smaller groups who want to do things so we hope this will give them a bit more weight to get funding.”

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