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The dates for the 2015 Heritage Open Days will be Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th September.

The full list of events will appear on the TWHODS web site on 1st August and according to a reply from them I got, it's going to be "a bumper year" :cheers:

The national site for all listings is: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

The local site for Tyne & Wear is: https://www.hodstw.org.uk/

So what are you hoping to go to see this year? Anyone know of any sites that are going to be featured?
 

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Forum Cinema Hexham

I visited The Forum in Hexham on Thursday and can't complain when you can get a meal and a pint of foreign lager for £ 9. It's a nice place to eat as well as most of the cinema features have been retained and you can watch a subtitled version of BBC News while you eat. My review is now on Trip Advisor under the pen name of Glenn A946.
Well here's one of the events of the Heritage Open Days which may appeal to you:

Forum Cinema Hexham, Market Place, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1XF

A chance to see the working projection room - compare the original 35mm projector with the modern digital projector and satellite receiver. Event not suitable for children under the age of 8.

Opening Times
Friday 11 September: 1600-1730
Saturday 12 September: 1100-1630
Sunday 13 September: 1415-1630

Booking Details


Pre-booking: Required
Booking Contact: Hexham Tourist Information Centre
Call: 01434 620450
Email: [email protected]
Write to: Wentworth Car Park, Hexham NE46 3PJ
Booking opens: 31 July 2015 10:30
Booking closes: 11 September 2015 14:30
Access

The projection room can only be reached via two flights of narrow steep stairs

Additional information

Max 6 people per tour/session. Tours last approx 30 mins.
Website

Organised by

www.visithexham.net


Forum Cinema Hexham
- See more at: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/...m-projection-room-tours1#sthash.jhHfLsid.dpuf


Also this one:

Forum Cinema Hexham, Market Place, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1XF

The Forum Cinema is launching a cultural heritage project in autumn 2015. The project will focus initially on collecting memories, images and experiences of the Forum Cinema throughout its history from audience members and staff past and present. This material will be used to create an exhibition to be displayed during the heritage open days weekend as an official launch of the project. As a result of this, we hope to further encourage visitors to participate in the project by contributing their own memories and experiences, which will then be used to create an online 'History of the Forum Cinema' archive, which will be launched as part of the 80th birthday celebrations at the Forum in 2017, and will be accompanied by on screen archive material commissioned and curated via a collaboration between the Forum Cinema and the North East Yorkshire Film Archives.

Opening Times


Thursday 10 September: 1600-2000
Friday 11 September: 1600-2000
Saturday 12 September: 1130-2000
Sunday 13 September: 1400-2000

Booking Details
No booking required

Website
www.visithexham.net

Organised by

www.forumhexham.co.uk

Forum Cinema Hexham
- See more at: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/...e-exhibition-and-project#sthash.jnvllkif.dpuf
 

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FROM STING TO STEPHENSON

From the North Tyneside Council web site @ http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/browse-display.shtml?p_ID=561904&p_subjectCategory=23
FROM STING TO STEPHENSON
Issued by: Aileen Brewis Published: 05-AUG-15

From rock star Sting to railway pioneer Stephenson...

Many fascinating buildings, interesting places, guided walks and hidden gems in North Tyneside will be opening their doors to the public free of charge for Heritage Open Days annual weekend in September.

In North Tyneside there are 40 venues, events and activities taking place over the four from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September. Many are not usually open to the public and this is a unique opportunity to explore these sometimes hidden, often curious, and always interesting places in the borough.

From walks and talks through to paintings and photographs, grand architecture or industrial heritage there's plenty to do right across North Tyneside.

New to the programme this year are:
- 'The Geordie Lamp': Celebrating the Stephenson Legacy - Friday 11th September 10.30-11.30am at White Swan CFC
- 'Linskill Life' at the Linskill Centre - a celebration of the school history of the Linskill Centre site Sat 12th and Sunday13th10am-4pm.
- TyneIdols Tour Bus Taster - Friday 11th September - tours leave every hour on the hour starting at 1pm from outside Tynemouth Station.
- Historic Tynemouth Local History Walk - Friday 11th September 1pm -3pm.
- A Sting in the Trail - Wallsend Local History walk gives an insight into Sting's time in Wallsend - Thursday 10th September 1pm-3pm.
- Whitley Bay Masonic Hall - Sat 12th/Sun 13th September 11am- 4pm.
- SuperHome Open Day - 12th September 9am and 11am tours.

Cllr Eddie Darke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: "For this year's heritage open days we've organised an excellent programme of events and opportunities so residents can learn about the rich heritage of our borough. People probably don't realise how much interesting history we have on our doorstep. I hope that people will take advantage of these events and get an insight into the history that is all around them."

For more information and booking details look out for the Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear leaflet in your local library or log onto www.hodstw.org.uk to find all the detailed information to plan your weekend.
 

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Tyne and Wear gears up for annual Heritage Open Days programme

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/tyne-wear-gears-up-annual-9923772
Tyne and Wear gears up for annual Heritage Open Days programme
By Tony Henderson 18:30, 25 August 2015


The Castlegate Building on Melbourne Street, Newcastle

Each year, the visitor figures for the annual Heritage Open Days programme prove that the North East public has a keen appetite for the region’s history and traditions. And in this year’s HODs event in Tyne and Wear, which runs from September 10-13, a family firm will be lining up a treat.

Dicksons is opening its factory at Middlefields in South Shields for tours on September 10 and 11. The company’s big seller - the saveloy sausage - is up there with the stottie and pease pudding as a traditional North East speciality. Princess Anne visited the Dicksons factory last year and went home with her saveloys. The company, which has 24 shops, sells around 50,000 saveloys a week and all told the firm turns out about 50 tonnes of produce weekly including other sausages, ham, bacon, coleslaw, pease pudding. bread and bakery products.

Last year’s Tyne and Wear HODS offered 172 buildings, tours and talks, which attracted 41,260 visits. This made it one of the biggest and best HODS in the country. This year, the 14th Tyne and Wear HODS is presenting 191 buildings and activities, with Gateshead returning to the fold after previously dropping out because of budget cuts.

The programme is being sponsored by Port of Tyne, whose chief executive Andrew Moffat said: “It is very special to be involved with heritage events and site openings allowing the public to get into both the unusual and familiar for free.” The launch event will take place at the listed CastleGate building in Melbourne Street in Newcastle, which is the base for the City Church and is also used for a variety of events from conferences to weddings.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/tyne-wear-gears-up-annual-9923772
 

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Heritage Open Days allow access to South Tyneside’s architecture and culture

From the Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/...tyneside-s-architecture-and-culture-1-7434135
Heritage Open Days allow access to South Tyneside’s architecture and culture
By Verity Ward 28th August 2015



History enthusiasts can explore the rich architecture and culture of South Tyneside for free. The annual Heritage Open Days will be returning to the borough from September 10 to 13.

The event provides people with a opportunity to discover and enjoy, sometimes hidden and often curious, interesting architectural treasures, with free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Coun Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure at South Tyneside Council, said: “Heritage Open Days offer people a once-in-a-year chance to explore South Tyneside’s wonderful architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of free events and activities that bring local history to life. We have a great wealth of fascinating buildings, places and attractions that capture our rich and diverse heritage, and I am delighted to see that so many of them are taking part this year. There are a wide variety of events being held and I’m sure it will be a busy weekend for the borough. Whether people are into history, architecture, culture or just want to know more about the area, Heritage Open Days offer a rare opportunity to go and have a closer look at some of the fantastic heritage we have here in South Tyneside.”

New to this year’s programme of events is the Eco Centre in Hebburn, which is one of Europe’s most environmentally friendly buildings, and the new Hebburn Central facility, where residents can explore the rich industrial heritage of the town.

Dicksons family butchers is also offering people a chance to have a tour of their factory at Middlefields Industrial Estate, while local artist Graham Hodgson will be giving people a rare opportunity to see him at work on a large-scale painting using oil on canvas at Hawthorn Arts 
in Westoe Road, South Shields.

Read more @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/...tyneside-s-architecture-and-culture-1-7434135
 

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Well my first visit of the day didn't go well - Behind the Scenes Tour of the Tyne & Wear Museum at Blandford Street.

I had particularly booked that tour as I haven't seen the top floor hall before - the old Co-op Banqueting Hall. Low and behold, not on today's tour as it had been hired out for an accountancy examination.

Bit of a shame.
 

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Heritage Open Days 2015

Anyone been to any of the events or visited any of the properties as yet?

I am hoping to have a little look at the Castle tomorrow.

Killhope Wheel is also open for FREE this weekend. I went a couple of years ago and it is very likely you will see RED squirrels.
 

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Anyone been to any of the events or visited any of the properties as yet?

I am hoping to have a little look at the Castle tomorrow.

Killhope Wheel is also open for FREE this weekend. I went a couple of years ago and it is very likely you will see RED squirrels.
Went up to Killhope Wheel yesterday, and there are plenty of Red squirrels to be seen! Quite an enjoyable couple of hours. We were there as things were starting to wind down for the day so it was quite serene and we had the chance to take lots of good photographs.

Word of advice though - check the date on anything you get in the gift shop. Managed to leave with a couple of bars of fudge that had expired almost a month ago!
 

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Heritage Open Days 2015 - Gateshead area

Just in from visits in the rain to the following:-

Gateshead Little Theatre

St Chad's Curch

Bensham Grove Community Centre

Durham Rd Baptist Church (another view after 2013 visit)


Pictures and info etc to follow in due course

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Just in from visits in the rain to the following:-

Gateshead Little Theatre

St Chad's Curch

Bensham Grove Community Centre

Durham Rd Baptist Church (another view after 2013 visit)


Pictures and info etc to follow in due course

KEN
Yes two days of good sunshine and the rain had to spoil things :eek:hno:

A real shame as there were numerous walks planned for today as part of the Heritage Open Days.

Also St Edmund's Chapel on Gateshead High Street were planning a BBQ today.

Still its a better forecast for tomorrow, fingers crossed.
 

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Heritage Open Days 2015 - The Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12/09/15 Part 1 of 9

Pictures taken Saturday 12/09/15 in period approx 1000 - 1115 on Heritage Open Days 2015 (perhaps having more access than others may have on their visit due to having association with the theatre via my late father)

First a screen print of Google Maps image showing the theatre (original building + 2 terraced houses to the west) at junction of Avenue Rd and Saltwell View, Gateshead



This picture of the building one of a few by myself from post http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=103175755&postcount=572 on 12/05/13 as work to new extension at that time was nearing completion



(it was raining very heavily at time of visit on 12/09/15 hence no exterior pictures)

The interior

Main entrance/ foyer/reception





Auditorium & stage area









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Heritage Open Days 2015 - The Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12/09/15 Part 2 of 9

Part 2 of 9

Pictures taken Saturday 12/09/15 in period approx 1000 - 1115 on Heritage Open Days 2015

Basement workshop areas etc including one of the many areas used as storage - chairs of various age for use as onstage props











Dressing Room areas, with some of early/previous play material on display











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Heritage Open Days 2015 - The Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12/09/15 Part 3 of 9

Part 3 of 9

Pictures taken Saturday 12/09/15 in period approx 1000 - 1115 on Heritage Open Days 2015

Dressing Room areas, with some of early/previous play material on display (continued)











Architectural drawings for the original 1943 building









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Heritage Open Days 2015 - The Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12/09/15 Part 4 of 9

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Pictures taken Saturday 12/09/15 in period approx 1000 - 1115 on Heritage Open Days 2015

Archive Room





Around the circulation area and Members Club Room

















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Heritage Open Days 2015 - The Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12/09/15 Part 5 of 9

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Pictures taken Saturday 12/09/15 in period approx 1000 - 1115 on Heritage Open Days 2015

Miscellaneous props in storage















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Heritage Open Days 2015 - The Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12/09/15 Part 6 of 9

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Pictures taken Saturday 12/09/15 in period approx 1000 - 1115 on Heritage Open Days 2015



Small prop storage - crockery, glassware etc







Bar Area











Vision & Sound Room with view of the stage









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Heritage Open Days 2015 - The Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12/09/15 Part 7 of 9

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Pictures taken Saturday 12/09/15 in period approx 1000 - 1115 on Heritage Open Days 2015

Ground Floor circulation







Display Cases with examples of props being used in current play





Coffee area









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