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Traditionally, we set up a new thread for every years "Heritage Open Days", so here is the (rather early) setting up of the 2016 thread . . .

Funding boost secures Heritage Open Days festival for 2016
By Barbara Hodgson, The Chronicle, 18th February 2016


The interior of Morpeth Clock Tower

The annual Heritage Open Days festival, offering families free access to some of our oldest buildings has received a £150,000 boost. The award for Heritage Open Days has been announced as organisers prepare to launch registration for this year’s event and it helps safeguard the North East’s programme which is one of the country’s best. The money comes, for the second year running, from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Heritage Open Days, which take place over a long weekend every September, sees buildings of every age, style and function open their doors free of charge to the public. For many people it means a chance to see behind the scenes of local treasures they have never visited before and to hear stories about their traditions and histories. They can explore the likes of the old prison cells under Gateshead Old Town Hall and workings of the Swing Bridge over the Tyne or discover the hidden carved chapel within the Seafarers Mission in South Shields. Guided walks, talks, tours and demonstrations all add to a living history experience.

Tyne & Wear is ranked in the top 10 of the busiest counties for organising free events during Heritage Open Days, which, now in its 22nd year, is the largest and longest-running festival of its type. Last September we had the pick of 360 North East events, 190 of them across Tyne and Wear, the sixth highest success in England. This year’s festival will take place from September 8th to the 11th and registration for organisers wanting to take part will open on March 8th.

Read More - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/funding-boost-secures-heritage-open-10904399
 

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Notice of Local History Month 2016 events to be held at Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

POSTED ON THIS THREAD IN ERROR - but left here for information

Some advance notice of Gallery Talks and Tours events to be held at Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead as part of Local History Month 2016

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 1030 - 1200 - Tours of Gallery, COST £4

Tuesday 17 May 2016, 1430 - 1515 Spotlight Tour of The Blaydon Races, COST £2.50

Saturday 21 May 2016, 1030 - 1230, Guided Walk inc Saltwell Park, FREE

(PLUS at other than Local History Month events - Behind the Scenes Art Tours)

See scanned copy of pages from Exhibitions And Events January - June Booklet



Addresses etc as in this scanned copy



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ALSO Posted to "Museums & Galleries" thread

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Dive into South Tyneside's maritime history, Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September 2016

Press Release from South Tyneside Council on their news website on 05/09/16

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An opportunity to delve into South Tyneside's rich maritime history is on offer as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.

Heritage Open Days, which is running this week, from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September, is an exciting opportunity for people to explore a range of architectural treasures, with free access to venues that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.

The Borough's programme of venues, talks and walks will appeal to history buffs, visitors and residents alike.

One of the organisations taking part in the four-day celebration is the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade which this year is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its formation in 1866.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade will be holding an illustrated talk at South Shields Museum, on Friday (9 September), from 2pm until 3pm. Entitled Always Ready for 150 Years'this will focus on the remarkable history, development and future of the organisation. The brigade's historic headquarters will also be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (10-11 September). Its Watch House, on South Pier, dates back to 1867 and is one of the oldest all wooden Victorian buildings in Britain and houses an extensive collection of artefacts, photographs, records and equipment tracing the heritage of the brigade's lifesaving work.


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On Saturday (10 September) there will be a guided tour of the Mission to Seafarers' premises, based in Mill Dam, South Shields, from 1.30pm until 2.30pm, including the beautiful chapel. The charity offers support, solace and practical help to merchant navy sailors from across the globe.


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The North East Maritime Trust in Wapping Street, South Shields, will also be hosting guided tours of its Fishermen's Workshops where wooden historical vessels are restored. The tours, taking place Thursday to Sunday, will give people an opportunity to see maritime heritage items on display.

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For full listings, specific opening times or booking information for events in South Tyneside, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/hod. Copies of the Heritage Open Days booklet are also available at local libraries and the Visitor Information Centre at Haven Point, South Shields.

Full article on http://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/56655/Dive-into-South-Tynesides-maritime-history

NB - for a taster

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade previously covered on this forum on posts with pictures, #1389 - 1398 on http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=987417&page=70

North East Maritime Trust (Boomerang Boat Museum) in Wapping Street previously covered on this forum on numerous posts with pictures, imcluding from post 595 on http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=105071580

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Opening up a world of heritage days

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Plenty on in the Morpeth area as well - this from today's Morpeth Herald @ http://www.morpethherald.co.uk/what-s-on/leisure/opening-up-a-world-of-heritage-days-1-8097621
Opening up a world of heritage days
4th September 2016


Morpeth Clock Tower

It promises to be a weekend to treasure in Morpeth as the town prepares to join in a celebration of all that’s great about Britain’s proud past.

Heritage Open Days have been organised across the country for more than two decades to give people the chance to discover more about the history and heritage on their own doorsteps. This year the national theme for the weekend, which runs from Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11, is Treasure your Treasures.

And a busy programme of events has been compiled in and around the town. Organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT), the weekend will give people the chance to visit historic sites and buildings not often open to the public, as well as enjoy talks and attend events and exhibitions about Morpeth’s past, or go on walks into the surrounding countryside for anything from three to eight miles to places of interest.

This year includes tours of the 15th Century Cresswell Pele Tower, said to be haunted by the ghost of a ‘White Lady’, and the historic Rocket House that adjoins the lifeboat station at Newbiggin.

With the help of GMDT, lottery funding is being sought for projects to preserve two very different aspects of local history. For a programme of events pick up a leaflet from the Town Hall, Morpeth Library or The Chantry.

Read more at: http://www.morpethherald.co.uk/what-s-on/leisure/opening-up-a-world-of-heritage-days-1-8097621
 

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All Saints Church - Part 1

The Association of Newcastle City Guides are opening up All Saints Church as part of the Heritage Open Days. We carried out a recce of the church yesterday, 7th September 2016 and I'll upload images over the next few days.

Of course the church has been discussed on the forum before as:

All saints was one of my 'chosen' 50 Buildings of Newcastle and this is what I wrote:

Rising up from an elevated position, high above the Quayside is the Grade 1 listed parish church of All Saints. One of the three parish churches which can be found within Newcastle’s city centre. The church can be best accessed via Akenside Hill which runs off Side.

A Neo-Classical style building in sandstone ashlar, its main body being oval shaped and with a Baroque style tower rising above a Greek Doric tetrastyle portico with its four columns. The four stage tower is thought to closely follow the design of St. Martin-in-the- Field, London by Scottish born architect James Gibb (1682-1754). The church has many external decorations including urns, mouldings, flutings and swags.

The present church was built between 1786 and 1796 to a design by Newcastle architect David Stephenson (1757-1819) replacing an earlier medieval church known as All Hallows. There is a suggestion by R.J. Charleton in his book Newcastle Town that the site may also have been the site of a Roman Pantheon Temple; however this may be myth rather than fact.

As with Alderman Fenwick’s House, All Saints was built on the eastern side of Pilgrim Street and is located between Silver Street and Dog Bank. The church is in a prominent position standing on a junction of the valley of the Lort Burn and the Pandon Burn (Burn is a rivulet).

The 12th century church was replaced after its fabric began to deteriorate at an alarming rate with reports of internal pillars collapsing and walls shrinking. Initially the church authorities wanted the church to be restored but given its state of decay this was found to be an impossible task. In 1786 it was decided to demolish and replace the church and immediate works, including the use of gunpowder to remove the tower, were commenced. An unfortunate result of the demolition was the death of Captain William Hedley who was crushed by a stone from the great west door.

Unfortunately many of the monuments and relics from the medieval church were lost, R.J. Charleton makes the observation that they were ‘perished or were carried away during the operations’. One artefact which did survive was the 15th century Thornton Brass, a monumental brass cover from the tomb of Roger Thornton and his wife Agnes. Thornton was a benefactor of the church and the panels are now on display at St Nicholas’ Cathedral Church in Newcastle.

The foundation stone for the present church was laid on 14th August 1786 by Reverend James Stephen Lushington, Vicar of Newcastle.

Stephenson’s original design was for the south facing main entrance portico to be made up from a colonnade of Ionic columns with a plain octagonal tower. However those plans were amended to allocate funding for a more elegant spire. The changes meant that the portico is now composed of four Doric columns.

One notable event took place during the construction involving Private John Burdikin, a Gateshead born soldier in the Cheshire Militia, who climbed up the scaffolding of the 200 feet (61 metres) spire and stood on his head for some time, balancing on the round top stone. During repairs to the spire in 1816 the feat was repeated by his son.

The new church was consecrated by the Right Reverend Thomas Thurlow, Lord Bishop of Durham, 17th November 1789. However it was not completed until 1796 when the spire was added. The total cost was £27,000.

The church was deconsecrated in 1961 and for a short period was subsequently used as offices and for musical events. The Church of Saint Willibrord with All Saints has in recent years used the building for their services but water damage has prevented its use and it currently stands empty and awaiting repair. Indeed, such is the decay that it is currently on the Historic England At Risk Register. Hopefully funding can be found to restore this important heritage building.

This is a story of a grisly nature which is part of Newcastle folklore. When inner town church burials were banned in 1854, Jack who was the Beadle at All Saints, lost many of the fees that would end up in his pocket following burials. To maintain his finances Jack embarked on a scheme to dig up graves and recover lead from the coffins. His enterprise was found out and it is reported that such was the mood of the populace that if they got their hands on him he would have been torn limb from limb. He was eventually tried and sentenced at the Guildhall to 18 months hard labour. The local children thought up this little ditty which is sung in the Geordie dialect to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel:-

If you want to rob the deed (dead)
Gan (go) to Jack the Beadle
He's the man that stole the leed (lead)
Pop goes the weasel



















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Heritage Open Days 2016 events being held in South Tyneside

More on Heritage Open Days 2016 events being held in South Tyneside

This from news webite of South Tyneside Council on 07/09/16

Go behind the scenes of South Tyneside's heritage

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People will be able to explore South Tyneside's cultural treasures as the borough's venues will be opening their doors to the public as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.

Heritage Open Days, which starts tomorrow (Thursday 8 September) and runs until Sunday 11 September, is an opportunity for people to discover and enjoy local architectural treasures, with free access to buildings that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.

Over 30 venues across the South Tyneside are holding fascinating events, activities, tours and walks to showcase the borough's rich architecture and culture.

The Westovian Theatre in South Shields, home to the Westovian Theatre Society, one of South Tyneside's leading amateur theatre groups, is taking part in the annual four day event.

The group is holding a guided tour of the community theatre on Saturday (10 September) from 11am to 3pm. The tour will look back over the history of the building which was once a Victorian seaside shelter.


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On Friday (9 September) theatre and heritage buffs can go behind the scenes at the Customs House with a tour of the venue which provides a wide range of cultural events and activities for all ages.

The theatre is also offering people the chance to learn how to play the spoons with popular local musician, Tom Stevenson, on Saturday (10 September).


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Hawthorn Arts, on Westoe Road in South Shields, is offering people the rare opportunity to see a special exhibition of artwork about South Shields by North East artists which aims to inform and inspire local people and visitors to the coastal town on Thursday (8 September), Friday (9 September) and Saturday (10 September).

Full article on http://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/56741/Go-behind-the-scenes-of-South-Tynesides-heritage

Link to South Tyneside full listing of events www.southtyneside.gov.uk/hod

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Heritage Open Days 2016 - visits made 09/09/16

On Friday 09/09/16 made visits to the following Heritage Open Days venues in Newcastle:-

1 - St Matthews Church, Big Lamp area

2 - St Thomas the Martyr Church, Haymarket

3 - St Andrews Church, Newgate St

4 - The Castle Keep

Lots of pictures of the interior of the buildings taken and posts to follow in due course

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Heritage Open Days 2016 - visits made 10/09/16

No NUFC or Gateshead FC home games to go to so on Saturday 10/09/16 made visits to the following Heritage Open Days venues in Gateshead & Newcastle:-

1 - St Chads Church, Gateshead

2 - Mining Institute

3 - Holy Jesus Hospital

4 - All Saints Church

A taster from St Chads Church, Gateshead - Bob Moncur turning on the new interior lighting system just after 1000 on Saturday 10/09/16

With The Rector, the Revd Dr Meg Gilley and accepting advance signed copy of new "Memories of Gateshead" book by Kathleen Harrison (see http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=134906596&postcount=1067) and boquet of flowers for wife Camille



A vast improvement to the illumination levels and had intended only to be there a few minutes for a few pictures (extra to those of 12 months ago) however spent a further 45 minutes there



Taster pictures from the Mining Institute (next to Lit & Phil), Westgate Rd, Newcastle showing some of the rooms







Taster pictures of Holy Jesus Hospital







Taster pictures of All Saints Church





The last 3 venues being very well attended

Lots of pictures of the erxterior and interior of the buildings taken and posts to follow in due course

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No NUFC or Gateshead FC home games to go to so on Saturday 10/09/16 made visits to the following Heritage Open Days venues in Gateshead & Newcastle:-

1 - St Chads Church, Gateshead

2 - Mining Institute

3 - Holy Jesus Hospital

4 - All Saints Church

A taster from St Chads Church, Gateshead - Bob Moncur turning on the new interior lighting system just after 1000 on Saturday 10/09/16
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Taster pictures of All Saints Church





The last 3 venues being very well attended

Lots of pictures of the erxterior and interior of the buildings taken and posts to follow in due course

Images hosted on Photobucket

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What time were you in All Saints ?

We also visited the impressive [and seriously rough] basement and shelters of Citygate.
 

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What time were you in All Saints ?

We also visited the impressive [and seriously rough] basement and shelters of Citygate.
Visitor numbers to All Saints over the two days has been very pleasing, given that the City Guides were only able to open it for three hours each day. 160 through the days yesterday and a higher number when I popped in this afternoon on the way back from guiding on the Walk the Walls.

Its good that the church has attracted high numbers as it has given good ammunition to say it should be open to the public more often.

Many visitors had a family connection to the church and the vast majority had not been inside the building before so it was great to give folk that opportunity.

Number one question was about what is going to happen to the building and when the question was turned back on them asking what would you use it for, various replies ranging from a night club to a food bank. That really is the crux of the matter, for it to survive it needs to be given a purpose,

Another surprise for me today was that most of the 10 folk on my tour party didn't know that Plummer Tower existed.
 
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