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Upcoming Activities August and September

Three opportunities to get involved in activities in the next few weeks:

This coming Saturday - 19th August you can discover a unique piece of Northumberland's World War One heritage on the moors above Rothbury.
Over 100 years ago the 18th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers trained to be soldiers on the moors above Rothbury before they were sent to France – marching, rifle practice and digging trenches. This summer only, we are inviting the public to follow in the bootstraps of the 18th Battalion and visit the trenches where the men trained. On Saturday 19th August the trenches will be animated with Durham Pals living history group, story telling from the trenches, rifle practice, face painting and tours of the original trenches. A free shuttle bus from Rothbury Haugh carpark will take you to the site and bring you back into Rothbury (operating between 11am and 4pm).

On Thursday 7th September you can join members of the Townscape Heritage Project team in a walk around the Bishopwearmouth area of Sunderland and learn of plans for its conservation. A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be submitted later in the year, so this will be a chance to access some of the buildings that could benefit from grant aid if the bid is successful. The tour will take place at 2pm and there are a limited number of places, please ring 01912329279 or email to reserve your spot.

Over the weekend of 23rd and 24th September you can join traditional signwriter Michael Gray and help create permanent records of some of the ships rescued by the Rocket House Brigade at Newbiggin by the Sea. Full details of this can be found in the poster below.

poster advertising workshops 23 and 24 september

Heritage Open Days event at Rothbury Sunday 10th September 2017

As part of the annual Heritage Open Days festival, the Rothbury Trenches project up on the moors above the town will be holding an open day on Sunday 10th September from 11 - 4.
Visitors will be able to step inside a replica trench to learn what daily life was like for soldiers and visit the original trenches dug by members of the 18th Battallion Northumberland Fusiliers as part of the war training in 1915.
Access to the site via a free shuttle bus service from the Haugh car park in Rothbury.

NECT lands game-changer grant from the National Lottery.

NECT has been awarded an amazing grant of £145,200 by the Heritage lottery Fund (HLF) under its Resilient Heritage programme to give the Trust its biggest overhaul in 25 years. It is one of the first successful applications in the UK to this programme, so we're understandably thrilled and thankful to the people who play the National Lottery who have made this boost possible. Through Resilient Heritage, HLF recognises that organisations, especially those that have previously received grants, need to stay ahead of the game in adapting to changes in funding and the needs of those they work with. That can mean adapting how they do things, bringing in fresh thinking or boosting resources. Although NECT has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and has enjoyed the benefits of a wide range of national lottery grant support from small grants of £10,000 or less to develop projects to £2.7M to deliver them, now is the time to shift the focus from the projects it is known for to an opportunity to refresh its own needs.

The grant will create two new posts and support advice from a wide range of experts to improve NECT's very wide range of activities: the seven historic buildings and sites it owns, including a Roman fort and Victorian model farm, a former town hall, coaching inn and two watermills, its collections, including some of the very earliest Bakelite in the UK, and how it can do more in partnership with community groups and other charities, such as in an ambitious plan working with the Methodist Church to bring the landmark Keelmen's Hospital in Newcastle back to life.

Though most organisations undergo periodic reviews, these are normally behind closed doors whereas NECT will share its scrutiny with a range of other organisations so that all can learn tips on strengths and weaknesses. "This openness is how we do things" said Graham Bell, NECT's Director; "we're trying to avoid organisations reinventing the wheel at a time when most of us have to make precious resources go that bit further. I always feel we have to be a bit of an alchemist in this respect - there has to be some magic in the mix. The real bonus is that HLF sees and encourages that". NECT is recruiting now for the two new posts and the programme will run until the end of 2018.

New Staff Posts within NECT

New Staff Posts. A key aim of the Resilient Heritage grant is to build the resources of the Trusts, especially our people, as what we're capable of achieving is down to our team. The grant will support recruitment of two significant new staff posts and build our capacity to help others through hosting trainees and volunteers, by sharing our expertise through mentoring, and doing more in partnership.

Recruitment of the two posts is being announced today (3rd April) and they are:
Assistant Director - Historic Assets & Projects Manager and a Social Enterprise Business Development Officer.
Details of the posts are available to download below. Key dates to note are as follows:
Announcement of Recruitment: Monday 3rd April;
Deadline for submissions:Thursday 20th April, to be received before midnight;
Interview invitations Friday 21st April;
Interviews Monday 8th May, in Newcastle.

Other opportunities to work with us As the Trust grows we will be looking for additional members to join the team, either as staff (which can be on flexible working arrangements) or on contract. If this is of interest, please send a CV and an outline of why you would like to work with the Trust (and on what kind of work) to the Director.
Join our skills pool of specialist consultants In addition, NECT is looking to develop its skills pool of specialist consultants to work within our bespoke project teams. Such is the diversity of what we do that the discipline we need cover all aspects of the historic environment. However, mainstream conservation management planning is always a mainstay.
Volunteers, interns and secondment opportunities In our commitment to developing in-house learning in all its forms, we are looking to develop our capacity for volunteers, interns and secondments, so if you think this is something you'd like to explore, please contact the Director with an outline of what you are interested in and what you propose.

All expressions of interest and applications will be in confidence. Email Graham Bell at or call on 07815 874423

2017 Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum Conference Saturday May 13th - Tickets on sale now! "Celebrating Local Heritage Initiatives"

The second Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum Conference is set to take place in May at Wallsend Memorial Hall. The event 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

The Full Conference Programme is shown below

Conference Programme
9.00 Optional Tour of Segedunum by the Friends of Segedunum
9.45 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Conference Launch and Introduction - John Daniels - Chair Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum
10.05 "Heritage of Wallsend Memorial Hall" - Councillor Gary Madden
10.15 "A Year in Review" - Martin Hulse - Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust
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 "Great Exhibition of the North 2018" - Carol Bell - Executive Director, Great Exhibition of the North
1.00 Lunch & Optional Tour to the Buddle Centre with TWBPT & Wallsend LHS
2.00 12.15 HeritageAct! - The First Year - Part 2" - Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum
2.30 "Legacy of Methodist Buildings" - The Rt Hon. the Lord Alan Beith - Keynote Speaker
3.15 Workshops* & Coffee Break
4.15 HeritageAct! Awards & Closing - Keynote Speaker TBC.
5.00 Close
* Workshops
1. "Enriching The List" - Historic England
2. "Heritage Funding" - Heritage Lottery Fund
3. "Bridging the Gap" - Workers Education Association
4. More TBC.
Displays & Stands
Wallsend Local History Society
Northumberland & Newcastle Society
Workers Education Association
Friends of Segedunum

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Grant offered to explore vision for future use of Camp Farm Maryport

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund to help identify the best uses for our victorian farm buildings and the wider site at Maryport. We will be exploring how the historic farm buildings can play their part in the local community, through education and learning,incorporating the unique landscape, archaeology and heritage contained there to best effect. We will be building on the consultations we have already undertaken ranging from the local primary school to international experts and coming up with a srategy, business case and programme for implementation. More information on Camp Farm and the full press release can be seen on the project page

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Building repairs start on Aged Seamen's Homes, Trafalgar Square, Sunderland

entrance to site with scaffolding in distanceNECT are continuing their project co-ordination role for the Trustees of the Sunderland Aged Seamen's Homes grade 2 listed property in Sunderland. Following on from initial survey and inspection work aimed at identifying the root cause of damp problems that have developed over a period of years, work is now starting on site to eradicate these problems and improve the conditions for the residents living in these flats.
More information can be found on our project page

Port Carlisle Community Celebration April 7th and 8th

Final stages for the planning of the celebratory event to mark the conclusion of the Port Carlisle: A small village with a big History! project are in hand. This event is being funded through The Big Lottery and our thanks go to all the lottery players who are supporting us by buying their lottery tickets.

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First World War trenches set to be explored in Rothbury, Northumberland

Trenches in Rothbury are set to be explored in an HLF funded project this summer, offering new insights into First World War preparations in the region. NECT is delighted to be working with Northumberland County Council, the Forestry Commission and Woodhorn Museum to bring the hidden stories of these extensive trenches to life. There will be temporary facilities on site, and an education programme aimed at all sectors of the community from schools to archaeology groups. More details will be available in due course, with a range of drop in events both on site and in the local community commencing in April/May and continuing until October 2017.