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Conference Tours and Visits

Sunday 15th October

Short Form Video 101 13.00 and 15.00

Join award-winning artist and creative director, Amrit Singh for a fun and interactive session on all things short-form video from a content creators view point. We’ll cover current trends including TikTok and creating those brilliant hooks to recording footage and editing on a mobile device!

Ouseburn Brewery Tour 14.00

Ouseburn Valley has long been famous for its breweries and public houses. Today’s scene is in many respects not that much different from its past, and this walking tour explores local heritage and the best of today’s cultural venues in equal measure. You’ll get a taste of Ouseburn’s brewery and drinking hole history, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Valley’s breweries with a sample at each stop.

Gateshead Riverside Park & The Dunston Staithes 14.00

Gateshead Riverside Park and Dunston’s Staithes, a Grade II Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, on the south bank of the Tyne, form part of a new project funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The ambition is to revitalise this area and connect the people of Gateshead to their heritage, culture and natural environment. Walk and talk with us to consider the current issues of the area, and the opportunities we have, together with the local communities, to create spaces and activities for people to discover, enjoy, and become a ‘Go to destination’.

Farrell Centre Tour, explore our Exhibition and Urban Rooms. 14.00

A guided tour of our new exhibition The Architect Has Left The Building, and an opportunity to explore our Urban Rooms.

Historic Newcastle for Beginners 14.00

This walk will be a perambulation around the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, aimed at those unfamiliar with the city. It will look at buildings old and new and the enduring influence of the town plan, extending back to Roman times, the medieval developments following the construction of the “new castle”, eighteenth century interventions, the grand late Georgian developments of Richard Grainger and the impact of the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

Gateway Trinity, St Edmund’s Chapel and 224 High Street 14.00 and 16.00

Gateway Studio is converting a neglected Grade 1 Listed former church into a modern fit-for-purpose centre for arts, heritage and community on Gateshead’s High Street. Trinity adjoins the 13th Century St Edmund’s chapel, and both buildings will be open for the visit. The redevelopment of Trinity will require Gateway to temporarily decant its operations into a vacant art deco-style three storey building on the opposite side of the High Street, which was formerly occupied by a pawn broker, hair and beauty salon, and offices. Gateway has an ambition to retain this building in the longer term for conversion into a multi-arts and cultural hub, integral to Gateshead’s plans to regenerate its historic but run-down High Street.

Ouseburn Back to the Future Tour 14.00 and 16.00

The Back to the Future Walk is a 90-minute exploration of Ouseburn’s fascinating past, present and future. Explore how the area – once the cradle of the industrial revolution in Newcastle and home to a huge array of factories, mills, and potteries – became and home to a conservation area and a thriving urban village, often dubbed Newcastle’s Cultural Quarter.

The Byker Estate – Radical Social Housing 14.00 and 16.00

The Byker Estate – Radical Social Housing. The Byker housing redevelopment (1969-1982) has long been recognised as a key moment in international architecture. The estate is 2* listed in recognition of its architectural and historical importance. Community participation has been celebrated as playing a major and innovative part in its development. Byker was probably the most radical British public housing development of the late 20th century. On our walkabout we will visit buildings of architectural and historical interest, including the iconic Tom Collins House and the Byker Wall, which is on UNESCO’s list of outstanding twentieth century buildings.

Restoring Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, and the Future Lidos movement 14:00

Tynemouth Outdoor Pool was constructed and opened in 1925. After a glorious 70 year life, the pool was closed and the clubhouse bulldozed into the tank, leaving an abandoned site at the west end of Tynemouth Longsands Beach.

Tuesday 17th October from 08:30

Vintage Bus Tour to John Marley Centre a Grade II listed Art Deco former school and now business hub 08:30 and 10:00

Tours of the John Marley Centre will be at 8.30am and 10.00am and will be a short bus ride to and from the event supplied by Vintage Buses.  These times are slightly different to the rest of the tours. Please meet the vintage bus outside Akenside Traders Pub, bottom of Dean Street NE1 1PQ shortly before 830am and 10am as the bus will leave promptly at these times. The tour will leave Quayside and head to John Marley Centre for an hour-long tour then head back to Dean Street, Quayside for drop off.

Victoria Tunnel Tour 09.00

The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th-century wagonway running under Newcastle’s city centre, stretching over two miles from the Town Moor to the Tyne River. Later converted into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War II, it was then sealed up and left forgotten for 60 years. Join the Ouseburn Trust’s award-winning volunteer guides to learn about the hidden history of this remarkable feat of Victorian engineering.

All Saints Presbyterian Church 09.00 and 11.00

Come and see this stunning Georgian Church, the only elliptical church in England. Tour will be given by a member of the congregation who is a bit of a history buff! The balcony will give stunning views for photographing the church, and for the brave (and fit) at heart, the bell tower library can be viewed in groups of 4-5 via a narrow, winding set of stone stairs

Gateway Trinity, St Edmund’s Chapel and 224 High Street 09.00 and 11.00

Gateway Studio is converting a neglected Grade 1 Listed former church into a modern fit-for-purpose centre for arts, heritage and community on Gateshead’s High Street. Trinity adjoins the 13th Century St Edmund’s chapel, and both buildings will be open for the visit. The redevelopment of Trinity will require Gateway to temporarily decant its operations into a vacant art deco-style three storey building on the opposite side of the High Street, which was formerly occupied by a pawn broker, hair and beauty salon, and offices. Gateway has an ambition to retain this building in the longer term for conversion into a multi-arts and cultural hub, integral to Gateshead’s plans to regenerate its historic but run-down High Street.

Ouseburn Back to the Future Tour 09.00 and 11.00

The Back to the Future Walk is a 90-minute exploration of Ouseburn’s fascinating past, present and future. Explore how the area – once the cradle of the industrial revolution in Newcastle and home to a huge array of factories, mills, and potteries – became and home to a conservation area and a thriving urban village, often dubbed Newcastle’s Cultural Quarter.

Common Room & Lit & Phil Library 09.00 and 11.00

The Common Room are a charity presiding over the historic building of Neville Hall, along with an archive of over 35,000 items. You will find out more about the innovative, globally-reaching history of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Highlights of our tour include the impressive Wood Memorial Hall, named after the Mining Institutes first president, and the historic wooden Lecture Theatre. A visit to the Lit&Phil which is the largest independent library outside of London. It was started in 1793 as a conversational society and remains so today with lectures, concerts and is a welcoming society for both visitors and members.

Bessie Surtees House Tour 09.00 and 11.00

Visit the historic Bessie Surtees House, known locally for its Georgian love story and join us on a tour of the private rooms, now offices of Historic England. Brimming with character, fine original details and creative later additions, the building has housed powerful Newcastle families, survived flood and fire, and been rescued from dereliction twice. Hear all about its lives and loves with our immensely knowledgeable in-house tour guide.

Stephenson Quarter 0900 

Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter is emerging as a cultural stronghold, combining an energetic mix of uses that draw on its industrial past. Rich in engineering history, it was the site of the Robert Stephenson & Co. Locomotive Works. Regeneration has embraced the imaginative repurposing of historic buildings alongside a fresh attitude to contemporary architecture and quality public realm. Join Lichfields Heritage and Townscape Team for a tour of the area to see inside some of the buildings and hear more about the history and the future of this area.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House tour 0900

A day out at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House will take you back over 150 years! With its lavish auditorium, outstanding acoustics and wooden stage machinery, the Tyne Theatre produced entertainment that amazed the audiences of the time and brought them back asking for more.

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