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World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series April Lecture

World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015: April Lecture

Friday 17th April 2015, 6.00pm

Venue: Room PG21 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham


BA Hons. Town and Country Planning

MA Urban Conservation

“Sustainability: is the planning term a convenience too far or a useful tool in an increasingly managed world?”

The lecture is aimed at stimulating discussion from the audience about an admittedly controversial subject. The offer to speak personally was made in response to feedback comments of some of last year’s student attendees of the lectures who requested more practitioner and planning decision making perspectives.  The presentation draws on types of scenarios reflecting recent and current challenges and real or perceived opinions on ‘sustainability’. It will highlight sometimes conflicting expectations and some of the differing perspectives and legal obligations of those who interact and play a part in influencing the character and experience of our living, working and changing Durham WHS.
With a natural interest in human geography and environmental design and a strong link with the urban landscape of her native North East, Sandra has held Consultant or Senior Planning Officer positions for most of her career, largely dealing with planning applications at Tyne and Wear Development Corporation, Gateshead MBC, Tynedale District Council and Durham County Council. Between 2009 and 2014 Sandra held specialist management roles culminating in Heritage, Landscape and Design Team Leader in the Planning and Assets service. She has stepped down from that fulltime role now and is in a time limited part time singular role for specific projects. Since 2005 Sandra has also run a Sole Practitioner Consultancy, where she has worked on specific commissions and problematic cases, such as the Cockermouth Conservation Area Appraisal, the “Heritage at Risk” development challenges for Axwell Hall andcommunity led high street regeneration in Gateshead, and the funding application and planning permission for expansion for Hartlepool Hospice.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.


Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi atraffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.  Would you also let me know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

The following lecture in the series will take place on Friday 19th June 2015, 6.00pm.

More details will follow near the time.

Please don’t forget to circulate this email to whoever you think might be interested.


The Heritage of the North Gare

As part of the HLF funded ‘River Tees Rediscovered’ landscape partnership project Tees Archaeology are working with Natural England and the Hartlepool Partnership for Nature to raise awareness of the heritage of the area between Seaton Carew and the River Tees.  A workshop will be held on Thursday 21st May at the Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station Visitors Centre.

The day will be split into two parts. In the morning people will be introduced to a range of sources of information about the area and take part in a series of exercises to reveal what this tells us about the local heritage. The sources used will include maps and aerial photographs along with historical and archaeological information about the area.

In the afternoon there will be a guided visit to the North Gare to look at features ranging in date from the medieval period to the Second World War. You should come prepared for an outdoor visit with appropriate clothing and footwear. Tea and coffee will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch and this can be eaten at the Visitor Centre. A minibus will be available to take people from the Visitor Centre to North Gare and there is ample parking in both locations.

The event is free but booking is essential.  If you would like to take part please complete the attached booking form and return it to mike.leakey@naturalengland.org.uk


The Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth- Hartlepool- 13/9/2014

The  Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth

A special FREE event on Saturday 13 September in St Hilda’s Church Hartlepool.

Michelle Brown, a renowned authority on the Lindisfarne Gospels, will  speak on The Influence of Hilda and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

10.00am  for coffee, lecture starts at 10.30am.

More info from Rev Chris Collinson on 01429 267030.

Tees Archaeology

A Roman Villa at the Edge of Empire


The results of the excavation of a Roman Villa at Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, ahead of house building in 2003/04 have just been published in a monograph by the Council for British Archaeology.

The main villa complex was preseved beneath a ‘village green’ but its ancilliary buildings inlcuding a heated room and a horse powered mill. High status finds included several sherds of Egyptian glass from a fine piece of tableware. For more details about the villa please check http://www.teesarchaeology.com/projects/Quarry%20Farm%20Villa/QuarryFarm.html

Elwick Village Atlas: Big Dig

In July Tees Archaeology helped residents of Elwick village carry out trial excavations on several areas of the village green as part of a Village Atlas Project.

A low earthwork on the north side of the green turned out to be an air raid shelter from World War II, a structure remembered by some residents.

An intriguing collection of coins from 1928-1945 were found in a concentration in a discrete area suggesting part of the green may have been used for a commercial purposes, perhaps a fair or market for a short period.



North Cemetery, Hartlepool

Tees Archaeology, along with the Friends of North Cemetery, Hartlepool carried out a small trial excavation on a former cemetery lodge and two chapels.

The cemetery was opened in 1856 to serve the expanding port and town of West Hartlepool. The excavations noted that the buildings were founded on a mound of spoil, the result of dumping material excavated from the new docks. The buildings themselves were built of magnesium limestone blocks, which were probably also quarried from the docks themselves. As part of the project the Friends also carried out detailed recording on surviving memorials within the cemetery.


Photo by Joseph Pullman, Friends of North Cemetery

World War I Project

Tees Archaeology are currently working to enhance our understanding of World War I military and civil sites across Teesside. These include a sea-plane base at Seaton Snook, Hartlepool, a sub-marine depot at South Gare and a wireless listening post for intercepting German communications at Rimswell, Stockton.

We are finding that many buildings were commandeered by Northern Command such as Thorpe House on Norton High Street, used as a hospital during the period.


If you have any information on World War I sites in the area then we would love to hear from you.

Website          http://www.teesarchaeology.com/


Email              teesarchaeology@hartlepool.gov.uk