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Exploring Local Heritage

We promote the value of the heritage of Newcastle, and more specifically the reasons why it is important to conserve and preserve, carefully manage changing environments and development to ensure that the future has a visible past.

We do this through public schemes like the Commemorative Plaque Scheme and Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days, as well as through the advisory services we provide for planning, archaeology, listed building, conservation area and scheduled monument permissions.

Please use the links below to jump to the relevant section:
Newcastle Commemorative Plaque Scheme
Heritage Open Days
Archaeology Day
Visitor Information and Interpretation
Hidden Newcastle
Old Newcastle


Newcastle Commemorative Plaque Scheme

There are over 100 commemorative plaques are located around Newcastle to highlight its historic buildings and structures, and to show the city's connections with eminent figures from the past.

See our webpage for more information and a map showing you where all these can be found.


Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days (HODs) is the nation's biggest free annual celebration of architecture, history and culture and allows the public a chance to visit heritage sites that are usually not open to the public or normally charge an entry fee. The weekend is part of European Heritage Days, a much larger collection of similar events across Europe which are run as part of a Council for Europe Initiative.

Heritage Open Days in Newcastle and across Tyne and Wear take place every September and gives the public the chance, free of charge, to visit or take part in buildings, tours, walks, talks and events, all celebrating the amazing, vibrant and diverse heritage of the region.


Archaeology Day

2018 saw the first Archaeology Day held by the Tyne and Wear Archaeology Service. Over 100 people heard talks on a range of archaeological discoveries across Tyne and Wear. The next one will be held in summer 2020.

Sitelines is an online version of the Tyne and Wear Historic Environment Record. You can search it to find out about archaeological sites and monuments in your area.


We are continually progressing the

  • phased upgrade of interpretation boards around the city,
  • maintenance of existing interpretation,
  • replenishment and distribution of published visitor leaflets,
  • the development of new visitor information leaflets and especially those that form part of the Explore Heritage series
  • the development of new interpretation boards and other interpretive media
  • as well as the research, development and introduction of alternative digital interpretive media.

We provide support for local groups looking to implement heritage projects or interpretation schemes and provide interpretive services to other departments within Newcastle City Council who wish to support the provision of heritage/visitor information through their own ongoing capital and revenue schemes.


Hidden Newcastle mobile app

Unlock the forgotten stories of Newcastle's past as you walk around the city using the free Hidden Newcastle mobile app. Discover the real people who lived and worked in our familiar streets.


Old Newcastle

Old Newcastle was a HLF project focused on Newcastle's social, cultural and creative heritage using the ancient Black Gate as a new portal to the City's rich history, culture and character. Part of this project saw the transformation of the Black Gate into an accessible heritage-led education and interpretation centre.


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Did you know?

Newcastle City Council provide support for local groups looking to implement heritage projects or interpretation schemes.

Heritage Open Days take place every September in Newcastle and across Tyne and Wear.

Need more information?

You can use our interactive map of the Historic Environment and Conservation in Newcastle to explore the city.   Click on the building or site for details, and a link to more information.

Contact for more information on the Commemorative Plaque Scheme and Interpretation

Contact for more information on Heritage Open Days


a historic map overlaid on present day

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