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Events and Training in the North East

Training opportunities coming up

Historic England is offering a series of free training events across the North East for historic environment professionals and others involved in managing the region's heritage.

Forthcoming events include:

We have also recently launched the Historic England Essentials Programme. This new national training initiative is aimed at local authority planning officers and early career heritage professionals. These courses cover the principles and practices of planning effectively with the historic environment. Courses are free and include lunch. All venues are easily accessible by public transport. Forthcoming training events include:

  • Heritage in Planning, Thursday 27 September 2018

For more information about any of the above courses, please contact our training team on

Free webinars

Did you know that Historic England offers a range of free webinars on a variety of topics to support the heritage sector?

To find out more, register for future webinars and view recordings of recent sessions, please visit our webinar page.

Events at Bessies Surtees House

Bessie Surtees House is a beautiful Grade I listed Jacobean Merchants House and home of Historic England in the North East.

Exterior view of Bessie Surtees House from Watergate Lane
© Historic England J890156

Help photograph Sunderland's Heritage Action Zone

Can you help us capture on camera what four historic streets in Sunderland look like now?

On Sunday 10 September, as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend, help us to create a visual map of Fawcett Street, High Street West, High Street East and Church Street East.

With your help, Historic England and 22 Sheds aim to photograph the facade of each individual building in the Sunderland Heritage Action Zone on that day as a record of the buildings.


General view from west of 21 Fawcet Street, Sunderland Tyne and Wear.
21 Fawcet Street, Sunderland Tyne and Wear. General view from west. © Historic England DP174517

Taking place in the Eagle Building on High Street East between 11am and 4pm, anyone with a camera is invited to pop in to see which buildings need to be recorded before setting off around the area. Your photos will be printed and used to create a map over the course of the day, which will then be digitised for future records.

There will also be more information available about the Heritage Action Zone in Sunderland and a chance to look around the Eagle Building. Bring along your own camera or phone and ideally a lead to download your photographs to a computer.

For more information about the event, contact

Follow us on Twitter @HE_NorthEast to keep up to date with all the latest events, news and pictures from the region.

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