As part of its BRICK programme, experts from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust are to visit Newcastle from 9th to 11th March
in order to discuss the future of Jesmond Dene and its built heritage, in particular Jesmond Dene Banqueting Hall and Fisherman’s Lodge.

The event aims to provide expert advice and support to Newcastle City Council,owners of Jesmond Dene, and local groups and institutions involved in the Dene, including Jesmond Heritage, Armstrong Studio Trust, the Friends of Jesmond
Dene, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, and the Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust.

Sir William Armstrong gave Jesmond Dene and the Banqueting Hall to the people of Newcastle in perpetuity in 1883, stipulating that the Hall should be used for “arts, literature, science and education”. The Hall fell on hard times in the 1970s and was designated as a “controlled ruin”. Since 1985, Armstrong Studio Trust, an independent arts organisation, has pursued studio practice in the building, while working to stem its physical decline. A larger initiative is now needed to secure a
creative and productive future for both Jesmond Dene and the Banqueting Hall.

On Wednesday, 9th March members of the public are invited to the following venues to give their views on options for the future of the Dene and Hall:

Ouseburn Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene – drop-in interactive session, 2–5pm.
Bewick Hall, City Library, Newcastle – open evening, including a short presentation, Q&A and interactive session, 6–8.30pm.

There’s a follow up on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th at the Ouseburn Visitor Centre at which The Prince’s Regeneration Trust are keen to talk to experts

“We are particularly looking for architects, planners, landscape architect, but also people with financial/business planning/delivery expertise, people who can provide useful, hands-on input and are ok to work collaboratively?” said a Trust statement.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: “We are delighted to be holding this workshop in the North East in the wonderful city of Newcastle with its rich industrial heritage. Jesmond Dene and Jesmond Dene
Banqueting Hall are precious public assets whose restoration has the potential to spark regeneration in the communities of Tyneside.”