Consett & District Heritage Initiative are a voluntary organisation.
The group was founded in May 2010 with the goal to make the history of our area accessible to all.
We believe in education and have already given numerous school display’s and talks.
In the past 6 years we have also had numerous open days and seen 1000’s people through our doors.
Our Archives are growing at a steady rate with donation’s of photo’s, postcards, books and artefacts and we hope this continues.
Through archiving and sharing of information we hope to save our history for the future generations.
We are based in The Lodge, Blackhill & Consett Park where we have our office on the second floor.
The Lodge is located just up from the bottom gates on the left.
Our office is open every Wednesday from 10am -4pm for anyone interested in finding out more about our local history or to give help with your family history (Tuesday 10-12.30).- note currently closed due to the Covid Pandemic
the History of Steelworks Project are delighted to partner with and work with CDHI. Did you go and see their display at Tesco in Sept 2020 for example. We look forward to supporting and promoting each others activities as we go forward
Have you walked all or part of the Heritage Trial?
What are you thoughts?
Please do share any pictures
More about the Trail and a map on the #vistitconsett website
Description from the Visit Consett Website
The Heritage Trail project was conceived to create and enhance a footpath to celebrate Consett’s heritage and industrial history. In linking our tourism and heritage assets across the town to the stunning countryside, the Trail encourages both visitors and residents alike to explore North West Durham.
Taking in existing footpaths and following parts of the C2C cycle route, the Heritage Trail has magnificent views across areas of outstanding natural beauty and as Consett is close to world-renowned tourist attractions such as Beamish Museum and Durham City, it is the perfect place to visit.
The Project Genesis trust is known locally for developing the community assets across the town, including the Consett Urban Park, Fawcett Part, improvements to the C2C route and the Grove Ponds site.
As the Trail is a circular route, walkers can start at any point. Consett town centre is linked to the Derwent River Valley, via the Hownsgill Viaduct and up through the Grove Ponds. All the footpaths have been improved or created with ample signage for locals and tourists to find out more about our Industrial Heritage.
Improvements to the car parks and the addition of picnic tables at specific points on the Trail, mean walkers can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the stunning countryside and access sites such as the former steelworks pumphouse and the Hownsgill Funicular Railway which had been lost to public access and awareness for several decades.
Walking the Heritage Trail
Length of route: 6km (without detours)
Time to walk: approximately 3 hours
Parking is available adjacent to the Trail at Lydgetts Junction and at Pemberton Road. It is a short walk to the Trail from Allensford car park. There are dedicated Heritage Trail way markers throughout the walk. Follow orange arrows for a clockwise route, and green arrows for anticlockwise.
The Trail is unsuitable for cycles, except where it coincides with the National Cycle Routes 7 and 14.
The paths have mostly been surfaced; unsurfaced paths may become muddy and therefore suitable footwear should be worn. Any steep sections of the trail are marked as such, but they are not very long. Please take care on sections of the Trail where the path narrows or becomes steep.
County Durham residents looking to delve into the past can take part in a number of online sessions as part of Local History Month.
Durham County Council’s Durham County Record Office is running the events to raise awareness of local history and to promote the archive service and its varied collections.
As part of its Branching Out programme, the record office is hosting a Local History Month special for family historians with experience of searching the archives.
The session will show people how to locate and use local history sources, such as maps and trade directories, which are not often used for family history but can shed light on past generations and the world they inhabited.
The online event takes place on Thursday 13 May, with a choice of morning (10am to 11am) or evening (6pm to 7pm) sessions, with tickets costing £5.
Meanwhile, as part of the record office’s popular Third Thursday Talk series, there will also be a session on the value of diaries for local history.
Led by archivist Victoria Oxberry,‘What can I tell you’ will look at the idea of diary-writing and why people do it. Participants will be able to look at examples from the record office’s collections and hear why it is important that they are collected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
The free online talk takes place on Thursday, 20 May, from 10.30am to 11.30am.