Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 15.54.57HISTORIANS, cultural professionals and heritage enthusiasts are being invited to submit proposals for papers for inclusion at an international conference taking place in Middlesbrough on October 15 and 16.

Landmarks 2015 is the second Heritage and History Conference organised by the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

The Conference, which hopes to attract experts from across the globe, will bring together those interested in the culture, heritage and history of landmark structures, developments and events.

The two-day event follows on from the success of last year’s Victorian Cities Revisited Conference and marks the recent HLF-supported enhancement and refurbishment of the landmark Tees Transporter Bridge.

This has included the installation of a glass viewing lift to the Bridge’s upper walkway, renovation of the gondola that provides a unique crossing of the River Tees, the development of interpretation and visitor resources encompassing a new smartphone/device app, heritage trails, education activities and events.

Submissions for presentations on any themes relating to ‘Landmarks’ are welcomed, including but not limited to:

  • The creation and history of landmarks
  • The role of landmark structures, projects and events in wider local and national heritage
  • Ways of accessing and understanding landmarks through new technologies
  • The role of archives, libraries and museums in profiling and learning about landmarks
  • Recording experiences and perceptions of iconic buildings, structures, events and projects
  • The art, symbolism and visualisation of landmarks
  • Contentious and disputed landmarks
  • The celebration, conservation and remembrance of landmarks

Delegates attending Landmarks 2015 will have the opportunity to visit the Tees Transporter Bridge and other heritage locations in the area.

Conference organiser Tosh Warwick said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again host an international heritage and history conference here in Middlesbrough.

“Teesside is famed for its own historic landmarks such as the Transporter Bridge, Town Hall and Dorman Museum, modern structures such as mima and Temenos, as well as those around the world connected to the area such as Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“Following on from last year’s hugely successful Heritage and History Conference, we expect this year’s event will once again attract leading experts alongside students, early stage researchers and general enthusiasts to Middlesbrough to share their knowledge and visit local landmarks such as the Transporter Bridge.”

  • Proposals for papers of 20 minutes, including an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief biographical statement, should be emailed by Tuesday, June 30 to Tosh Warwick at transporterbridge@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Papers from postgraduates and early career researchers are particularly welcomed.