The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project A visitor attraction in Bishop Auckland comprising Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower, the Mining Art Gallery, Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum and Deer Park.

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Join us for a tour of this year's archaeological dig sites at Auckland Castle on Thursday 16 September as part of the 20...
07/09/2021
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Join us for a tour of this year's archaeological dig sites at Auckland Castle on Thursday 16 September as part of the 2021 Heritage Open Days Festival. There are two tours at 11am and 2pm.

Over recent years, Auckland Castle has been the site of a series of archaeological excavations by The Auckland Project and Durham University. Visit the trenches and find out more about what has been uncovered in 2021.

Tickets for the tours are free but booking is essential. You can book here: https://tickets.aucklandproject.org/5449/5450

Separate tickets for Auckland Castle and gardens, Mining Art Gallery, and Walled Garden tours can also be booked through the website.

Plan your visit to The Auckland Project: book tickets for our events, museums and galleries.

It's been lovely to welcome young people taking part in the Arts & Eats Summer School to our sites this week. You can se...
27/08/2021

It's been lovely to welcome young people taking part in the Arts & Eats Summer School to our sites this week. You can see the artwork they created in the windows of No. 42

No. 42 is open for the Full Moon Street Food Market this evening - there'll be activities for children, including face p...
27/08/2021

No. 42 is open for the Full Moon Street Food Market this evening - there'll be activities for children, including face painting, and stalls featuring local artists, crafters and community groups. We look forward to seeing you!

The next Full Moon Street Food Market takes place tomorrow night, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone there! We will be open from 4.30pm-7.30pm offering activities for children, including face painting, story telling and drama workshops provided by Durham Markets.

There'll also be stalls from local artists, crafters and community groups. Drop in and say hello if you're popping down for something tasty for tea!

Three new opportunities to join our team have been posted on our website. You can find out more about the roles below he...
13/08/2021

Three new opportunities to join our team have been posted on our website. You can find out more about the roles below here: https://aucklandproject.org/about/join-the-team/

- Assistant Management Accountant
- Facilities Assistant
- Health and Wellbeing Officer

Three new opportunities to join our team have been posted on our website. You can find out more about the roles below here: https://aucklandproject.org/about/join-the-team/

- Assistant Management Accountant
- Facilities Assistant
- Health and Wellbeing Officer

Join us for a two-day programme of creative activities and fun with food for young people living in the Bishop Auckland ...
10/08/2021

Join us for a two-day programme of creative activities and fun with food for young people living in the Bishop Auckland and Shildon area.

(Please note - we have extended the project age range to include all young people of secondary school age).

Sessions will include graffiti art, outdoor games, nature trails, fun with food, and a tour of the Mining Art Gallery and Auckland Castle's Walled Garden.

There are two cohorts to choose from:
Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th of August OR
Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th August

To book a place:
- Email [email protected] with 'Arts and Eats' as the subject heading
- Tell us the name(s) and DOB of the young people wishing to attend
- Tell us the dates of the sessions they would like to attend
- Provide us with their home postcode and a contact telephone number

The sessions are delivered in partnership with St. Anne's Church, with funding from the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership.

Join us for a two-day programme of creative activities and fun with food for young people living in the Bishop Auckland and Shildon area.

(Please note - we have extended the project age range to include all young people of secondary school age).

Sessions will include graffiti art, outdoor games, nature trails, fun with food, and a tour of the Mining Art Gallery and Auckland Castle's Walled Garden.

There are two cohorts to choose from:
Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th of August OR
Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th August

To book a place:
- Email [email protected] with 'Arts and Eats' as the subject heading
- Tell us the name(s) and DOB of the young people wishing to attend
- Tell us the dates of the sessions they would like to attend
- Provide us with their home postcode and a contact telephone number

The sessions are delivered in partnership with St. Anne's Church, with funding from the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership.

Bishop’s pineapples, a table laden with fish and a pit full of famished mice. Intrigued? Read about David Whetstone's re...
06/08/2021
Getting back to The Auckland Project - Cultured North East

Bishop’s pineapples, a table laden with fish and a pit full of famished mice. Intrigued? Read about David Whetstone's recent visit below to find out more!

Auckland Castle and the Mining Art Gallery are open Thurs-Sun each week until 3 October, with Lower Walled Garden tours also running on those days. You can book tickets to visit us here: https://tickets.aucklandproject.org/events

Please note, all visitors need to pre-book tickets for timed entry online.

The Auckland Project is back open for business after the Covid closure. David Whetstone spent an afternoon soaking up everything on offer

It's that time of year again! We collected the first harvest of the year from the Walled Garden today. The produce will ...
03/08/2021

It's that time of year again! We collected the first harvest of the year from the Walled Garden today. The produce will be distributed via the Bishop Auckland Community Food Network to local food banks and community cafes, where it'll be used to make nutritious meals.

Guided tours of the Walled Garden are running for the first time this summer, from Thursday to Sunday each week. Tickets need to be booked in advance through our website: https://tickets.aucklandproject.org/events

It's that time of year again! We collected the first harvest of the year from the Walled Garden today. The produce will be distributed via the Bishop Auckland Community Food Network to local food banks and community cafes, where it'll be used to make nutritious meals.

Guided tours of the Walled Garden are running for the first time this summer, from Thursday to Sunday each week. Tickets need to be booked in advance through our website: https://tickets.aucklandproject.org/events

No.42 is hosting a pop up shop event tonight with local community groups and makers as part of the Full Moon Street Food...
30/07/2021

No.42 is hosting a pop up shop event tonight with local community groups and makers as part of the Full Moon Street Food Market. Pop in and say hello 👋 if you're heading to the Market Place to enjoy some tasty treats!

Calling all green-fingered followers! 🍏🌽 At this time of year, gardeners may have surplus produce from their gardens and...
30/07/2021

Calling all green-fingered followers! 🍏🌽 At this time of year, gardeners may have surplus produce from their gardens and allotments. If you live locally and are overrun with onions or swamped with swedes, you can share any spare food with the Bishop Auckland Community Food Network. All produce is distributed between community food hubs in Bishop Auckland and the surrounding areas – like this fruit and veg currently available at Shildon Alive.

Produce can be dropped off at The Well, Woodhouse Close Community Centre, Shildon Alive, and No.42 in the Market Place. Please check opening times before you call in. For drop offs at No.42, please email [email protected] to arrange a suitable time. Thank you!

Last week, we welcomed young people from local primary schools as part of the two-week #BishopBarringtonSummerSchool. We...
30/07/2021

Last week, we welcomed young people from local primary schools as part of the two-week #BishopBarringtonSummerSchool.

We had a fabulous day, with a carousel of activities, including printmaking, archaeology and object handling, and bird box making.

Bishop Barrington School

This Sunday, the Department of Archaeology at Durham University is running free tours of this year's excavation sites he...
27/07/2021
Tour of excavations at Auckland Castle (2-3pm; 3-4pm)

This Sunday, the Department of Archaeology at Durham University is running free tours of this year's excavation sites here at Auckland Castle, offering the opportunity to visit the trenches and find out more about what was discovered.

Tickets for the tours must be booked in advance here: https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/164976939467 (Admission to venues isn't included).

Tickets for Auckland Castle, the Mining Art Gallery, and the Lower Walled Garden tours can be booked separately here: https://www.aucklandproject.org/

A chance to visit the excavation trenches at Auckland Castle

After visiting Auckland Castle, spend some time taking in the beautiful views of the Wear Valley in the newly designed N...
23/07/2021

After visiting Auckland Castle, spend some time taking in the beautiful views of the Wear Valley in the newly designed North Terrace and Kitchen Courtyard.

Refreshments, ice cream and light bites from the Bishop's Kitchen café can be enjoyed in the new outdoor seating area, and luxury picnic hampers are also available to pre-order through our website.

Timed tickets for the Castle, Mining Art Gallery, and Lower Walled Garden tours are available here: https://tickets.aucklandproject.org/events

Here's our very own Archaeology Curator, John Castling, talking about the amazing Roman site of Binchester as part of Ar...
23/07/2021
Postcard from the Past: Roman Binchester, John Castling

Here's our very own Archaeology Curator, John Castling, talking about the amazing Roman site of Binchester as part of Archaeology at Durham University Postcard from the Past series for the CBA Festival of Archaeology.

Binchester is open every day from 1 July to 31 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv8sIS51Dgg&t=2s

This video is made available through the Belief in the North-East project - a community heritage project led by the Department of Archaeology, Durham Univer...

Join our team!We have three vacancies currently on our website:Faith Exhibition Manager - to work on the delivery of a n...
22/07/2021

Join our team!

We have three vacancies currently on our website:

Faith Exhibition Manager - to work on the delivery of a new museum that explores the story of faith in Britain and its meaning today.

Senior Gardener - delivering beautifully
maintained gardens, currently under restoration and development in a unique historic setting.

Cost Engineer/Quantity Surveyor - to support the Projects Team by managing the costs associated with multidisciplinary building projects from concept to completion.

Find out more & apply: www.aucklandproject.org/about/join-the-team/

Join our team!

We have three vacancies currently on our website:

Faith Exhibition Manager - to work on the delivery of a new museum that explores the story of faith in Britain and its meaning today.

Senior Gardener - delivering beautifully
maintained gardens, currently under restoration and development in a unique historic setting.

Cost Engineer/Quantity Surveyor - to support the Projects Team by managing the costs associated with multidisciplinary building projects from concept to completion.

Find out more & apply: www.aucklandproject.org/about/join-the-team/

Researchers at Durham University Archaeology Department have created a digital gallery of their work as part of this yea...
21/07/2021
Digital Gallery

Researchers at Durham University Archaeology Department have created a digital gallery of their work as part of this year's CBA Festival of Archaeology .

This includes fascinating drone footage and photography of the recent excavations here at Auckland Castle. It's great to have a bird's eye view of how the dig progressed, thanks to the hard work of everyone involved!

You can view the digital gallery here: https://www.durhamarchaeology.com/digital-gallery.html

You can also still see the trenches in person. They're visible from the driveway leading to the Castle and Deer Park.

Animation with top-down view of the the main trench, showing some of the progress that was made during the final week of the excavation.

The sun is shining, and we're looking forward to summer fun ☀A series of family activities for children aged 6-11 and th...
20/07/2021

The sun is shining, and we're looking forward to summer fun ☀

A series of family activities for children aged 6-11 and their families begins next Tuesday, 27 July, with sessions taking place every Tuesday between 10am-11.30am for four weeks.

The sessions are pay as you feel, with a suggested donation of £2.

See below for details of how to sign-up for any of the sessions.

The sun is shining, and we're looking forward to summer fun ☀

A series of family activities for children aged 6-11 and their families begins next Tuesday, 27 July, with sessions taking place every Tuesday between 10am-11.30am for four weeks.

The sessions are pay as you feel, with a suggested donation of £2.

See below for details of how to sign-up for any of the sessions.

Join us for a series of wellbeing walks this summer, in the Deer Park and beyond.There's a choice of two sessions taking...
15/07/2021

Join us for a series of wellbeing walks this summer, in the Deer Park and beyond.

There's a choice of two sessions taking place every Wednesday from 21 July to 18 August. All walks will set off from No.42 in Bishop Auckland Market Place.

Spaces are limited. Follow the links below to secure your place.

2.30pm-3.30pm ‘First Steps’
A gentle introduction to walking for wellbeing. Designed especially for those who want to improve their health or mobility, this session will take things slow and steady to develop strength, stamina, and tools to maintain wellbeing in your daily life.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-for-wellbeing-first-steps-tickets-162032935873

5.15pm-6.15pm ‘Step it Up’
A moderately vigorous walk for those who may have fallen out of regular exercise or become deconditioned during lockdown. We’ll build the intensity of the walk as your stamina grows. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-for-wellbeing-step-it-up-tickets-162434424737

Join us for a series of wellbeing walks this summer, in the Deer Park and beyond.

There's a choice of two sessions taking place every Wednesday from 21 July to 18 August. All walks will set off from No.42 in Bishop Auckland Market Place.

Spaces are limited. Follow the links below to secure your place.

2.30pm-3.30pm ‘First Steps’
A gentle introduction to walking for wellbeing. Designed especially for those who want to improve their health or mobility, this session will take things slow and steady to develop strength, stamina, and tools to maintain wellbeing in your daily life.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-for-wellbeing-first-steps-tickets-162032935873

5.15pm-6.15pm ‘Step it Up’
A moderately vigorous walk for those who may have fallen out of regular exercise or become deconditioned during lockdown. We’ll build the intensity of the walk as your stamina grows. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-for-wellbeing-step-it-up-tickets-162434424737

With a beautiful sunny few days ahead of us, why not make the most of the great outdoors and book a ticket for the Lower...
14/07/2021

With a beautiful sunny few days ahead of us, why not make the most of the great outdoors and book a ticket for the Lower Walled Garden Tour? For more information and to book your ticket, go to www.aucklandproject.org Our volunteer tour guides can't wait to show you round. ☀

With a beautiful sunny few days ahead of us, why not make the most of the great outdoors and book a ticket for the Lower Walled Garden Tour? For more information and to book your ticket, go to www.aucklandproject.org Our volunteer tour guides can't wait to show you round. ☀

A teddy bear's picnic was held in the Deer Park yesterday for young families 🧸We worked together with St Anne's Church a...
13/07/2021

A teddy bear's picnic was held in the Deer Park yesterday for young families 🧸

We worked together with St Anne's Church and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust to organise the event, and we'd like to say a big thank you to Shildon Alive for making packed lunches, and Laura, Morrisons Bishop Auckland Community Champion, for providing drinks.

The gates are open! What a fantastic weekend - it was amazing to welcome back visitors to Auckland Castle and the Mining...
05/07/2021

The gates are open! What a fantastic weekend - it was amazing to welcome back visitors to Auckland Castle and the Mining Art Gallery! And of course, to the new Lower Walled Garden Tours. 🌺 Tickets are available at www.aucklandproject.org

The gates are open! What a fantastic weekend - it was amazing to welcome back visitors to Auckland Castle and the Mining Art Gallery! And of course, to the new Lower Walled Garden Tours. 🌺 Tickets are available at www.aucklandproject.org

Step update! Last week, we shared photos of the progress the archaeology team had made uncovering a flight of steps lead...
01/07/2021

Step update! Last week, we shared photos of the progress the archaeology team had made uncovering a flight of steps leading to a medieval undercroft.

All of the steps have now been revealed, and there are 10 in total, but the team can see evidence of an 11th at the top, which has been removed. So the debate continues!

The trenches are visible from the driveway leading to the Castle and Deer Park. They will be open until the end of the summer, so there's plenty of time to come down and have a look at the magnificent medieval archaeology the team has uncovered.

Archaeology at Durham University

It's the final few days of this year's Archaeology at Durham University Auckland Castle dig, and discoveries are being m...
29/06/2021

It's the final few days of this year's Archaeology at Durham University Auckland Castle dig, and discoveries are being made thick and fast! Here are a couple of interesting finds from the last couple of days:

Yesterday, students Tom and Nick discovered this huge piece of tracery (used to decorate windows). So huge, in fact, that the team needed the help of our Parks and Gardens Team to lift it out of the trench!

Discoveries come in all shapes and sizes, and at the opposite end of the scale is this small ceramic head, which was found in the same trench. The team think this might be a little head from a cherub on an 18th century pickle tray or inkwell.

The dig sites are visible from the Broadwalk (the driveway leading to the Castle and Deer Park), so do take a look if you're planning a visit.

To book tickets for Auckland Castle, the Mining Art Gallery or Lower Walled Garden tours, visit: aucklandproject.org/whats-on-2021/

We are delighted to share that Auckland Castle and the Mining Art Gallery will reopen this Saturday, 3 July. The Lower W...
28/06/2021

We are delighted to share that Auckland Castle and the Mining Art Gallery will reopen this Saturday, 3 July.

The Lower Walled Garden and Orchard will also open to the public for the first time, with guided tours beginning on the same day.

Visits need to be pre-booked online, with timed tickets available between 10am-4pm, Thursday to Sunday.

You can find out more about what's on this summer, and book tickets, here: aucklandproject.org/whats-on-2021

For more information about visiting, take a look at our FAQ page: aucklandproject.org/visit/faqs

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project is a heritage, arts and faith destination located in Bishop Auckland in North East England. At its heart is a mission to revitalise the future of this former industrial town through employment, training and educational opportunities.

In 2012, Jonathan Ruffer purchased a series of paintings by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran, Jacob and His Twelve Sons, and their historical home of more than 250 years, Auckland Castle.

His ambition was to transform Auckland Castle, once a private palace for England’s only Prince Bishops, into an internationally significant destination, which will draw visitors from across the UK and abroad. In doing so, The Auckland Project will oxygenate the surrounding region and bring with it the means to invigorate Bishop Auckland, increasing opportunities and aspirations for both local people and businesses alike.

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can you see the bishops palace from the road
Can you see the Bishops Palace from the road?
Bishop Auckland golf club are running a girls golf rocks coaching program over the next 12 weeks in partnership with England golf...Aimed at 7-14 year olds its a great place to start in junior golf. Booking is via the england golf website
0645 this morning. I've been spotted
I was wondering if you could settle something. Why were the trees cut down from in front of the castle?
Such a peaceful place to wander.
I have been told that, during lockdown, mature trees lining the path from the Clock Tower were felled. I am sure the Auckland Project would never be guilty of such ecological vandalism and hope to be assured that this rumour of anti-environmentalism is not true.
The Deer House. :-)
Old Gnarly! :-)
Enjoying delicious Auckland Castle afternnoon teas with friends. Celebrating the end of Royal Ascot and raising funds for Soroptimist charities.
Enjoyed delicious Auckalnd Castle afternoon teas with friends - celebrating the end of Royal Ascot and raising money for local charities.