The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project, based in Bishop Auckland, is working with the community and other key partners to help raise aspirations and create opportunities through arts, heritage and a culture of learning.

As part of this long-term ambition, the charity* is developing a visitor destination of international significance, including a Spanish Art Gallery, Deer Park, Walled Garden, landmark Auckland Tower welcome centre, Faith Museum and restored Auckland Castle, once home to the Prince Bishops of Durham.

The first of these new attractions, The Mining Art Gallery, will open in Bishop Auckland on October 21, 2017, with the others launching in stages over the next three years.

The Auckland Project’s dedicated Engagement Team is also working closely with schools and community groups to deliver a range of life changing programmes for all ages, designed to increase educational attainment, enhance employability, boost community spirit and improve health and wellbeing for current and future generations.

By 2020 the charity aims to create 8,000 opportunities for learning and skills development, including 60 apprenticeships.

To date, more than £130m has been committed to the Project, including £11.4m thanks to National Lottery players via the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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*From the end of September 2017, Auckland Castle Trust will be known as The Auckland Project

Contact name
Claire Buchan
01388 743 799
The Auckland Project
Vinovium House
Saddler Street
Bishop Auckland
DL14 7BH