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St Helen’s Church

Manor Road, St Helen Auckland, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 9EN

Visit the nearby memorial on the village green recalling West Auckland football team winning the first World Cup. Guided tours.

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Virtual Tour of Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland, County Durham

Bishop Auckland has a rich history and heritage from its earliest Roman beginnings through its occupation by the Bishops of Durham in the medieval…

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Open the Door on St Andrew’s Shotley

St Andrew's Church, Kiln Pit Hill, Consett, County Durham, DH8 9SJ

What’s behind a door? You may find yourself on a tour of marvellous features and hidden histories or immersed in stories and sounds, you may…

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Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ Virtual Visits

North East Theatre Organ Association, Crook, County Durham

Now restored to 'as new' condition with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, you can discover some of the magic of the Theatre Organ and how…

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Alington House Community Association

Alington House Community Association, 4 North Bailey, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3ET

This 17th century house on North Bailey was built on the remains of the Castle wall. It was extended in the 18th century, clearly illustrated by…

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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral , Durham, County Durham

Daily on Facebook at 3pm especially for Heritage Open Days 2020. Blogs posts at various times.

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Durham Market Hall

Durham Market Hall, Market Place, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3NJ

Durham's Market Hall was purpose built in 1851 as a state of the art Victorian market hall, described as 'an object practicable and most…

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Durham School & Chapel Virtual Tour

Durham School, Durham, County Durham

Durham School Chapel was completed and dedicated in 1926 as a memorial to the 104 Old Dunelmians who died in conflict during World War I. The…

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Durham Town Hall

Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3NJ

The Grade II listed Durham Town Hall houses many atmospheric spaces, fascinating histories, and long held traditions; many of which continue to…

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Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway

Durham, County Durham

The talk will cover the personal experience of Alison Kay, Archives Manager, over the last decade. She will describe the huge and varied NRM…

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North End Allotments and Flass Vale Nature reserve

North End Allotments, Larches Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4NL

Set on a south facing slope overlooking Flass Vale you will find the beautiful North End Allotments. The plots are tendered by people from all…

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Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre

Cemetery Lodge, 25 Woodlands Avenue, Wheatley Hill, Durham, County Durham, DH6 3JY

Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre is a small museum situated in the cemetery in the village. It is a small building of Edwardian architectural beauty…

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Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - Etherley Incline Guided Walk

Etherley, County Durham

There will be an opportunity for a comfort break. 10.15 Meet – Meeting Place will be confirmed when you register by telephoning Jane or John…

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St Mary the Virgin, Easington

Hall Walks, Easington Village, Peterlee, County Durham

St Mary's Church is a 12th century Parish Church, with some evidence of Saxon origins. The building contains a number of Medieval pieces. Stewards…

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100 years of the Durham Coast

Durham Heritage Coast, Seaham, County Durham

Our Durham coastline is unique, it’s transformation from industrial landscape is now long gone – the coal beneath the waves now being replaced…

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Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - Brusselton Incline Guided Walk

Shildon, County Durham

S&DR History walk from Brusselton Accommodation Bridge over the incline, through the former S&DR Works, to the Mason’s Arms, site of Soho Works,…

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Tanfield Railway

East Tanfield Station, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 9UY

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to open our full site to visitors. We can however, offer a warm welcome at East Tanfield Station and…

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Hardwick Park

Hardwick Park Visitor Centre, Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, TS21 2DN

As a restored 18th century parkland, Hardwick Park is comparable to the famous gardens of Stourhead and Stowe. It is listed by Historic England as…

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Thorpe Light Railway

Thorpe Light Railway, Whorlton, County Durham, DL12 8XF

Volunteers will be on hand to talk to visitors about the history of the attraction and the group's aim to fully restore this historic miniature…

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Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery

Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1LX

Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery is an award-winning, independent family-friendly Accredited Museum with a permanent exhibition exploring 10,000 years…

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The Heritage Centre, Bellingham

The Heritage Centre, Station Yard, Woodburn Road, Bellingham, Northumberland, NE48 2DG

Here you can find out how this part of Northumberland changed from the land of the Border Reivers who lived by raiding and stealing (perhaps you…

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Berwick Castle Tour

Berwick Railway Station, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Discover a forgotten Jacobean palace and find out if the railway really demolished the castle. Local historian, Jim Herbert takes you on a virtual…

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Berwick InQUIZition

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1BN

How well do you know Berwick and its history? Many of the answers (but not all) will be found through everything we post on the Berwick HODs…

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Berwick Through Time

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Here's your chance to find out something new about some of Berwick's historic buildings and structures. Researched and presented by local people,…

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Berwick Visitor Centre and former Methodist Church - Berwick’s Bridges

Berwick Visitor Centre, Walkergate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1DS

Originally there were two Methodist Chapels in Berwick - Primitive and Wesleyan. This building was the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel which was opened…

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Berwick’s Archives Revealed!

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

This talk will bring the town's history to life through the fascinating stories in the archives. Fought over by the English and Scots, Berwick has…

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Elizabethan Walls Tour

The Loovre, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

“I must admit the new wall is marvellous beautiful”, was an opinion voiced to Queen Elizabeth in 1568, but what did the writer go on to say?…

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From Ditch to Bastion Tour

Northumberland Avenue, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1LY

In this, the most northerly Heritage Open Days event, Jim Herbert takes you on a journey amongst the northern mediaeval defences of Berwick that…

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Greenses Arabs and Fish Tales

High Greens, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1NB

The Greenses is so called because until the 19th century, although located within the town's medieval walls, much of the land was still open…

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Heritage Question Time 1

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Berwick Archivist, Linda Bankier; local historian, Jim Herbert; and architectural historian, Catherine Kent will form the panel. Email your…

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Heritage Question Time 2

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Join Berwick Archivist, Linda Bankier; local historian, Jim Herbert; and architectural historian, Catherine Kent. Email your questions in advance…

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If The Walls Could Talk: Investigating the 18th Century Smoke Drawings At Berwick Barracks

Berwick Barracks, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

During this YouTube live event, viewers will take part in a digital investigation of Berwick Barracks smoke drawings. Guided by the panel - Senior…

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Medieval Tweedmouth Tour

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

This year this walk has gone online and so enjoy it from the comfort of your own home and also anywhere in the world. The free link for the walk…

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Riverside Walls Tour

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

In this film, local historian Jim Herbert, will unravel the story, and explain the changes that took place during the 400 years after the original…

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Sandstell Fishing Shiel in Spittal

Sandstell Fishing Shiel, Sandstell Road, Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1RE

The shiels were equipped with bunks and fireplaces and were also used as storage for the fishing gear. Sandstell Shiel is a Grade II listed…

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Secret Berwick

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

There are 4 levels to choose from ranging from easy to challenging! Have a go and see if you can pinpoint the locations. A fun quiz for all ages…

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Secret Spittal - who, what when and where?

St Paul's United Reformed Church , Main Street, Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1QY

Spittal was once a seaside resort but also a place with an industrial past. Over 125 properties are taking part with a poster of information in a…

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The Battle of Halidon Hill

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

In this online event, local historian Jim Herbert will talk about the circumstances that led to the Scottish Wars of Independence and discuss the…

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The South Prospect of Berwick-upon-Tweed Film

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Narrated by Jackie Kaines-Lang, the film examines how it was created and asks how accurate it is before looking at some of the obvious, and not so…

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Tweedmouth’s West End Tour

Tweedmouth , Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

The West End of Tweedmouth is now a quiet residential area overshadowed by the Royal Tweed Bridge. However, in the past, it was very different -…

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Behind the Scenes at the Queens Hall & Library Hexham - Virtual Tour

Queens Hall Art Centre, Hexham, Northumberland

Do you know that Hexham's Queens Hall has been home to a Corn Exchange, a cinema, a ballroom with 'a floor of 1000 springs' and now an Arts…

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Norham and Ladykirk: Past and Present

Norham, Northumberland

There will be photographs attatched to lamp posts, fence posts, anywhere, in fact, where you can compare the view with an image captured on paper,…

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Open the Door on St Andrew’s Bywell

St Andrew's Church, Bywell, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7AD

Open the door on our unique historical space and unlock the wealth of experiences within. What’s behind a door? At St Andrew's you can find…

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St Hilda’s Church, Hartlepool

Church Close, Hartlepool, Tees Valley

We are a 12th century church on site of 7th century monastery where St Hilda was abbess. There will be two presentations, a virtual tour of the…

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Crowley Ironworks, Winlaton Mill, 1691 - 1782

The Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Cafe Shrub, Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE21 6RU

A guided walk from the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, through Derwenthaugh Park to see the low dam and spillway which have recently been…

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Discover Derwenthaugh Park & Hollinside Manor

The Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE21 6RU

The walk to Hollinside from the Heritage Centre passes some 800 years of history, including the site of Crowleys Iron works, Butterfly Bridge, the…

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Land of Oak & Iron - Hidden Nature

The Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE21 6RU

The Derwent Valley is steeped in natural and industrial history, where often the two merge into one. This guided walk will take in old ruins, a…

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Bensham Grove Community Centre

Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Bensham Grove has been closed to the general public since March 23rd but during lockdown once initial restrictions were lifted, building work has…

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St. Paul’s Church and monastic remains

St. Pauls Church, Church Bank, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, NE32 3DZ

The church is one of the oldest in Britain and retains it's dedication stone dating from 685 A.D. - unique among English churches. The chancel,…

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A Peek Inside the Guildhall

Newcastle Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

From witch trials, fires and riots, Newcastle Guildhall has seen it all. Once the centre of administration and justice on the Quayside, see the…

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Christ Church Shieldfield

Simpson Terrace, Shieldfield , Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 1XB

Christ Church is located on the south side of Shieldfield Green, next to Northumbria University campus. Whilst its external appearance may give a…

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Hidden Nature: 10 curious items from Newcastle University Special Collections

University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Controlled storage, temperature, relative humidity and light are not usually the conditions associated with the freedom and fresh air of the great…

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Newcastle’s Secret Library @ Lit&Phil;

Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

The Lit and Phil was founded in 1793 as a ‘conversation club’, with an annual subscription of one guinea (third oldest of its kind in the…

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Saint Ann’s Church Newcastle upon Tyne

Breamish Street, Battlefield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 6PY

Saint Ann's Church was built in 1767-1768 in a dignified English Renaissance manner from designs by William Newton, the most successful Newcastle…

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Summerhill Bowling Club

Summerhill Bowling Club, Winchester Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE4 6EH

Summerhill Bowling Club is a hidden gem, tucked away in Summerhill Square behind the busy Westgate Hill. Summerhill square, a Georgian/Victorian…

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Tales From the Tower - Low Elswick

St. Stephens Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

How many times have you wandered past and wondered about the lone tower? Well this year they are revealing their hidden nature and sharing some of…

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The Big Local History Alternative Event - Digital Programme

St James' Graveyard, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

TALKS: • The Grand & the Majestic: remembering Benwell's Cinemas • What's in a name: love, power and politics in the street names of…

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The Big Local History Alternative Event - Self-Guided Tour

St James' Graveyard, Benwell Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE15 6RR

The historic parish graveyard of St James', Benwell, will be open to visitors. Printed guides will be available enabling visitors to explore the…

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Curator Tours at Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2BB

A tour of the Barracks 11:00am - 11:45am The curator will discuss life in the building, how to fit eight men in one apartment, cooking, cleaning…

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St Peter’s Harton, churchyard records and tour

St Peter's Church , Sunderland Road, Harton, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE34 6AE

2.00-4.00pm - Ernie Russell will have the full churchyard records and indexes available in the church porch for perusal or searching. 2.30-3.30pm…

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North East Maritime Trust

Fisherman's Workshops, 2/3 Wapping Street, South Tyneside, Tyne & Wear, NE33 1LQ

This is a great opportunity to see maritime heritage items on display. There will also be displays of maritime and boat building artefacts. The…

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Bishopwearmouth Walking Tour

Minster Park, High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 3PU

Sunderland City Council was awarded £1.9m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in June 2018 to undertake a Townscape Heritage Scheme within…

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Holy Trinity Sunderland - Go Behind the Scenes at Seventeen Nineteen

Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Virtual Exploration - Becoming Seventeen Nineteen How do you restore a church in the middle of a pandemic? Join us for a virtual hard hat tour and…

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Holy Trinity Sunderland - Go Behind the Scenes at Seventeen Nineteen

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 2BB

Virtual Exploration - Becoming Seventeen Nineteen How do you restore a church in the middle of a pandemic? Join us for a virtual hard hat tour and…

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Secrets of Sunderland Minster Churchyard

Sunderland Minster, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

This online event will highlight the hidden features of the churchyard and its unique history at the centre of Bishopwearmouth. This event is…

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St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Sunderland

St. Mary Magdalene Church, 21 Wilson Street, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR4 6HJ

Beautiful 1930s Basilica church in red brick and stone, delicious interior, reredos, Lady Chapel (copy of Holy House of Our Lady, Walsingham,…

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Whitburn Local History Group Walk

Cornthwaite Park, Whitburn Bents Road, Whitburn, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7BZ

Explore the hidden pasts of Whitburn on this easy 2 hour walk with the Whitburn Local History Group. Starting point is at the Car Park at…

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