History and Heritage Festival 23rd October to 1st November 2020

Welcome to the second History and Heritage Festival, now expanded and bringing together two Heritage Action Zone programmes.  Ten days of varied and fascinating events, both virtual and live from craft activities, online exhibitions/displays, walks and talks. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Our theme for this year is “People and Place” with events and activities celebrating people who contributed and shaped the history of our places and uncovering how the physical place has been shaped over the years by its community.  We believe that sharing our history is a powerful tool to unlock the social and economic value of our places and long term will improve their future prosperity.

The Stockton & Darlington Railway, covering 26 miles from Witton Park Colliery in County Durham, through Darlington and on to Stockton, together with its branch lines, operated from 1825, ushering in the modern railway age.  The S&DR will have its 200th anniversary in 2025 when we will mark the international impact it had on the world at large with celebrations in line with its international significance.  Bishop Auckland was also shaped by this railway history and became a prosperous industrial town, but its history stretches back further to the Roman settlement at Binchester and as a seat of power and home of the Prince Bishops of Durham. There are many great stories to tell.

We hope you enjoy discovering Bishop Auckland and the Stockton & Darlington Railway’s heritage in person or from the comfort of your own home.

Bob McManners, Chair, Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone Advisory Group

Trish Pemberton, Chair, The Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway

Please note the majority of this year’s programme is digital content that can be accessed via our websites and Facebook pages. (@BishopAucklandHAZ and www.durham.gov.uk/haz or www.SDR1825.org.uk (click on Events) or @FriendsoftheStockton&DarlingtonRailway