About the Auckland Project
The Auckland Project is working to create positive change for those living, working and visiting Bishop Auckland and to ensure the town’s future is as magnificent and vibrant as its past.
To do so we are creating a visitor destination in Bishop Auckland, incorporating Auckland Castle (once home to the Prince Bishops of Durham), a Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum, Walled Garden, Deer Park, Mining Art Gallery, Auckland Tower visitor centre and an outdoor spectacular Kynren – an epic tale of England, is also performed every summer on a 7.5-acre stage.
Kyrnen launched in 2016, followed by the Mining Art Gallery, in October 2017 and Auckland Tower in October 2018. Bishop Trevor Gallery, a temporary exhibition space within Auckland Castle, opened in June 2019, with the Castle re-opening to the public on 2 November 2019 following a three-year conservation programme. The other attractions will follow in stages in the years ahead.
Alongside the visitor destination, The Auckland Project regeneration charity is also working directly with the local community to deliver a wide range of formal and informal learning for adults and young people, create jobs and apprenticeships both directly and via our supply chain, support sustainable living, including community-supported agriculture and the Incredible Edible scheme and promote general health and wellbeing.
For more information about The Auckland Project, please visit aucklandproject.org or search Auckland Project on Facebook and Twitter.
The Auckland Project’s sister charity, Eleven Arches, runs open air spectacular Kynren – an epic tale of England.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle on a 7.5-acre stage, the show is enjoyed from an 8,000-seat amphitheatre and culminates in a dramatic firework display.
Its name echoes the Anglo-Saxon word ‘cynren’, meaning generation, kin or family, and reflects the inspiration of those involved in the production.
A live-action extravaganza, Kynren takes the audience on a journey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend, from the Roman occupation to the Second World War. Kynren is a critically acclaimed experience and has received five-star reviews. It attracts thousands of people to Bishop Auckland each summer and is supported by a cast and crew of 1,000 volunteers.
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