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Out There exhibition comes to Bessie Surtees House

From Thursday 8 September until Friday 23 December, Bessie Surtees House will be hosting a new exhibition called 'Out There: Our Post-War Public Art'. The exhibition celebrates England’s fascinating, often forgotten collection of post-war public art and explores the fates and fortunes of place based art by pioneering artists and sculptors.

More about the exhibition

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Oversize sculpture of a man mounted on the wall of a modern building, pointing down towards a pedestrian walking beneath.
River God Tyne, 1968 by David Wynne, Civic Centre, St Mary's Place, Newcastle © Historic England

North East project shortlisted for national heritage award

A group of young people from Bishop Auckland who have helped to encourage local people to visit Auckland Castle have been shortlisted for a national Heritage Angels Award. The group has been nominated for best contribution by a young person.

Their achievement demonstrates that historic places speak to all generations and that anyone can get involved in protecting and championing our heritage.

Find out more about the Historic England Angel Awards

Exterior of Auckland Castle
Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. © Historic England

Help us uncover the hidden stories behind the North East’s railway heritage

Across the country Historic England is crowdsourcing knowledge and photographs for the official list of the nation's 400,000 most significant historic places. This is the first time in history the list has been opened up for public contributions and your chance to get involved!

Here in the North East we are asking you to share your images, insights and secrets of the North East's railway heritage. The North East played a pioneering role in the development of the passenger railway and steam locomotion. We've been working with local partners to conserve and protect this railway heritage and want you to help improve our understanding of these sites. Share memories and information of historic places with us.

Once you've added your information please do let us know, you can share your entries with us on Twitter @HE_NorthEast where you can also keep up to date with all the latest news and pictures from the region.

Bowes Railway
Share your knowledge of the North East’s railway heritage through our Enriching the List project. Image of Bowes Railway © Historic England

Training opportunities coming up in the North East

Historic England is offering a series of free training events across the North East for historic environment professionals and others involved in managing the region’s heritage. Forthcoming events include:

  • Managing Ecclesiastical Places of Worship
    Share and discuss best practice and the policy context for the sustainable management of places of worship.
    Thursday 3 November 2016
  • Introduction to Archaeology for Planners
    An introduction to archaeology and an understanding of its role in the planning process. This course is aimed at planners and will enable you to collaborate more effectively with heritage professionals.
    Thursday 23 February 2017
  • Conservation Area Management
    Learn about the important role of a conservation area survey, and how it can be used to underpin management priorities at a local level.
    Thursday 23 March 2017

For more information on any of the above course contact the training delivery team on

Find out more about HELM opportunities across the country.

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HELM Training Event in Sunderland
A recent HELM Training event on Historic Parks, Gardens and Landscapes. The event included a tour of the restored Mowbray Gardens in Sunderland. © Historic England

Historic England grant helps to safeguard rare piece of garden history

A Historic England grant of £232,640 has helped to save a rare 19th century glasshouse at Felton Park in Northumberland, one of only 20 surviving ‘curvilinear’ glasshouse structures in England. The Grade II* listed glasshouse was built around 1830 and is one of the earliest surviving buildings to use slender, curved wrought iron glazing bars and fish scale glass.

A programme of meticulous repairs and conservation has been carried out on the wrought and cast iron framework, with additional repairs to the brickwork, stonework and slating. Thousands of glass panes have also been painstakingly cleaned and reinstated through this project, which has helped to conserve the site's history, engage new audiences and celebrate heritage craft skills.

Watch a short film about the project

Inside Felton Park Greenhouse
Felton Park Greenhouse: Following meticulous repair and conservation this rare Grade II listed Greenhouse has been removed from the Heritage at Risk register © Naomi Atherton

Find out which local heritage sites are in our top ten

Historic England has a list of priority sites in the North East and Tees Valley, where we will focus our resources to secure their future. This list is reviewed every six months.

As of September 2016, our priority sites for the North East and Tees Valley are:

For more information, please contact Kate Wilson: 0191 269 12211


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Side view of Bessie Surtees House
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Bessie Surtees House,
41 - 44 Sandhill,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

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