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Why we’re here

Standing proudly against the natural beauty of the County Durham countryside is the picturesque town of Bishop Auckland and Auckland Castle. Now a comparatively small town with postcard like quality, the area used to be the seat of power and influence in the North. The Auckland Project is an organisation dedicated to the regeneration, conservation, and celebration of the stories and heritage of the former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

Our work starts and ends with our home here in Bishop Auckland with four pillars supporting our mission

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Helping every single person we can by creating jobs and opportunities to champion the deep, fascinating history of Bishop Auckland. Over the pandemic, we also used our facilities to make and distribute over 20,000 frozen meals to people who needed support in the local area.

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Contributing to the economic resilience and potential of our home by building partnerships, generating a year-round tourist market, and supporting small businesses through things like POD, our creative business incubation units.

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Natural environment

Protecting, sustaining, and caring for the stunning natural landscape that we’re privileged to call home is a vital part of our work. We look after over 350 acres, including ancient woodland and sensitive habitats.

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Built environment

Restoring and conserving the striking beauty of the historical buildings and structures around us means that the incredible examples of historic architecture can be revealed.

By opening up Auckland Castle to the public and working to bring it back to its original opulent splendour, we started this mission to make the rich heritage of Bishop Auckland available for everyone to enjoy.

We’re here to work with our neighbours and community to ensure that Bishop Auckland’s future is as vibrant and magnificent as its past. It’s about developing a vibrant, heritage led visitor destination, while working to a programme of social engagement to ensure that its people are at the heart of everything we do.