Faith Museum Opening in autumn 2023

We’re preparing to open the first museum in England to contemplate the ideas, implications, and impact of faith in Britain.

Britain’s place in the world makes it an unparalleled lens with which to examine faith and religion. From the beliefs of small communities centuries ago, to the first Christian missions, and all the way to modern Britain’s multi-faith society, what we believed speaks volumes about the society we were.

A one-of-its-kind museum

Sitting in the historic Scotland Wing of Auckland Castle, the Faith Museum will house seven new gallery spaces spanning two floors.  Referencing the site’s history, Niall McLaughlin Architects looked at the medieval tithe barn building type as inspiration for the character of the custom-built extension. The poignant and intimate museum will explore how faith, belief, and religion have shaped lives and communities, and examine how they have been a driving force throughout British history.

The Auckland Project. Photo: © John Millard 2021.

The museum will display treasures from The Auckland Project's collections, generous loans from local and national museums, and an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions.

Bishop Auckland views

The team have worked closely with local faith communities, academic advisors, and museum colleagues to create a respectful, informative and engaging exploration through history and contemporary society. We can’t wait to welcome you to discover how faith has helped shape Britain into the country you see today.

The Faith Museum is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Jerusalem Trust.

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