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Becoming a Friend

Becoming a Friend of The Auckland Project

We would love to welcome you to The Auckland Project as a guest, and for you to leave as a Friend. Heritage and culture initiatives need passionate people, to help ensure they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

If you enjoy your time with us, and it moves you to want to be involved to help us welcome more people to appreciate Bishop Auckland, well then we’ve done our job and we thank you.

  • Individual membership – £35/year
  • Joint membership (must live at same address) – £50/year

Please note: Auckland Castle, the Mining Art Gallery, and Lower Walled Garden are currently open for advance booking from 3 July to 3 October 2021. Our venues will have periods of closure over the next 12 months. Details of what will be open after 3 October will be confirmed shortly.

Why become a Friend of The Auckland Project?

Wonderful question! By becoming a Friend of The Auckland Project you’ll receive complimentary access to our sites and exhibitions during normal opening hours for one year. You’ll also receive invitations to special exclusive events for Friends; 10% discount in the Bishop's Kitchen, in our retail spaces, and when purchasing picnic hampers online; and behind-the-scenes updates on exhibitions, conservation work, and more. Essentially, you’re giving yourself an unrivalled look into the history of Bishop Auckland and County Durham, and playing a vital role in its future.

You’ll be joining a wonderful group of likeminded folk who genuinely care about this beautiful area, its history, and its people. On top of helping to ensure that the stunning collections and buildings in The Auckland Project are conserved for future generations, our Friends mean that we can continue to create new jobs and opportunities.

We’re a community-driven family and we need Friends like you in order to continue our regeneration, conservation, and celebration of the history of Bishop Auckland and the North East.