Heritage Festival 2021

The third annual Heritage Festival in Bishop Auckland from 10 – 27 September 2021

Bishop Auckland is holding its third annual Heritage Festival from 10 – 27 September 2021 to celebrate the history and heritage of Bishop Auckland, as part of Heritage Open Days.

The Festival will include a series of interesting talks, walks and other activities.  Check out the Heritage Festival Calendar for details.

If you can’t attend the Festival in person, there are also plenty of opportunities to join in online – just follow @BishopAucklandHAZ on social media to find out more.

Bishop FM will be broadcasting the highlights from the Festival in a series of programmes at 2pm on Saturday 11th, 18th and 25th September and there will be plenty of opportunities to listen again and check out the extra features on our website.


Roman County Durham Q&A

Dr Anne Allen, Project Manager for Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone hosts a Q&A session with David Mason, County Durham Principal Archaeologist about Roman County Durham. Recorded September 2021 – Roman…

In the Footsteps of Pevsner

Martin Roberts talks about his rewriting of The County Durham volume of The Buildings of England that was first written by Nikolaus Pevsner – In the Footsteps of Pevsner Recorded live in…

Down the Batts with Tom Hutchinson

Local Historian Tom Hutchinson brings a walking tour ‘Down the Batts’ to life with interesting stories about colourful characters from bygone years. 105.9 Bishop FM · Down the Batts with…

JG Miller Art

Bishop Auckland artist JGMiller chats through the inspiration behind a selection of his local scenes in a short slideshow. Paintings depicted are: 60’s Market Place Blues 1 – Moors 2…

The Heritage Show

The Heritage Show – Programme 1

11th September 2021

Dr Anne Allen tells listeners what they can look forward to as part of this year’s Bishop Auckland Heritage Festival. Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham opens the Through Soldiers Eyes exhibition at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, running until 27th September. (The competition mentioned in this programme is now closed.)

The Heritage Show – Programme 2

18th September 2021

Ceri Pennington interviews Dr Bob McManners about his roles as founder of the Bishop Auckland Civic Society and Chair of the Heritage Action Zone, and Zamir Shaikh tells us about the fascinating history of Bishop Auckland Football Club.

The Heritage Show – Programme 3

25th September 2021

Local Historian, Tom Hutchinson, takes us on a walk Down the Batts, Tom Walker talks about the Three Greeners of Etherley, and JG Miller describes his work in the final edition of the Heritage Show.