Heritage Festival 2022

The fourth annual Heritage Festival in Bishop Auckland from 9 – 26 September 2022

The fourth annual Heritage Festival was held in Bishop Auckland from 9 to 26 September 2022 to celebrate the history and heritage of the town.

The festival included a series of interesting talks, walks and local history displays.

If you didn’t attend the festival in person there were opportunities to join in online – follow @BishopAucklandHAZ on social media to find out more.

Bishop FM broadcast highlights from the festival in a series of programmes during September. Listen to the programmes below and other features and interviews.



Exploring Roman history at Binchester

We hear from local reenactment group Roma Antiqua about Binchester and Roman history in the Bishop Auckland area.

Talk: Researching the History of Your Home

Researching the history of your home using maps and historical documents.

Telling the stories of Weardale

The Weardale Museum tells the stories, history and heritage of Weardale. Kate Gill tells us about some of the items in the independent museum which is run by volunteers.

Durham Record Office and the DLI collection

A new history centre will open soon in County Durham. We hear about The Story at Mount Oswald and find out more about the DLI and Durham Records Office at the history fair.

History and heritage groups in County Durham

County Durham Forum for History & Heritage is voluntary association of local history societies and groups, heritage organisations and individuals.

Local football legends

We hear about Crook Town legend Jimmy McMillan who played for the club in the FA Amateur Cup.

Sporting Memories Club

The Sporting Memories Club at Bishop Auckland FC brings sports fans together to talk about memories of playing and watching sport. Stuart speaks to Terry Jackson from the club.

Volunteering with The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project includes Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery, Mining Art Gallery and other attractions. Michelle Armstrong tells us about volunteering with The Auckland Project.

Local history author Tom Hutchinson

Local history author Tom Hutchinson has written books about Bishop Auckland.

The Heritage Show

The Heritage Show – Programme 1

11th September 2022

In the first programme for Bishop Auckland Heritage Festival 2022 we hear from Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone, Friends of Stockton & Darlington Railway, The Bishop Big Dig and County Durham’s Forum for History and Heritage.

The Heritage Show – Programme 2

18th September 2022

In this programme we hear from residents, Roma Antiqua and The Auckland Project at the History Fair held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall. Also, highlights from the Stan Laurel walking tour with Tom Hutchinson.

The Heritage Show – Programme 3

25th September 2022

This week we look at Bishop Auckland’s sporting heritage with guests at the Durham Amateur Football Trust Exhibition. Terry Jackson from Bishop Auckland Football Club tells us about the club’s Sporting Memories project.