New Faith Museum Opening This October in Auckland Castle
The highly anticipated Faith Museum is set to open its doors on 7th October 2023, within the historic halls of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. The museum will showcase an extensive collection of over 250 rare artefacts and relics that provide a sweeping overview of faith and spirituality in Britain, spanning over 6,000 years of history.
Spread across the castle’s 14th-century halls and a brand new purpose-built extension, highlights of the museum’s collection include the extraordinary Binchester Ring featuring early Christian iconography, a beautifully decorated 13th-century Jewish ceremonial bowl, and one of the few surviving copies of William Tyndale’s monumental 1536 English translation of the Bible. The museum’s upper floors will also host contemporary art installations by modern artists that offer thought-provoking meditations on faith from today’s perspective, including a dramatic commissioned piece by renowned British artist Mat Collishaw.
In addition to its world-class collection, the museum will have a dynamic program of events, talks, workshops, and educational sessions to ignite curiosity in visitors of all ages and backgrounds about the nature, history and personal impact of faith and belief.
“We’ve designed the museum to be a welcoming space where visitors can explore what faith means to them,” said Museum Director Clare Baron.
More information can be found on the museum’s website.