New museum exploring faith in Britain opens in Bishop Auckland
The highly anticipated Faith Museum opens its doors on 7th October 2023 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. The museum will showcase over 250 rare artefacts and artworks that provide a sweeping overview of faith and spirituality in Britain, spanning 6,000 years of history.
Housed within a 14th-century wing of Auckland Castle and new purpose-built extension, highlights of the museum’s collection include the extraordinary Binchester Ring inscribed with early Christian iconography and a rare surviving copy of the Tyndale Bible printed in 1536. The museum’s upper floors will host contemporary works by modern British artists which offer thought-provoking meditations on faith today, including a dramatic new installation by Mat Collishaw.
The museum will host a programme 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.
“The Faith Museum turned out to be the hardest piece of our jigsaw. We have tried to tell stories which put into context 6,000 years of human endeavour and the restlessness of the human spirit,” says Jonathan Ruffer, Founder of The Auckland Project.