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Arts and crafts in Durham

Durham (including Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees north of the River Tees) is in the North East of England. It has a population of around 900,000 and covers approximately 270,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Teesside, Tyne and Wear.

County flag of DurhamUniquely in England, County Durham uses the prefix county in its name, something more frequent in Ireland. The local economy was dominated during previous generations by mining and heavy industry, though following their decline during recent years tourism and heritage have grown in importance. The county town is Durham, which is situated on the River Wear and hundreds of the buildings in the city have listed status. Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and date back to the 11th century, being built to control the region following the Norman conquest. Since 1840 the castle has been used by University College, Durham and the building can only be visited on guided tours. The cathedral holds daily services and the central tower which is 217 feet (66 metres) tall provides visitors with views across Durham and the land surrounding the city. Performing arts venues in County Durham include Darlington Civic Theatre, the Gala Theatre in Durham and the Empire Theatre in Consett.

Beamish Museum is a 300 acre open-air living museum which recreates town and country life in Victorian and Edwardian England. Visitors can get a sense of stepping back in time from the buildings, vehicles and people wearing period costumes. There is also a collection of local folk art, pottery and textiles as well as books, photographs and oral records. In addition to preserving heritage, Beamish has an educational role and has been used as a location in a number of historical film and television productions. Bowes Museum, in the market town of Barnard Castle, runs a number of events such as festivals, arts and crafts workshops and talks about the museums nationally important collections. Archaeological exhibits include artefacts excavated in County Durham ranging from prehistoric stone tools, to Roman pottery and Anglo-Saxon metalwork. Among the fine art on display are paintings by European and British artists including Canaletto, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds. There are also historic and contemporary fashions and textiles, glass and ceramics from the 16th to 19th centuries and European furniture from the 15th to 19th centuries. Other attractions in Durham include Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, Hartlepool Quay, Crook Hall and Gardens, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey, the Museum of Hartlepool, Hamsterley Forest and Hardwick Park.

ALB Pyrography

ALB Pyrography

Hartlepool, Durham

Hi, my name is Amy! I create bespoke, hand decorated and pyrographied wood that can be ...

Kirst Wilson Artist

Kirst Wilson Artist

Consett, Durham

I love photography as well as painting but my main creative streak is using watercolour ...

barneycraft

barneycraft

Wolsingham, Durham

I am a craft jeweller who likes to use gemstones and minerals that are said to bring ...

Ten and Six Crafts

Ten and Six Crafts

Darlington, Durham

Uniquely hand crafted gifts designed and made by myself, inspired from everyday objects ...

Jelly Georgia Clothing

Jelly Georgia Clothing

Hartlepool, Durham

Hi Im Jo, the founder of Jelly Georgia Clothing. I have 2 young girls (2 and a half ...

Raven Arts

Raven Arts

Shildon, Durham

Raven-Arts is a family run business bringing 4 family members together, each with their ...

Heart of the Homebird

Heart of the Homebird

Darlington, Durham

We offer a range of handmade greeting cards, gift boxes and seasonal home decor. Our ...

Handmade jewellery

Handmade jewellery

Peterlee, Durham

Handmade, sterling silver jewellery, made with Seaham sea glass. The sea glass is collected ...

Fiona Gray Originals

Fiona Gray Originals

Horden, Durham

I make pictures and cards using a mixture of paper crafts - quilling and die cutting. ...

Pauline Devenish

Pauline Devenish

Chester Le Street, Durham

I make a variety of different things. Special soft, individual baby blankets and quilts. ...

Bibs and Bobs Handmade by Tracey Garrett

Bibs and Bobs Handmade by Tracey Garrett

Peterlee, Durham

My daughter and my step daughter have both had babies, both boys and only nineteen days ...

S and K Craft Treasures

S and K Craft Treasures

Darlington, Durham

Mother and daughter team making unique, handcrafted, framed designs in a variety of styles ...

RavenArtsblog1

RavenArtsblog1

Shildon, Durham

It is February and the Christmas rush has passed. Many people are grateful that the financial ...


Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(Born 1806 in Kelloe in Durham), Poetry

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a poet whose first known poem On the Cruelty of Forcement to Man was written at the age of six or eight. She became one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era.

Robert Surtees

(Born 1805 in Durham in Durham), Fiction, Nonfiction

Robert Surtees was an English novelist and sporting writer. He began writing for the Sporting Magazine before he started out on his own on the New Sporting Magazine in 1831. He went on to write novels and create comic personalities. One example of his work is Mr Sponges Sporting Tour which was written in 1853.

Henry Taylor

(Born 1800 in Bishop Middleham in Durham), Fiction, Poetry

Taylor was a dramatist and poet. He became quite famous and had been compared to Shakespeare. For further reading his plays included Isaac Comnenus, The Virgin Widow, St. Clements Eve and Philip van Artevelde.