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Durham Lumiere 2017

Lumiere 2017 has been a phenominal success once again with over 240,000 visitors over the four days. Security was tight and well organised, although the new ‘one-way’ pedestrian flows caused a bit of confusion and necessitated a lot more walking! Overall the event has been a unanimous success and hopefully we’ll see it again in two years time?

The Prince Bishops

Durham Castle was built in 1072 by Waltheof, Earl of northumberland, on the orders of William the Conquerer, to defend Northern England from the Scots and to control the local population.

The castle was soon handed over by the King to the first Bishop of Durham (William Walcher) and who had a number of unique powers. These Bishops are known as the Prince-Bishops.

The Prince Bishops of Durham were among the most powerful and wealthy men in the country, much more so than normal Bishops. They held both religious and political authority and could:

  • Impose and collect taxes.
  • Mint their own coins.
  • Raise an Army.
  • Hold their own courts.
As long as he remained loyal to the King of England, the Prince Bishop could govern as a virtually automonous ruler, reaping the revenue from his territory but also remaining mindful of his role of protecting England’s northern frontier.

Places to visit In County Durham (Video)

Latest Beamish News

Beamish is celebrating a £10.9million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Remaking Beamish project.
The funding is a major milestone in Beamish’s history and it will help the museum create a range of new ways for people to experience the heritage of the North East. It is the largest single investment ever seen at Beamish.
The centrepiece will be a reconstructed 1950s Town – meaning that alongside existing attractions depicting life in the early 19th and 20th centuries, the museum will once again include a period within living memory. Visitors will also be able to stay overnight in a recreation of a Great North Road coaching inn.
The decision by the Heritage Lottery Fund means that work on the £18million scheme will now begin this winter. The project will add to the existing attractions at Beamish and will take around four years to be completed.
By 2021, we plan to attract 100,000 more visitors to the region annually and create 95 permanent jobs and 50 apprenticeships.

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