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Inside Story: Conserving Auckland Castle


Exhibitions & Art, Architecture.

Discover what goes on behind the scenes of a major conservation project in this new exhibition, revealing the processes and techniques used to restore Auckland Castle, the former home of the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham. The conservation of 900-year-old Auckland Castle, completed in November 2019, saw a team of specialist craftspeople, architects, archaeologists, expert conservators and volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to conserve this historic building, and return its grand state rooms to their original Georgian splendour. In the course of their work, some hidden surprises came to light, offering an insight into the lives of the Castle's former residents, the Prince Bishops of Durham. Visitors to Inside Story: Conserving Auckland Castle are able to examine these new discoveries for themselves, from astounding archaeological finds to centuries-old signatures, never-seen-before designs for the Castle, and even a pair of Georgian waffle irons. And usually kept behind the scenes, the professional skills and techniques used by conservators are moved to centre stage. From historic paint analysis to discover the Castle's 18th century colours to the careful and painstaking work to conserve the Castle's furniture, paintings and architectural features, the secrets behind caring for an historic building are all on show.