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The Auckland Project operates parks and gardens as a tourist spot in Bishop Auckland.

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Bishop Auckland, England, DL14 7NJ,

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ADVERTORIAL: County Durham ‘ticks all the boxes’ for UK City of Culture 2025

Sep 10, 2021

County Durham ‘ticks all the boxes’ for UK City of Culture 2025 Financier and philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer believes County Durham’s long history of ingenuity and innovation means it is perfectly placed to maximise the benefits of UK City of Culture 2025 status Advertorial Jonathan Ruffer, founder of the Auckland Project. Credit: House of Hues, courtesy of The Auckland Project A decade ago, Jonathan Ruffer made headlines when he invested £15 million to ensure the 17th century Zurbaran paintings could remain in Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland. Originally from Stokesley in North Yorkshire, the city financier was a firm believer in cultural-led regeneration and wanted to give something back to the North East. Fast forward ten years, and The Auckland Project, the charitable trust Jonathan founded, is helping to position Bishop Auckland as a major visitor destination. Auckland Castle itself has undergone a £150 million refurbishment, with Jonathan’s initial contribution of £25 million attracting further grants from organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. There is also a new Spanish Art Gallery, a Mining Art Gallery that opened in 2017, and many more exciting plans in the pipeline. Jonathan was also instrumental in bringing 11Arches’ spectacular live action open air show, Kynren, to Bishop Auckland. The show, which is ranked by Trip Advisor as one of the top five shows to see in the UK, is supported by a cast of more than 1,000 local volunteers – a clear example of how culture brings communities together. Kynren takes audiences on an epic live-action adventure through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend (Image: Peter Haygarth) Having seen first-hand the wealth of talent that exists in County Durham and the power of culture to regenerate towns and villages, it is perhaps hardly surprising that Jonathan is backing the Durham 2025 campaign. “County Durham has an astonishing history that underpins its culture,” he said. “It also has a long history of ingenuity and innovation and that’s why I think – when it comes to UK City of Culture 2025 – County Durham ticks all of the boxes. “County Durham's history can be traced back to the arrival of a community of monks seeking a permanent resting place for the body of St Cuthbert. We have the incredible Binchester Roman Fort, one of the earliest Roman occupied places in the country, the Normans who built Durham Cathedral, the mining which drove the Industrial Revolution and George Stephenson’s Locomotion. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to win the bid the same year as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first passenger railway? “This is our chance to showcase our heritage and attract more people into the county. Hull was UK City of Culture in 2017, which put the city on the map and made a huge difference to the community.” Looking at Hull more closely, the facts speak for themselves. The UK City of Culture title was directly responsible for almost £90 million of investment. It also contributed to a 10 per cent rise in tourism and an increase in the number of visitors staying overnight. In 2019, 20 million people visited County Durham but only eight per cent stayed over. Doubling this to 16 per cent would boost County Durham’s economy by £415 million and the impact would be felt across the wider north east region. County Durham’s bid has been submitted by Durham County Council, with principal partner Durham University, on behalf of Culture Durham, a partnership of organisations from across the region. James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce For James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, the fact County Durham’s bid is for the whole county is what makes it so strong. He said: “Durham’s countywide bid provides an opportunity to showcase the area’s diverse cultural offering. Durham is very rural in parts and has an amazing wealth of places, from the North Pennines, where I live, to the stunning heritage coastline. These assets add immense value to our cultural landscape, and we want to emphasise this, not underplay it. Quite simply we have a cultural offering that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the UK. “Experience from other large scale cultural events demonstrates they provide wide ranging benefits which go way beyond the activity itself. This is especially true in County Durham where people embrace opportunities, and the business community recognises and supports the role culture plays in attracting investment.” Cllr Amanda Hopgood, Leader of Durham County Council Amanda Hopgood, leader of Durham County Council, said the bid and the council’s longstanding commitment to cultural-led regeneration would play a key role in the region’s economic recovery from the pandemic. “Being named UK City of Culture 2025 would bring transformational benefits for County Durham and the wider North East,” she said. “The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for businesses, especially for the retail and hospitality sectors. We know tourism, arts and culture will contribute significantly to our recovery from the pandemic. Bidding for this prestigious title is a chance to promote how great our county is, attract more visitors, secure investment and create exciting opportunities for our residents.” Tony Harrington, chair of Culture Durham, shares this belief. He said: "It has been a hard time for so many people and organisations, but I feel there is a desire from us all to make things better and a real appetite for something like this to happen. A successful bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 would be a fantastic way to demonstrate the ambition we already have in County Durham." Along with 19 other locations across the UK and Ireland, Culture Durham will discover if the Durham 2025 bid has made the shortlist of six places later this month. The overall winner of the competition, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will be declared next year. The winning location will then take on the baton from Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021, which has so far attracted more than £100m in capital investment to support cultural projects. To find out more about the bid, visit www.durham2025.co.uk or follow the Durham 2025 social media accounts at www.facebook.com/Durham2025 , www.twitter.com/durham_2025 or www.instagram.com/Durham2025_ Follow ChronicleLive

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The Auckland Project has 1 strategic partners and customers. The Auckland Project recently partnered with Durham University on October 10, 2016.

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10/3/2016

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Durham University

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Innovation and exports to drive continued success of UK automotive industry

The partnership between Durham University and Auckland Castle Trust formalises a number of other joint projects between the two organisations including archaeological work at Auckland Castle , student placements and joint research projects across a number of the University 's subject áreas .

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Durham University

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Innovation and exports to drive continued success of UK automotive industry

The partnership between Durham University and Auckland Castle Trust formalises a number of other joint projects between the two organisations including archaeological work at Auckland Castle , student placements and joint research projects across a number of the University 's subject áreas .

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