Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Market Place
Bishop Auckland
DL14 7NP



01388 602610


01388 604960

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When is a Town Hall not a Town Hall? When it is a temperance hotel, Conservative Association offices, an indoor market, an air raid shelter, Turkish baths, and a public toilet. These are just some of the uses to which Bishop Auckland Town Hall was put before its re-opening as a library and arts centre in September 1993.

Its varied history has prepared the Town Hall for its present role as library and arts centre hosting a wide range of performances and exhibitions, and reflecting part of the history of the town.

Venue Type:

Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 1000-1700
Sat 0900-1600
Closed bank holidays & over Easter

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Exhibition: The Rosemary Davidson Bequest

  • 12 — 31 January 2015 *on now

An exhibition of work from the ‘The Rosemary Davidson Bequest’ by Tom McGuinness.

Rosemary Davidson (1929-2012) was an innovative educational publisher who became the first woman director of Cambridge University Press. After her retirement she enjoyed a second career founding and running the Broughton House art gallery from the ground floor of her home in Cambridge.

From childhood she loved Yorkshire. Later in life she bought a farmhouse and stone barn in Arkengarthdale, where ran different art activities. She made many friends during her visits to Yorkshire and the north-east and this may have been where she met Tom McGuinness, whose work she was proud to exhibit in her Cambridge gallery. She had a one-man show for him, ‘Tom McGuinness, A Way of Life’, from September 10 to October 1, 1994.

Rosemary admired Tom as a working class artist with a sympathetic personality who was determined to document mining life – and did so to great effect. As a memorial to his spirit she wanted her examples of his work to join the public collection at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly