North East

Plan your day out in the North East! Find hundreds of places to visit - museums, art galleries, historic attractions, castles and stately homes in County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

A photo of an oil painting by El Greco showing Jesus Christ on the crucifixion cross

£5.5 million new institute for Spanish art in Bishop Auckland to "stand up against any museum in world"

Curators say a new £5.5 million institute of Spanish and Hispanic Art in County Durham, planned as part of the restoration of Auckland Castle. will "stand up against any museum in the world".

A photo of a fragment of a stone male head from the Vindolanda Museum in Northumberland

"Almost unbelievable" return of stolen Roman head surprises staff at Vindolanda

A stone fragment of the head of a young male, stolen from Roman Vindolanda in Northumberland in the first theft at the site for 45 years, has been quietly returned four months later.

A photo of Jo Harrigan, the head gardener at Belsay Hall, sitting by a tree with a pink Katsura tree

Object of the Week: The Japanese Katsura tree in the quarry gardens of Northumberland's Belsay Hall

This unusual, yellow-to-copper tree comes from Japan and is just one of the many trees at Belsay Hall, in Northumberland, signalling the start of autumn in colourful style.

A photo of a brick medieval wall being excavated by archaeologists in the rural County Durham village of Brignall

Archaeologists begin "exciting" search for ancient settlement beneath Durham village

Drone pictures are likely to have identified a settlement established long before Brignall, a village first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and held by Edwin, Earl of Mercia, before the Norman ......

a photo of a silhouetted figure standing before a roaring fire. Bill Viola Fire Woman

Hit the North! The best art exhibitions to see in the North of England during 2015

What are the best exhibitions to see in the North of England between now and Christmas? From Sheffield to Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool - check them out here.

A photo of the brown cast of the skull of The Venerable Bede, found at the University of Cambridge

Thieving monks and cathedral tombs: Rediscovered cast skull of "father of English history" could solve medieval burial mystery

A Leicester academic says she has rediscovered the cast of the skull of The Venerable Bede in the anatomical collections of the University of Cambridge.

A photo of the skull and teeth of a skeleton found by archaeologists at Durham Cathedral and believed to date from the Battle of Dunbar

Durham skeletons were pipe-smoking young prisoners of war kept in cathedral after Battle of Dunbar

Radiocarbon dating on dozens of skeletons found at Durham's Palace Green in 2013 has revealed the bodies belonged to Scots battling Oliver Cromwell, say archaeologists.

A photo of archaeologists digging a dark brown pit of a Stone Age campsite in the North Pennines

Archaeologists find Stone Age campsite where hunters fished and foraged on Teesside

Archaeologists who saw a crowd of stones sticking out of eroding peat at a nature reserve say they have retrieved 1,500 pieces of a Stone Age campsite, ranging from Mesolithic objects to industrial......

Chris Rose sketches a jellyfish while underwater

"It'd be amazing to see a porpoise": Artist in spectacular North Sea plunge with seals and dolphins after winning award

Wildlife artist Chris Rose, the winner of the Undersea Art Award 2015, will spend the summer diving a stretch of the North Sea from Coquet to St Mary's.

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