Discover more about the developments, partnerships and events at Northern Heartlands by reading the posts below. We have a small, dedicated team who are working with communities, artists and organisations in many ways across a number of projects.  Here you will find insights into these developments, discover more about the work we are doing and the difference we are making to the communities we are engaged with from their own perspective.

These are medium to long reads (approx two to ten minutes).


“Our Willington”

Emma's reflections on being involved in "Our Willington"


Re:Place is a new national network hosted by Northern Heartlands and the Town and Country Planning Association

Hefted to Hill #heftedtohill – Conversations with Farmers and Exhibition Sound Files

Hefted To Hill is the culmination of a year’s work on the part of artist/philosopher/dry stone waller Ewan Allinson


Ewan Allinson explores Teesdale and the Gaunless Valley chapels and churches.

Journal Culture Awards Winner – Best Event Durham 2018

We're absolutley delighted that the Man Engine won the "Best Event -Durham" category in this year's

Jill Cole – my mission as director of Northern Heartlands

Jill Cole, Director of Northern Heartlands shares her views on the project and what it entails….

The Man Engine in Willington – gallery of photos from the day

Thanks to Photographer Paul Norris for these amazing shots

The Man Engine: a Community Comes Together

A lyrical account of the Man Engine's visit to Willington

Conflict Inspires Craft

Syrian Refugees Explore Weardale with Northern Heartlands

It’s rare that you’ll find people talking about bravery, fun, beauty and inspiration in the context of planning.

Our Head of Learning and Influence, Emily Diamand writes about our HeART of the Matter speaker and discussion event, Planning – a Participatory Art? on 25 April at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Beyond the End of the Road

Hear Northern Heartlands Director, Jill Cole, tell the story of 'Beyond the End of the Road'

Northern Heartlands isn’t just a rural landscape

Geoff Freeman shares urban images of Bishop Auckland and Shildon.

Altogether Archaeology Update

Anna Collins discovers more about the project

Northern Heartlands Scheme

We are passionate about our #GreatPlaceScheme here at Northern Heartlands and we are not alone.

Beamish Museum

What an amazing place Beamish Museum is!