Culture / Design / Education / Music
The Hexham Abbey Project
Last year's winner said "I was so thrilled when my piece was chosen as the winning piece as I had described the most secret and magical place that I know."
The Hexham Abbey Project will take advantage of a once in 500 years opportunity develop the Abbey’s former monastic buildings as a welcoming place which draws people in to participate, to learn and to be inspired.
Hexham Abbey is acquiring the Grade 1 Listed Carnaby Building and Magistrates’ Court, which adjoin the Abbey. The buildings date back to the 12th century, as part of the earliest vestiges of the Augustinian Priory founded in 1113, but were sold off by Henry VIII at the time of the Reformation.
At long last, we plan to bring these buildings back into public access. We will refurbish them to allow greatly improved access to the Abbey’s fascinating heritage and provide much needed resources that will significantly enhance:
- The facilities available for use by the congregation and the local community;
- The experience of the many visitors who come to the Abbey, town of Hexham and wider region.
The Abbey is keen to develop its role as a welcoming venue for a wide range of learning and community groups and activities. An expansion of the Abbey’s public spaces will make an enormous difference to the well-being of people living in and around Hexham and enhance the experience of our visitors through the creation of:
- A large, flexible space for community activities, celebrations and events;
- Educational areas with space for lectures, seminars and quiet areas for study and contemplation;
- Space to build on our already excellent record in the provision of musical education and performance through our choirs, organ recitals and numerous festivals and concerts;
- Exhibition spaces – to display the Abbey’s wealth of historical treasures. Hexham’s long history encompasses every age of English history;
- Interpretation spaces, to tell the Abbey’s long and fascinating history;
- High quality educational resources including information boards, interactive displays, written material and AV equipment, with support facilities for the outreach work of our Education Officer;
- Outdoor space – where children can play, performances be given, and people can enjoy the place;
- Facilities including a café, kitchen and toilets.