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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 1

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 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: