This purpose-built extension to Auckland Castle will create 10 specially designed gallery spaces across two floors. When complete the museum will explore how faith and belief have influenced and shaped Britain and Ireland. It will immerse visitors in real and personal histories of faith through rare and compelling objects, highlighting the role that faith has played in determining our shared national history and identity.
The Curatorial Team at Auckland Castle has worked in partnership with an expert advisory panel to develop the stories underpinning the faith galleries. Including a faith advisory panel, which includes prominent experts from the British Museum, York, Cambridge, Durham and Newcastle Universities.
The artefacts on display will be curated from the Auckland Castle collection and loaned from major public and private collections.
One item on display will be this beautiful Catholic chalice (left).
During the 1600s it was illegal to convert to Catholicism in Britain and Ireland and punishable by death. Catholic priests travelled in disguise to visit families so that they could complete their rituals. For secrecy, metalworkers made chalices like this one that could be broken into smaller pieces and hidden in pockets and bags.
In the last few months, Durham University and volunteers from The Auckland Project carried out an archaeological dig at the site before building work gets underway.
This page will be updated regularly with news, images and films of the development, ahead of the Faith Museum launch in 2019.
Image caption: Recusant Catholic chalice, 1630s, The Auckland Project