Tyne & Wear

Hexham Abbey £3m makeover complete

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Hexham Abbey, one of the North East's most important sites of Christian heritage, has had a makeover.

As part of the £3m project its medieval monastery buildings were transformed into a visitors' gallery, cafe and function rooms.

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A new exhibition - the Big Story - traces the 1,300 year history of the abbey through characters and events.

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The former monastic buildings next to the abbey had passed through various owners before being sold to the local authority, which returned them as part of the project.

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Toni Bush, Hexham Abbey's education officer. said they were almost derelict when the abbey took them back, and described the transformation as a "fantastic process", which uncovered decoration from a number of eras.

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Funding came from a Heritage Lottery grant, and donations from individuals and organisations including the Wolfson Foundation.

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