Settle North is our current Heritage project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are looking at the role of the lesser known personalities who built the Spennymoor Settlement up from being a place to support local people down on their luck, to one of the most creative environment for people such as Sid Chaplin, Arnold Hadwin, Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish. Two people were at the heart of making the Spennymoor Settlement such an amazing breeding ground for talent, Bill and Betty Farrell. We hope we tell their story well.


We have engaged a large group of people in the research, development and execution of our ‘Living Exhibitions’ as we toured the exhibitions across the Durham area. We have also been lucky enough to have partnered with Beamish Museum and had the pleasure of learning from family members of those artists from the Spennymoor Settlement whose fame spread across the world.

Heritage Lottery Fund

We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, without which we would not be able to bring these dying memories and long-passed people to life. We believe that you do heritage a greater service, not by taking from the past, but by taking it to the future.

Funding helps us to work with young people, experts, members of the public and others who have been directly involved or directly impacted by the events and people we rediscover in new and exciting ways that benefit people today. We’d like to extend a special thanks to players of the National Lottery who help to make all this possible.

project website

In September, we will be launching our Settle North website. It will contain an array of articles, images, movies, feedback, research and timelines.

Watch this space to stay up to date. You can see some Settle North images on our Facebook page at

“It is a wonderful feeling, to discover that people of yesterday had the same hopes and dreams as we do today. I have enjoyed getting to know those people better and to be able to tell their distant stories and give them new life in our modern age. It makes me wonder who will tell my story in years to come.”  GF, Project participant, age 15.

Heritage Archive

We’ll soon be publishing our Heritage Archive containing a host of projects that have brought us face to face with people, places, stories and legends form yesteryear. You can also use the heritage menu at the top of the page to see some recent projects

Heritage Archive – coming soon!