You are invited to our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on

Wednesday 17th May 2017 in Hexham Abbey Great Hall At 6.30pm

Followed shortly after by a talk given by
Jules Brown

of Historic England and NECT (North of England Civic Trust)

 “What a Character!”

Conservation Areas – What they are, what they do, and how they benefit Hexham

(Refreshments will be available!)


Heritage Open Days – 8th – 11th Sept

From 8-11 September 2016, thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free.

Hexham is no exception and Hexham Civic Society has teamed up with Hexham Abbey and Building Archaeologist  Peter Ryder (who spoke at our AGM in June) to open up a tour of the Secrets of The Abbey House. Information on the Abbey House tour and how to book is here.

Other secrets to be seen in Hexham as part of this set of events include a walking tour to the House of Correction; Core Music; the Abbey Bell Tower; the Forum Cinema Projector Room and Treasures of Hexham Abbey. Information on the wider area’s Heritage Open Day events is here.


The following has been circulated by Hexham Abbey and may be of interest to Civic Society Members:

Anglo Saxon Manuscripts and Manuscript Writing

A one Day Course at Hexham Abbey

10:00 to 16:00 Saturday 17th October 2015

“As part of our developing programme of heritage events, Hexham Abbey is hosting a one-day course exploring Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and how they were made, on Saturday 17th October. This will be a bespoke, hands-on experience, which will involve participants creating their own quills, inks, parchment sheets, and writing, using the same techniques that were used by the Anglo-Saxons, as well as discovering more about Hexham’s Anglo-Saxon heritage. Andy Bates and Emma Berry from Phenix Studios, based in Hexham, will be running the course and they are experienced tutors in heritage skills and crafts. They also produce high quality replica historical items for museums and TV & film production companies. Most recently, they have provided many replica Anglo-Saxon items for ITV’s forthcoming production of Beowulf, currently being filmed here in the North East. The cost for the course is £70.00 which includes lunch and will be held in the newly restored Priory Buildings. Places are limited so we are encouraging people to book early”. See attached Anglo Saxon Manuscripts and Manuscript Writing Course Poster advertising the course.