Culture Durham Partnership review

14 February 2023
Group of people working together around a table

Culture Durham has decided the time is right to review the way it operates. And if you work in the cultural and heritage sectors in County Durham we need your insight and input to help ensure the Partnership in in the right shape for the future.

Chair of Culture Durham Tony Harrington said: “Following a really busy few years where, like everybody else, we adapted what we did in response to the Covid pandemic and then, with our partners Durham County Council and Durham University, we threw ourselves wholeheartedly into bidding for UK City of Culture 2025, it’s now the opportune moment to prepare to move forward from those experiences.”

Creative and Cultural sector consultant Caroline Murphy is carrying out the review for the Culture Durham Partnership to ensure it is both professionally and independently delivered. The review aims to ensure that the future purpose, priorities, membership model, governance and management of the Partnership are fit to meet the ambition of County Durham.

The review will be carried out through a series of interviews, focus groups and a survey. We want to ensure that a wide range of people involved in the sector can contribute as their views are important to us. We would really appreciate your input.

Click here to complete the survey.

Three focus groups will be held in different venues across the County and one will be held online outside of standard working hours to increase accessibility.

Click here to register for the focus group at 10am Monday 13 March 2023 at Beamish Museum

Click here to register for the focus group at 3.30pm, Monday 13 March 2023 at The Gala, Durham

Click here to register for the focus group at 3pm, Tuesday 21 March 2023 at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Click here to register for the online focus group taking place at 5.30pm, Wednesday 22 March 2023.

We are able to offer ten small bursaries to pay freelance cultural and heritage practitioners to be involved in the focus groups. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like to apply for a bursary please contact Jane Hedges by email