The Spirit of the North

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Photographic celebration of historic places that embody and inspire Northern spirit will feature in a new exhibition and podcast series at Bessie Surtees House.

Our Spirit of the North exhibition and podcast series explores the people and places of the North of England through the lens of celebrated photographer, John Kippin. Travelling the length and breadth of the region, Kippin’s photographs capture the extraordinary history of creativity, innovation and culture that continues to shape northern identity today. The photographs are exhibited at Bessie Surtees House in Newcastle from 22 June.

Spirit of the North Podcast

This summer, we take you on a journey to explore people and places of the North of England. The Spirit of the North podcast series is a great introduction to our photography exhibition and is available now on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Soundcloud, and on your favourite podcast apps.

Download now:

iTunes / Apple podcasts


Venue: Historic England, Bessie Surtees House

The Spirit of the North

Accessibility Information

Bessie Surtees House is a historic building split over multiple floors; the upper levels (including the rooms open to the public) are only accessible via a series of steps and staircases.