The Kasbah, Grimsby Docks The government has announced the second wave of the heritage action zone programme, which aims to revive historic places across Britain. The arts minister, John Glen, revealed the eight new locations to have been awarded heritage action zone status this week, which are concentrated around the north of England and the Midlands. The new heritage action zones include Bishop Auckland in the north-east of England, Grimsby and Walworth in London. The first wave of the programme was announced earlier this year and work is already underway in ten zones across England. In each zone, Historic England will work with local authorities to bring listed buildings back into use as housing, retail or community spaces. In the case of Bishop Auckland, the heritage action zone will aim to bring neglected buildings back into use and transform Auckland Castle into a ‘faith, art and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

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