In October, a new museum named the Faith Museum will be opening in County Durham, UK. It will be located within Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland. The museum aims to provide an in-depth exploration of experiences, encounters and expressions of faith. The Faith Museum will showcase a diverse collection of over 250 objects, sourced from 50 institutions as well as private collections across England, Scotland, and Wales. Among the highlights of the museum will be the Binchester Ring, a silver Roman ring unearthed in 2014 at the Roman Fort Vinovium. This significant artifact bears images of an anchor and a fish, and its discovery offers rare early evidence of Christianity’s presence in Britain.
Premier Christian News reports:
A new museum to explore encounters, experiences and expressions of faith will open in County Durham in October.
The Faith Museum is located within the historic Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland and will feature more than 250 objects from 50 institutions and private collections across England, Scotland, and Wales. It aims to explore how faith has shaped lives and communities across Britain through rarely-seen objects, national treasures, personal testimonies and contemporary commissions.
Highlights will include a silver Roman ring excavated in 2014 at the Roman Fort Vinovium. It’s known as the Binchester Ring, features images of an anchor and a fish, and is rare early evidence of Christianity in Britain.
The Museum will also house a copy of William Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament from 1536, which is one of only a small number to have survived. The publication of Tyndale’s Bible was a key moment in English history, helping spread the ideas of the Reformation and serving as the basis for the King James Version.
The ground floor traces a path through 6,000 years of faith, beginning in the Neolithic period with the tactile Gainford Stone and ending in the year 2000.
The museum’s upper floor will house a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions and installations, reflecting contemporary issues and timeless ideas. The galleries will open with a display of works by ten contemporary British artists, offering their individual perspectives on faith today.
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