Spennymoor Town Council

The Spennymoor Town Council has had a long and close relationship with Norman Cornish and his family continues to work in partnership with officers and members of the council.

The Bob Abley Gallery includes the Norman Cornish Room which is the location of the Coming Home exhibition which opened in January 2016 and includes the Norman Cornish studio currently on long term loan from Beamish Museum.

The Spennymoor Town Council also funded the John Kitson archway which includes a selection of Cornish’s works on glass and the start of the Norman Cornish Trail which marked the opening of the centenary year in April 2019.

Durham County Council

Durham County Council has had a long association with Norman Cornish dating from 1962 when the DCC commissioned Cornish to paint the Miners’ Gala Mural.

The DCC also supported the development of the Norman Cornish Trail, which opened in April 2019 and promoted the centenary year via the Visit Durham website.

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum has worked with the estate of Norman Cornish since 2014 and initially planned to include his studio in the development of the re-making Beamish 1950's town.

The early proposal subsequently developed into a plan to recreate the former home of Norman and Sarah Cornish in Bishops Close Street from the 1950s and the opening is currently planned for late 2021.

33 Bishop Close Street Research Summary

Northumbria University

The partnership between Norman Cornish and the University of Northumbria was first established over 30 years ago in 1989 and continues to develop via a number of related projects.

The university is the home of The Permanent Collection and Gallery North succeeded the former University Gallery and Baring Wing in 2017.

The Norman Cornish archive has been gifted to the university to enable further research and links to past and current research projects are enabled by following the links.

Research Projects:

Castlegate House Gallery

Castlegate House Gallery represents the estate of Norman Cornish and retains a representative selection of works for sale.

Further details available from:

Steve and Christine Swallow Address: Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9HA.
Tel: 01900 822 149
Mobile: 07920 836874
Website: https://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk

Tudhoe and Spennymoor Local History Society

The TSLHS provides a rich source of information about Spennymoor and the surrounding area. An excellent website containing many feature articles along with opportunities for enquiries.

Click here to visit their website.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle was the venue which hosted the Norman Cornish retrospective exhibition during the centenary celebrations in 2019. The exhibition attracted over 58,000 visitors from throughout the UK and we were delighted to continue developing a partnership with this internationally recognised venue.

Norman Cornish and LS Lowry: Kith and Kinship from July 20th 2024 until January 19th 2025.