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Anticipation builds for reimagined cultural venue

A first glimpse of an exciting new cultural venue for County Durham has been revealed.

Durham County Council has released a visualisation of what the former DLI Museum and Gallery will look like after it is transformed into a vibrant exhibition centre, gallery and café.

The move closely follows the county’s shortlisting for UK City of Culture 2025 and further demonstrates the importance placed on culture-led regeneration by the council and its partners.

With a design inspired by the original museum’s 1960s architecture, the new building will be almost twice the size and feature a dedicated space for the display of items from the DLI Collection and Archive.

Its interior will be state-of-the-art, allowing the venue to host touring national and international exhibitions.

A creative hub and artist in resident space, meanwhile, will provide a platform for creative professionals to showcase their works and for the public to get involved.

There will also be a new restaurant and café and the surrounding grounds will be landscaped to provide a place for quiet contemplation, as well as areas for creative activity.

The venue will complement plans for the new History Centre, providing a second dedicated site to showcase the DLI Collection and increasing access for the public to view exhibits and artefacts.

It will also provide a significant boost to the county’s culture and tourism sector, attracting more visitors and offering opportunities for people to connect with the region’s heritage and be a part of its creative future.

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