A history of the North East in 100 places

These 100 places tell a story of the North East of England. A story of extraordinary creativity and imagination and of a people who have carved a place in history as innovators and entrepreneurs.

The story begins over 1,300 years ago when the North East became a region in its own right. Christianity had arrived and with it an explosion of art and innovation so exceptional that it put the Region on the map. History since has shown us to be a Region of industry, engineering and the arts, trailblazing the way on a number of occasions with world and national firsts. We have shaped society from this corner of England.

Heritage enthusiasts from across the Region have nominated the 100 places they feel show the North East's defining moments. We have been surprised by new discoveries and looked anew at old favourites. There have been many, many discussions about what makes the list and what does not.

Ours is a rich heritage and we are sure there are places we have missed. So we invite you to debate, explore, visit or revisit the places we've chosen. And we challenge you to think about what would appear in your story of the North East. We hope you have as much fun drawing up your list as we've had in compiling ours!