Local volunteers working at the ancient priory dig site next to St Mary the Virgin church in Holystone

Ancient medieval priory unearthed by Northumberland villagers

Volunteers unearth remains of nunnery at Holystone, which was targeted in Henry VIII's Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539

Dame Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust

NFU urges National Trust to work with tenant farmers as part of new strategy

Report, which lays out £1bn plan to protect the countryside, considers everything from threats to nature to investing in the nation's heritage

Left to right, John Gilfillan of Delavals with Simon Johnson of NEL at Seaton Delaval Hall

Delavals looks to crowdfunding for next round of investment

Delavals Brewers aims to raise £400,000 through a crowdfunding platform to support its future plans

The bottle works at Seaton Sluice

Bid to make more of Northumberland harbour heritage

Seaton Sluice harbour heyday could link with stately home in visitor attraction package

Superyacht the Sovereign arrives at Newcastle Quayside

Review of the year: We look back at the biggest stories from July to September

July to September saw the North East lead the way in a 'three-parent babies' project to protect unborn infants from congenital genetic defects

Cragside in Northumberland

Cragside is still a great place to explore in the winter - especially if you pop into the tea room

The tea room at the National Trust property in Northumberland is offering a soecial Christmas lunch menu for visitors

The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle

North East tourism bosses hoping more people will explore the region's hidden gems

Tourism bosses are hoping the recent announcement that Newcastle has been named as the UK’s favourite city will help bring more visitors to the North East

Grahame Stone from STS on St Pauls Cathedral

County Durham firm complete work on St Paul's Cathedral

The contract is one of a number of recent wins for Stone Technical Services

Cragside

Northumberland gardens to feature on new BBC One series

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The national spotlight is on Lindisfarne and Cragside's historic gardens as they appear in a new TV series

'What makes a Geordie?' debate to be held in Newcastle

Newcastle University event will examine links between heritage and the Geordie character as Tony Henderson explains

(l-r) Annalise and Sydney from Barmston Village Primary School collecting hazelnuts in Washington Old Hall's nuttery

Wallington Food and Craft Festival brings countryside and culture together

Both Wallington House, Gardens and Estate and Washington Old Hall will be celebrating autumn’s rich bounty this weekend

Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig of The Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet bring Cinderella to Seaton Delaval Hall ahead of Theatre Royal shows

Northern Ballet, who will be performing Cinderella from October 21, said the Hall's scandalous and famous past made it the perfect setting

Delegates gather at the 2014 addition of MuseumNext, at The Sage Gateshead

Newcastle entrepreneur behind Europe's top museum sector conference

Jim Richardson, founder of Newcastle design studio Sumo, has successfully grown MuseumNext to attract international attention

A Minke Whale and White-beaked Dolphin

Record year for whales and dolphins off North East coast

The Farne Islands Wildlife Report for 2013, published by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, reveals that there were a total of 138 sightings of cetaceans

Blimps flown above Rayburn Lakes by RES

Major wind farm plans for Belford and Netherwitton set for rejection

Major plans for wind farms at Belford and Netherwitton are likely to be thrown out by Northumberland County Council next week

Formal decision on major development The Sill at Hadrian's Wall is delayed

Plans for The Sill visitor centre were approved but the application has been referred by a third party to the Planning Casework Unit

Oliver Maurice

One man's mission to protect natural and built heritage

Ex-North National Trust boss in pilgrim walk to rase conservation funds.

A red squirrel, with a nut in it's mouth at Kielder Forest

Survey gives hope as red squirrels hold their own

North East's red squirrels hang on to their territory in face of grey advance, a new study suggests

Fire of the North event

Fire of the North blazes a link between the borders

Burning beacons add their own drama on a night dominated by Great North Run opening ceremony

The Spirit of Wallington exhibition captures through a serious of vibrant and rich textiles the lives of the last of the Trevelyans to live at the ancestral seat

New exhibition captures the Spirit of Wallington

A crowd of textile artists have been responding to the National Trust property for a new exhibition which has history sewn right in, as Sam Wonfor discovers

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