Shortlist Toggle
News Heritage Lottery Fund support for a North East world first
This September, the Great North Run will be the first event of its kind in the world to reach its millionth finish, ahead of London, New York and Berlin. A celebration is in order!
We’re really excited to announce a grant of over £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support an ambitious programme of special events and exhibitions which will explore and celebrate the North East's sporting and industrial heritage and the big ideas and ‘world firsts’ that have happened in our region over the last 200 years.

"We’re absolutely delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting our plans to celebrate this incredible achievement with a yearlong programme delivered in partnership with our good friends at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Our region has so much to be proud of, and we hope as many people as possible will get involved in the #GNRMillion and help us to tell the truly remarkable story of the North East." Beth Bate, Director of Great North Run Culture
Ivor Crowther, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: "Celebrating the millionth runner to cross the finish line at this year’s Great North Run is a fantastic achievement. People come from all over the world both to compete and to show their support so what a great opportunity to get those thousands of people engaged with the North East’s incredible cultural offering. This yearlong programme of events, exhibitions and community activities will help people learn about some of the region's greatest historical moments and world firsts, including key events and people from our sporting, scientific and industrial heritage. We’re sure this project will be a success and hope everyone gets involved in celebrating all that makes the North East great.
"Teaming up with Great North Run Culture and other partners to deliver this project is a huge opportunity and one we’re really looking forward to. We have plans to create some amazing public exhibitions and events over the next year to mark this historic milestone for the Great North Run and to celebrate the unique spirit of the North East.” Cllr Ged Bell, Chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Joint Committee

Details will be announced via an online reminder service – sign up to be the first to hear the news here.

2015 Moving Image Commission

The Great North Run Moving Image Commission awards an experienced artist or film-maker £30,000 to create a new work which responds to and captures the spirit of one of the world’s top sporting events. The work is premiered in the North East in September every year as part of our Great North Run Culture programme, with an extract screened on the BBC during their live coverage of the Run. Last year, we worked with Melanie Manchot on her incredible film, Tracer - following 10 parkourists making their way along the course of the Run.

Stand by for more details, including how to apply and those all important deadlines, in our next e-newsletter... If you haven't already signed up, just follow this link and enter your email address.


This site uses JavaScript to enhance operation. There may be cases in which content does not operate normally or pages cannot be displayed if JavaScript has been disabled. Please be sure to activate JavaScript when using this site.