A number of the 100 places shed light on the ground breaking intellectual exploits of the Region.
From the patronage of the arts and creation of libraries in the Anglo Saxon monasteries, the early foundation of a public library by Bishop Cosins and later working class education movement, accessing the latest thinking and sharing ideas played an important role in regional life.
In the 19th century the drive for creativity and innovation coalesced around the learned societies of the area where inventors and thinkers would debate, share ideas and socialise with one another. Emerging ideas included thinking on mine gasses that led to the first miner's safety lamp, the development of our world class museums and cutting edge scientific discovery.
Today this thirst for curiosity, exploration and excellence continues.
Map of the Newcastle upon Tyne Electric Supply Co Ltd (NESCo) and The County of Durham Electrical Power Distribution Co Ltd electric power distribution network, about 1907