The latest stage of a campaign to secure worldwide recognition for an Anglo-Saxon monastery is being held.
The monastery, comprising St Peter's Church in Wearmouth and St Paul's Church, Jarrow, is the UK's nomination for World Heritage Site status in 2010.
The first of a series of public meetings is being held at Bede's World in Jarrow later.
Feedback from the consultation will be included into the official documents submitted to the United Nations.
Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery was home to the Venerable Bede, and in the 7th and 8th Centuries was one of the most influential cultural institutions in the western world.
If successful in its bid for heritage status, it would rank alongside sites such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids.
The first consultation event is being followed by others in Sunderland and Jarrow during May and June.