Welcome to Weardale Museum

Dedicated to preserving the heritage of Weardale and its people.

Weardale Museum

Weardale Museum is located in the heart of Weardale. We are a small, volunteer run museum dedicated to preserving the history & heritage of Weardale and its people.                                  

High House Chapel

High House Chapel was in continuous use for over 250 years, making it one of the longest serving Methodist chapels. The chapel is now owned by the Trustees of Weardale Museum who aim to preserve this unique piece of history.                                  

Family History Service

Weardale Museum is also the home of the Weardale Genealogy service. They maintain the family history for over 70,000 people and families linked with Weardale and the surrounding areas.                                 

Methodist Tapestries

The Methodist Tapestries present the history of Methodism via the medium of needlework. Many panels are underway but there is still time for more stitchers to participate. The finished panels will be displayed in the proposed Weardale Museum & Heritage Centre.                                 

Weardale Lead Miners Kitchen

Who We Are

We are a small independent folk museum run entirely by volunteers to the high standards set by the Arts Council for England.

John Wesley Artefacts & History

What We Do

We provide a sense of place for those who live and visit Weardale by telling the stories of its history and heritage. Attached is High House Chapel, the oldest Methodist Chapel in continuous use. We also specialise in providing family history research for people who have ancestors from Weardale.

Latest News

Methodist Tapestries Collection web pages go live

Methodist Tapestries Collection

We are delighted to announce that the Methodist Tapestries Collection now has its own space on our website! In addition to providing some information about the project and details on how people can participate....

8th March 2022                  

Weardale Museum New Year Update

New Year Update

How wonderful that the Museum could re-open during 2021, touring exhibitions re-commence and the opportunity for our wonderful Volunteers to re-engage with visitors to the Manse or the exhibition stands....

23rd January 2022        

High House Chapel

High House Chapel Restoration Crowdfunding Campaign

Today, we launched our first crowdfunding campaign to help raise money towards the costs of restoration works on the windows of High House Chapel....

15th March 2021                             

What our visitors say about us

"Our family visited the museum whilst on holiday in Weardale, we found it fascinating! The volunteers demonstrated a fantastic level of knowledge and couldn't be more helpful. We will certainly be revisiting next time we're passing through."

"My wife and I discovered the place entirely by accident and were so glad we did! We spent 2 hours looking around the exhibits and talking with museum staff. The neighbouring chapel is also worth a visit."

"Weardale Museum is a fantastic place, one of those hidden, rare gems that you must visit to truly appreciate. The immensely knowledgable staff really brought the story behind each exhibit to life. It is well worth a visit"

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