Car Park Closure Notice
Due to essential building works, the museum car park will be closed from Monday 13th June, until further notice. More information can be found here

Welcome to Weardale Museum

Dedicated to preserving the heritage of Weardale and its people.

Weardale Festival 2022

Doctors in the Dale: An exhibition of all things medical in Weardale through the years

Come and join us at the Weardale Festival 2022 for a few days of family activities, fascinating talks and music.
Event runs from Weds 31st August through to Sun 4th September

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

AGM, Funeral of Jean Proud

Museum AGM, Funeral of Jean Proud

A reminder that Friends of the Museum are invited to attend our AGM on Wednesday, 11th May at 7.00pm. The Funeral of our Museum founder, long time Treasurer and dearest friend will take place on Friday 6th May....

30th April 2022                  

Foyle Foundation Grant

Foyle Foundation Grant Award

We are delighted to announce the award of a significant grant from The Foyle Foundation which will support various of our projects....

29th April 2022      

Methodist Tapestry 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                             

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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