Dedicated to preserving the heritage of Weardale and its people.
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 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.
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.
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.
We are a small independent folk museum run entirely by volunteers to the high standards set by the Arts Council for England.
"Our family visited the museum whilst on holiday in Weardale, we found it fascinating! The volunteers demonstrated a fantastic level of knowledge and couldnt be more helpful. We will certainly be revisiting next time were 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."