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The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel

Ireshopeburn DL13 1HD, England
+44 1388 517433
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Weardale history

The museum is a truly wonderful place to learn about life in the valley, going back to mining times... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
plumbib
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Durham, United Kingdom
A Taste of History

A great little museum but you must check out the opening times as these can vary from season to... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
BigStew
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Sunderland
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The Weardale Museum is a volunteer run charity in Ireshopeburn, County Durham. It is a small cottage museum which occupies the house next to High House Methodist Chapel, the oldest methodist Chapel in continuous use. The Museum collection tells the story of the lead-mining people and also their encounters with John Wesley and the early methodists and a visit to the chapel is part of the admission fee. The trustees encourage visitors to touch and interact with many of the fascinating objects in their Weardale Kitchen. Durham quilts and a beautifully embroidered tapestry of Weardale History are among the highlights of a visit as well as the collection of sparkling crystals and minerals from the nearby lead mines. For those interested in family history we offer a huge database of over 60,000 Weardale people. Our season starts at the Easter weekend and then we are open From May 1st to October 31st. Check our website for details of the hours and days of opening.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ireshopeburn DL13 1HD, England
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+44 1388 517433
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is a truly wonderful place to learn about life in the valley, going back to mining times and old trades etc. The volunteers running the museum are very welcoming and helpful, and can give some really interesting stories about some of the artifacts...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your review which I hope will encourage others to visit. Our volunteers will also be pleased to hear that their efforts to welcome our guests is appreciated.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

A great little museum but you must check out the opening times as these can vary from season to season.More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Hi Stu, Thank you for your review. As a volunteer run museum we are dependent on people giving their time to help run the museum. We do however recognise our commitment to open for visitors at the times we advertise so that we do not...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

We had an absolutely fantastic time at the Weardale Museum yesterday. A great little museum that captured the imagination of us all. Especially recommended for Geology lovers, with many great Spar samples (including Lead Ores, Galena and Fluorspar amongst others. An interesting history of the...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you very much for your review Patrick. We are busy developing Ipad displays at the moment to try to give added value to displays in our com(packed) little museum.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Wonderful museum to visit - so much to see to transport the visitor back to times gone by. My main reason for visiting was regarding my family tree - not enough time in a day to do this because the museum holds so much information!...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Thank you so much for your kind remarks which will be appreciated by our dedicated volunteers. Peer review and word of mouth helps us so much to get round the problem of having no budget for marketing. I hope that you found the information you...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Small museum packed with artefacts giving you an insight into the local history. There is something of interest for everyone. Very friendly and knowledgable volunteers. Particularly appreciated the efforts put in to research our family history.More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Hello Henig, thank you very much for your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit and were able to research your family history. I don't know how far your visit allowed us to help you with your researching but if you need any...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We recently visited the Weardale museum for the first time and quickly realised that one visit was not going to suffice - so much to see in such a small venue. The past is brought to life through the items from local daily life donated...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you so much for your review. It is really helpful to us knowing what people enjoyed and what they think might improve our collection. I hope that when you return we will have our ipads fully installed with new stories and have found other...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

This small museum is run by volunteers. The museum contains a wealth of material. A recreation of a typical home. Many exhibits and posters covering subjects from history of the lead mining to the Methodism movement. Only £3 entry I highly recommend a visit to...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thank you for your kind review Sisterea, our £3 entry fee reflects the fact that from the outside you would expect the collection to be quite small whereas visitors are usually amazed by what they find on the inside. Q. What can you get for...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2017

This museum is run by local volunteers and has a wealth of information about a range of subjects. Particularly interesting is the room on the history of Methodism in Weardale (the building is an old chapel), but the lead worker's kitchen, the sections on archaeology,...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thank you very much for your review Jenny, it is much appreciated. Yes, please check our opening times before you travel, I would hate visitors to be disappointed. We are staffed by volunteers who have many other roles in life and to ensure that we...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Had been looking forward to visiting here for a long time, and I was not disappointed. Although a tiny museum, it is packed full of interest, and you can actually touch the exhibits. Being a Methodist I was particularly interested in the Wesley Room, and...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2017

Thank you Catkin, we really appreciate your comments. The chapel is now the oldest purpose built Methodist Chapel in continuous use and the story of how Methodism changed the lives of those early lead-miners is quite compelling. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

The museum is situated in the village of Ireshopeburn in Weardale. It is not easy to locate but the best landmark is the chapel next door. There is a small car park at the back of the chapel. the museum is run by volunteers and...More

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David H, Manager at The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thank you very much for your review Barry it is much appreciated. We had higher than average numbers attending yesterday which is great from a business point of view but it meant that our visitors did not receive the individual attention that they usually enjoy....More

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lgs1961
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Hello, Mining history - yes. Dragon Folklore - No.
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