Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD
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 open from 1.30 - 4.30pm
Easter and Bank Holidays
May, June, Sept & Oct - Wed to Sunday
July and August - every afternoon.
Extra Opening Times in school holidays
The Museum will also open for County Durham school holidays between 4th April and 1st November.
Ring 01388 517433 .
We are a small independent folk museum run entirely by volunteers to the high standards set by the Arts Council for England.
"It is unbelievable how much you have packed inside."
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The Methodist Fellowship at High House Chapel has now ceased worship in the chapel and the Museum is in the final stages of purchasing the building after which it will seek the funding to carry out repairs and renovations thus saving an important building in our community.
High House is an historic Methodist Chapel, built in n1760 it is one of the very earliest chapels in the world.
March 18 2020
Most of our stewards are in the high risk over 70 category and the latest Government guidelines and advice from NHS to practice social distancing, avoid gatherings and all unnecessary travel for up to 14 weeks means that the Museum will be closed for the foreseeable future. Please ignore our normal opening times below, return to the site for latest updates , or ring 01388 517433