The Weardale Museum


Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD

01388 517433

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Membership of our organisation is made up of “Friends of the Weardale Museum” who, for a small annual subscription, receive a membership card entitling them to free admission to the Museum, a newsletter and the right to attend and vote at the AGM.


Our aim is to encourage a large number of ‘Friends’ who wish to support the Museum in its aim to preserve the heritage of Weardale for the benefit of visitors and those who live here :-


Our yearly subscriptions are:-

Individual membership £3

Family membership £5


Click below to download a Subscription Form





Anyone who visits the Museum more than once per year would benefit from being a Friend.We encourage Friends to pay their membership through the Gift Aid for Charities scheme.


If you are not a UK Tax Payer or do not wish to pay your subscription by Gift Aid just cross out the sections which refer to Gift Aid and write "Friend Only"


Contact :


Katharine Heatherington  (Treasurer), Daisy Villa, Westgate-in-Weardale, DL13 1LG,  (01388) 5i7208


Our Museum is run entirely by volunteers.


The Museum is a registered charity whose Trustees are elected annually by its members “The Friends of the Weardale Museum”. The 16 elected Trustees meet every month to make decisions. Keeping the Museum open for the advertised hours is a major task and we have about 25-30 volunteer stewards who take turns to welcome visitors. New Stewards are always welcome.


Though voluntary the Museum seeks to achieve the highest standards of care for its collection and since 1992 we have achieved Accredited Status with the MLA, which sets the benchmarks for all museums in the country.


We received a Carnegie Award for excellent interpretation and are recognised by Renaissance North and Arts Council for England as an “outstanding volunteer run museum”.


We are grateful for the help and support of our community for over 33 years and wish to acknowledge the contribution of many Friends and volunteers who are no longer with us.


The Museum is an independent organisation without subsidy from any local authority, business or patron.


We hope that you enjoy your visit and will tell your friends.



Be a Friend

Subscription Form Help to manage our museum and make decisions Become a Friend of the Museum Be the Friendly Face at the front desk Talk to the visitors about our artefacts. Help paint, decorate and clean the Museum Help carry out small maintenance tasks. Research and create new stories and displays Help conserve and preserve artefacts. Index and catalogue our collection.

Tell your friends and Family and encourage them to visit.

Leave a comment in our visitors book.

If you provide accommodation please tell your guests.

Leave a review on Trip Advisor and Facebook

Tweet about us on Twitter

Please help spread the word Tell your friends and family

Practical ways that you can help by donating your time

Become a Trustee - help to make decisions and shape the future at our monthly meetings.

Demonstarte your support by becoming a Friend of the Museum.

Be the welcoming face that our visitors first see when they arrive by joining our team of over twenty stewards.

Talk to visitors about our artefacts and displays

Help carry out the mundane housekeeping tasks of cleaning, painting and decorating.

Carry out simple maintenance tasks around the Museum.

Research new stories or interesting artefacts and photographs and help to create new displays..

Help to preserve, conserve and protect our collection.

Catalogue and index the collection.

Be part of our team

A group of Trustees and Volunteers