The story of Weardale is told in over 200 carefully embroidered vignettes.
Five panels, each 36x27 inches, depict the different periods in the developing history of Weardale; from the formation of our mineral veins; the use by Romans and Normans of our valley as a hunting forest; the largest lead-mining area in the country; to the coming of the railway and through to present day activities. It features not only the great and the good but also the lives, activities and events of ordinary people, in over 150 separate scenes.
The Tapestry was created between 2003 and 2009 by ‘Friends in Stitches’ a group of six Weardale residents who love embroidery and relish a challenge.
A booklet accompanying the Tapestry and developing its themes is available from the Museum.