Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD
Randolph-Macon College is the oldest affiliated Methodist College in the USA. In January 2018 their choir decided to make a tour of UK, and their research brought them to High House Chapel, the oldest purpose built Methodist Chapel in continuous weekly use.
We opened specially for their visit and invited them to sing in the chapel as part of their visit. They had an organist among their company and sang three hymns and a blessing.
If you have a group and would like to visit the Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, we'd love to hear from you.
We provide a talk about the chapel as part of the visit and you can sing or have a service if you wish, but you don't have to be a religious group to enjoy a visit and learn about our history.
Join our Great Hunt for Museum Mice.
In March we learned that High House Church Council had decided in principle to cease worshipping in High House Chapel at the end of October 2018.
This followed the discovery of dry rot and other subsequent problems associated with the building.
The Weardale Museum are tenants next door but a decision to close the chapel would have a knock on effect on the Museum.
The Church Council are in conversation with The Methodist Connexion to see whether High House can be preserved as a heritage asset. While we await this decision the Museum Trustees are considering other options should the Chapel close and we have to move out.
In the meantime we have enjoyed a good start to the season with our "Mouse Hunt" at Easter which has brought in families with their children.
Hunting for mice will continue through the season but we have much more to offer including new interactive ipad displays to increase our capacity to tell stories.