The Weardale Museum


Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD

01388 517433

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Research from a Distance.

Information about the resources for which we hold data

If you can't visit the Museum to conduct your own research let our experts take the strain. Our data is not published on the web but Ken Heatherington and Eric Draper our resident experts can conduct the search for you.  


Ken Heatherington:      email: [email protected]

Eric Draper:                    email: [email protected]

David Heatherington:  email:[email protected]  (01388 517433)

The more information you can provide for them the better.


However, often a successful search can be carried out with the simplest of information, the surname, forenames and approximate date of birth.


Our database and record files concentrate specifically on Weardale and, with minor exceptions, do not extend beyond the ancient parishes of Stanhope and Wolsingham.  


Note. Eric is also willing to conduct many family history enquiries for people who have no connection with Weardale.


You will appreciate that our volunteers have  spent hundred of hours, collecting and collating this information and building a system for you to use and enjoy.


There is no formal charge but we appreciate donations which recognise the value of their contribution to your work.

Our Genealogists Eric Draper and Ken Heatherington at the Family History station.

What do they need to know ?

A unique and powerful family history resource  


containing over 60,000 individuals, from some 300 Weardale families,


whose relationships can be displayed as ancestor charts or descendant trees.

Genealogy Database Census Records Memorial Inscriptions Parish Registers Stanhope Burials Tithe Records Old Maps School Admissions War Records & Memorials Wills and Deeds Letters from Emigrants Photographs & Postcards Genealogies Newspaper Cuttings Research from a Distance Back to Family History

Contacts for our genealogy support:

Ken Heatherington



[email protected]


Ken takes the lead on developing the Weardale Museum resources.



Eric Draper



[email protected]


Eric provides research for the Weardale resources and additionally will help people with family history enquiries not related to Weardale.



David Heatherington (01388)517433)



[email protected]


David curates the Museum but is available to support family history enquiries.

How to make a donation

Your donations all go towards making the Museum sustainable. They also demonstrate that you value the many hours of work which our volunteers have done in collecting and putting together this resource for the benefit of our visitors.


Where possible we like our donations to be gift aided as the government will give an extra 20% to your donation.


You can only donate by Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.


If you are visiting the Museum ask for a Gift Aid form and hand it with your donation to the steward on duty.


If you are researching from a distance please print out the gift aid page and make your cheque payable to "The Weardale Museum",


c/o The Secretary,



Bp Auckland,

Co Durham,

DL13 1NR

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