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The Weardale Museum
& High House Chapel

Ireshopeburn, Co. Durham, DL13 1HD

“Outstanding Volunteer Run Museum”

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Arts Council Award

Weardale Room

The Tapestry

John Wesley


1788 Subscription Library

Weardale Railways

Emigrant Stories

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Rocks & Minerals

Lead mining & Quarrying - rocks,minerals & fossils

Weardale has been mined for lead ore since the time of William the Conqueror but it was the eighteenth century which witnessed a sudden rise in population as new technology enabled deeper mines to be sunk.

When the lead ore ran out other minerals became economically important.

The Mineral Collection

The fine specimens of local crystallized minerals and ganister fossils at the Weardale Museum were the lifetime collections of two local miners, Bill Proud, a founder member of the Museum and Joe Robson. We are pleased to display them in our museum.  

Weardale Minerals include:  Galena or Lead Ore.  Ironstone,  Fluorspar      Limestone,    Ganister,  Whinstone, 	 Frosterley marble Fracturing these rocks are veins of lead ore and other minerals which have supported centuries of mining. Many of the minerals are spectacularly beautiful and some are unique to the area. A visit to ‘Killhope Lead-mining Museum’ is a highly recommended. Visit Killhope