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.