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The Weardale Museum
& High House Chapel

Ireshopeburn, Co. Durham, DL13 1HD

“Outstanding Volunteer Run Museum”

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Our Museum is run entirely by volunteers.

The Museum is a registered charity whose Trustees are elected annually by its members “The Friends of the Weardale Museum”. The 16 elected Trustees meet every month to make decisions. Keeping the Museum open for the advertised hours is a major task and we have about 25-30 volunteer stewards who take turns to welcome visitors. New Stewards are always welcome.

Though voluntary the Museum seeks to achieve the highest standards of care for its collection and since 1992 we have achieved Accredited Status with the MLA, which sets the benchmarks for all museums in the country.

We received a Carnegie Award for excellent interpretation and are recognised by Renaissance North and Arts Council for England as an “outstanding volunteer run museum”.

We are grateful for the help and support of our community for over 25 years and wish to acknowledge the contribution of many Friends and volunteers who are no longer with us.


The Museum is an independent organisation without subsidy from any local authority, business or patron.

We hope that you enjoy your visit and will tell your friends.

Become a Friend

Membership of our organisation is made up of “Friends of the Weardale Museum” who, for a small annual subscription, receive a membership card entitling them to free admission to the Museum, a newsletter and the right to attend and vote at the AGM.

Our aim is to encourage a large number of ‘Friends’ who wish to support the Museum in its aim to preserve the heritage of Weardale for the benefit of visitors and those who live here :-

Our yearly subscriptions are:-

Individual membership £3

Family membership £5

Click below to download a Friend’s Subscription Form

Anyone who visits the Museum more than once per year would benefit from being a Friend.

We encourage Friends to pay their membership through the Gift Aid for Charities scheme. Click below to download a Gift Aid Form.

Contact :

Jean Proud (Treasurer), South View, Ireshopeburn, Co. Durham, DL13 1EY

(01388) 537417

“Fantastic Staff - Extremely Helpful”

How can you help?


Donate your time

Please be an ambassador for the Museum

If you enjoy your visit please tell our stewards, tell your friends and tell your relatives.

Friends Subscription Gift Aid