Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum

A view of an old mine set in a hillside with a large water wheel
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Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a multi award winning museum. Killhope is the only lead mine in the North-east open to the public.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Daily
July 19th to August 31st 10.30 am to 5 pm
September 1st to 24th October 11am to 4pm
October 25th to November 2nd 10.30am to 5 pm


Closed: Nov - Mar - However we are open all year round for pre - booked groups of over 10

Admission charges

Adult £8,20 Concession £7.20 Children £4.50 Under 4 years free. Tickets valid for 12months
Prices correct 18/08/2014

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

Additional info

Killhope has a well-stocked shop and cafe.
Wonderful Woodland Walk which includes Red Squirrel Hide. Free Parking. Dogs welcome

Large Waterwheel
Items of Leadmining History
Industrial and Social History
Local Minerals
Spar Boxes

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Industry

Key artists and exhibits

  • Kathryn Hodgkinson
  • Pennine Jewels
  • Sir Kingsley Dunham
  • Sir William George Armstrong
  • Thomas Sopwith
  • Routes and Riches : Journeys to new lands
  • Soundmine
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Life as a Miner

  • 1 April — 1 November 2015 *on now

Created to give visitors an insight into the lives of Victorian lead miners, our fantastic new exhibition marks the completion of the first stage of the museum’s Rediscover Killhope project.

Killhope was one of the most productive lead mines in England in the late 1800s so the exhibition opens with a video exploring minerals and their industrial uses. The Led Here By Lead section also explains why it was the specific geology of the area that led to people choosing to settle at the top end of Weardale.

Visitors then make their way into a miner’s kitchen, where items reflecting the everyday life of Victorian miners, who usually combined their work underground with farming, are on display.

The mine manager’s drawing room features mineral collections, surveying equipment and scientific treatises, while our country show area offers an insight into the arts and crafts that occupied the miners during their spare time.

Killhope’s famous spar box collection is still well represented, with the Eggleston spar box, a two metre tall fantastical display of minerals assembled into a miniature cavern, taking pride of place in our new exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/LifeasaMiner.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Heritage Open Days

  • 10 October 2014 — 13 October 2015 *on now

10 October until 13 October free admission to the museum and site. £3.00, mine supplement applies for mine tours.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Kids Clay Play

  • 31 May 2015
  • 28 June 2015

Come along to Killhope and take part in some clay play

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.00 per child

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Kids Spar Box Workshop

  • 14 June 2015 1:30pm
  • 9 August 2015 1:30pm

Visit the minerals and Spar Boxes in our collection and be inspired to make your own creation to take home. All materials supplied. Keep this very special folk craft alive! Booking recommended.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£8.00 per child

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Hazely Hush Guided Walk

  • 30 May 2015 1:30pm
  • 27 June 2015 1:30pm
  • 25 July 2015 1:30pm
  • 29 August 2015 1:30pm
  • 26 September 2015 1:30pm

A free guided walk into Killhopes’ woodland environment. The hush will be explored, ancient mining techniques discussed and a chance to see our rare Red Squirrels. This is not a gentle stroll so stout footwear is essential. 

Suitable for

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

River Ecology

  • 17 May 2015 From 1:30pm
  • 26 May 2015 From 1:30pm
  • 19 July 2015 From 1:30pm

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.00 per child

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Red Squirrel Awareness Day at Killhope

  • 24 May 2015
  • 27 September 2015

Come along to Killhope and learn all about our resident red squirrels.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.00 per child

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Woodland Sculpture

  • 28 May 2015 From 1:30pm
  • 2 August 2015 From 1:30pm
  • 30 August 2015 From 1:30pm

Come along to Killhope and have a go at some woodland sculpture.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£4.00 per child

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Quoits Championship and Blacksmith Demonstration

  • 21 June 2015

Come along for the Quoits Championship at Killhope.

Sunday 21 June, free admission to Quoits Championship entrant - £3.00 mine supplement applies for mine trip.

Shield sponsored by Friends of Killhope.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.00 mine supplement applies for mine trip.

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

‘Wheels and Belts’ a talk on the workings of Killhope Wheel and Jigger House 

  • 12 July 2015 From 2pm
  • 20 September 2015 From 2pm

Come along for a talk on the workings of Killhope Wheel and Jigger House.

Suitable for

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Animal Handling Session by Four Paws

  • 26 July 2015 1-4pm

Come along to an animal handling session at Killhope.

Sunday 26 July, 3 x ¾ hour sessions between 1 and 4 pm, £5.00 per child. Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00 per child

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

National Play Day

  • 5 August 2015

Lots of fun, crafts, Family Tea Cups and Saucer Ride, Sand Play and lots more. 

Wednesday 5 August, Children FREE with full paying adult or valid 12 month ticket.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal adult admission charges apply

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Victorian Day Out

  • 23 August 2015

Victorian games, Shuggie Boats, trip down the Victorian mine, dressing up in Victorian clothes and much more. Regrettably children under 4 years old are not allowed underground.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Spar Boxes Talk

  • 10 September 2015 2-3pm

A talk about spar boxes. This curious type of folk art is created by minerals and rocks sources by miners while they work.

Suitable for

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Deadly or Delicious? 

  • 13 September 2015 From 1:30pm

In the company of expert Brian Athey learn about edible specimes found at Killhope. Followed by BBQ taster session of edible specimens found.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£1.00 per adult 50p per child.

Website

http://www.killhope.org.uk/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum
Near Cowshill
Upper Weardale
Co Durham
Durham
DL13 1AR
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.killhope.org.uk

E-mail

Info@killhope.org.uk

Telephone

01388 537505

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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