Bellingham Heritage Centre

Railway;mining;farming,reivers;local history;photographic archive;oral history recordings;restored carriages
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The Heritage Centre, Bellingham, is the local museum of the North Tyne and Redesdale areas of Northumberland, situated in the former railway station. We have exhibits on the Border Reivers, the Border Counties Railway, mining and farming. The Centre holds the fascinating collection of W P Collier - a local photographer who recorded the history of the area between the two world wars - accessible to visitors by computer. Find out more by listening to our Chatterboxes and dial-up 'Voices from the Past' in an old red GPO telephone box, which shares our central space with the reconstructed historic Stannersburn Smithy, brought alive by video. Our extensive database of local family names and the interactive panel about Reiver families proves popular with visitors from the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australasia seeking information about their ancestors. Two railway carriages, recently restored by volunteers, present the only exhibition about the 'Wannie Line and provides interpretation of the nearby stunning walk up Hareshaw burn to the waterfall through the site of an extensive early 19th-century iron foundry - an area of SSSI within Northumberland National Park. To complement your visit, our converted buffet car offers vistors a refreshing and nostalgic 'journey' back to the glorious days of steam and diesel. (Both carriages open March 2012.)
We also host visiting exhibitions of historical or artistic interest and stage a series of heritage events throughout the year for different interest groups.

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Opening hours

1 April to 31 October
Mon-Sat: 9.30 am to 4.30 p.m.; Sun: 10.30 am to 3.30 pm
1 November to 31 March
Fri, Sat and Sun 10.30 am to 3.00 pm

Closed: Christmas - easter

Admission charges

Adults: £4.00
Families: £8.00
Concessions: £2.00
Friends: Free
Admission to temporary exhibitions is included in the above prices

Additional info

We ask that all groups contact us in advance as space is limited. Groups are also welcome out of normal opening hours by prior arrangement. Please contact us by email in both instances.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Sport, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Personalities, Land Transport, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • North Tyne Valley
  • Redesdale
  • Border Counties railway
  • Border Reivers
  • W P Collier
  • Railway
  • Mining
  • Farming
  • Stannersburn Smithy
  • Family Names Database
  • Historic Photos Database
  • Northumberland
  • Bellingham
  • Blacksmith
  • Farrier
  • Farrier's tools
  • Oral history
  • 'Wannie' Line railway
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.


Series of free colouring-in activity sheets for very young children related specifically to themes in the Heritage Centre. (Available from Easter 2012)

How to obtain

Freely-available in the Heritage Centre


Free family exploration sheet to help adults help children interact with some of our collections.

How to obtain

Request on arrival


Free downloadable, image-rich presentation for teachers and group leaders bringing children to the area. Suitable for use by children working independently, in groups or as a class activity. Accompanying notes provide pre-visit activities to help prepare children.

How to obtain

Download from website

Loans boxes

For schools and community groups we have free loans boxes. 'Health and hygiene' is our first. Under development are 'Shopping Around' and 'Growing up'.

How to obtain

Must be pre-booked and collected from the Heritage Centre

Pupil resources for school visits

For pre-booked groups we provide free activity sheets for different collections. With sufficient notice our Education Officer can work with teachers or group leaders to prepare bespoke materials to support your visit.

How to obtain

These can be emailed to you before your visit to enable you modify them to suit your children's needs and learning styles. Alternatively, contact the Heritage Centre stating how many you require and for which collection, and these will be available on the day of your visit.


Free children's find-and-seek trail. (No writing required)

How to obtain

Free on arrival

Bellingham Heritage Centre
Station Yard
Woodburn Road
NE48 2DF

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Heritage Centre

01434 220 050

Tourist Information Centre

01434 220 616

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