See, hear and absorb the fascinating history of this special part of Northumberland.
Drop In Workshop for 6+ year olds
Thu 11th August 10am – 12pm
Bellingham Belle, Tea on the Train (The Heritage Centre), Station Yard, Woodburn Road, Bellingham, NE48 2DG
All welcome for a morning of drop-in art activities with current artists in residence Bethan Harris and Will Copley. You can also make a sun print with Lucy May Schofield:
Tell us what you love about Northumberland! Simply draw and cut-out a paper stencil to make a unique sun print. The design will be revealed when the print is rinsed under water turning the paper a beautiful shade of blue where the light has touched the print. Suitable for anyone and everyone, 6 years +. The prints made on the day will be featured in a permanent public artwork for the Heritage Centre.
This workshop is supported by VARC, Revitalising Redesdale’s Community Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Project partners are Bellingham NSPCC, Heritage Centre Bellingham and VARC.
Image: Lucy May Schofield cyanotype workshop.
Tea on the Train
Our new venture 'Tea on the Train' opens to the public on Saturday 5th March serving tea/coffee, homemade cakes and light refreshements. We hope to see you there.
We operate 10am - 4pm, Wednesday - Sunday each week, plus Bank Holidays for the remainder of 2022. You can be sure of a warm welcome & fascinating visit.
JULY Only We are trialling PAY WHAT YOU THINK IT IS WORTH admissions. There is no set admission fee you simply pay what you think it is worth. Fell free to pay before or after admission. Children under 16 are still free to enter the museum at any time. (Group visits are still charegable as these are usually separatley agreed and additional volunteers are brought in to manage a group visit. The museum is often opened especially for such visits aas well.)
Have you got an image?
We are living in extraordinary times and we have launched an ambitious project to develop a photographic record of the impact of the Coronavirus on everyday life. We are asking people who live, work and visit the North Tyne and Redesdale area to help by capturing images on their phones and cameras of how Covid-19 is affecting their lives and communities.
We would like to invite you to take photographs of life under lockdown and the effects of the virus as you go about your everyday lives.
We have now made some of our Digital Collections available online. There are over 54,000 names in our ancestry database, nearly 2,000 Courant clippings and nearly 2,000 images from the Collier Collection (which is 100 years old). You can search these databases to see if you can find anything of interest or, you never know, you might find a picture of a relative from a 100 years ago. Go one, you know you want a peek!
It's the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and we have a superb digital exhibition to show you as the Centre cannot be open due to Covid-19.
Due to recent Covid closures we have staged the VE Day 75 year celebrations digitally.
The interruption to normal opening has caused us to reschedule our seasonal exhibitions planned for the next few years. Here is our new schedule:
ENTWINED: Rural. Land. Lives. Art. continues with Bridget Kennedy's one-month residency at Bellingham Heritage Centre
Bridget Kennedy has just started her one-month ENTWINED residency at Bellingham Heritage Centre. Bridget is interested in the shaping and history of land through geology, weather and human endeavour and how these relationships are reflected in the tools and technologies used in rural locations. She creates work which is site or circumstance specific, often making objects which combine craft-based, hand making methods with more traditional Fine Art techniques. Previous work has involved making small portable looms, weaving with them outdoors and incorporating materials found at a particular site into the weaving. We look forward to seeing how Bridget will respond to the Heritage Centre’s vast collections and extensive knowledge of its volunteer staff to inform and inspire her work.
Save the date: Bridget Kennedy will be showing works in progress at an open studio event on Saturday 17th July at Bellingham Heritage Centre.
Can you help us?
We are looking for new volunteers and Trustees to help with our plans to grow the Centre at the heart of Bellingham and the Redesdale area. We have a choice of roles to fit your skills, interests and experience, and provide training where required. Interested in finding out more? Please click on the More button below for further details.
School Visits & Children
"A tremendous effort! So creative; really something to be proud of.
Congratulations to all involved."
Memory Lane / Group Visits
Fancy a trip down memory land or use of a memory box for your group or educational class (at any level)? We have four offerings available.
Become a Friend
For a modest annual fee you’ll get an invitation to special events, a heritage-packed newsletter and free admission to see all our temporary exhibitions. (Friends can also bring guests for free.) You’ll also be helping us look after and promote the heritage of the area.
What our Visitors say!
We get excellent review on Tripadvisor and visitors leave very positive feedback in our vistirs book. Come and see what you are missing.