See, hear and absorb the fascinating history of this special part of Northumberland.
The Heritage Centre is closed at the moment for its winter break, and will re-open again on Good Friday, 29 March 2024. We look forward to seeing you then!
Kielder on Camera - new exhibition opens at Easter
Valdemars Blankenburgs came to England as a refugee from Latvia after World War 2, and worked as the surveyor for the Forestry Commission at Kielder. He was a keen photographer, and created over 10,000 photographs of Kielder, Bellingham and the surrounding area. This year's seasonal exhibition covers his experiences as a refugee, the development of Kielder Forest, his interest in wildlife and in local history.
The Heritage Centre is open all week from Easter until the end of October half term, 10am to 4pm. Meanwhile, the Parcel Shed on the platform is open every day of the year - it's free to enter, and you can find out all sorts of fascinating facts about Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn, and see a mini-exhibition of everyday objects from the 1960s.
The Heritage Centre is closed over the winter while the team of volunteers are busy behind the scenes. New volunteers are always welcome - please get in touch.
We operate PAY WHAT YOU THINK IT IS WORTH donations rather than admissions. There is no set admission fee. You simply pay what you think it is worth. Feel free to donate before or after admission or feel free to just visit us for free. (Group visits are still chargeable as these are usually separately agreed and additional volunteers are brought in to manage a group visit. The museum is often opened especially for such visits as well.)
Tea on the Train
Visit Tea on the Train when visiting the Heritage Centre and enjoy a first class 125 carriage and great refreshments. Tea on the Train is open every day, all year round, 10.00 - 4.00. (10.30 to 3.30, until Good Friday 2024).
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 on, you know you want a peek!
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.
Children, families and school visits
There are lots of things for children to do and find out at the Heritage Centre, whether they are visiting with their families or with school. Watch this film!
"A tremendous effort! So creative; really something to be proud of.
Congratulations to all involved."
Memory Lane / Group Visits
Fancy a trip down memory lane 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 discount at Tea on the Train. You’ll also be helping us look after and promote the heritage of the area.
What our Visitors say!
We get excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and visitors leave very positive feedback in our vistors' book. Come and see what you are missing.