See, hear and absorb the fascinating history of this special part of Northumberland.

Visit our timeline to see something of our history. See our virtual tours.


'Tea on the Train' is coming soon. We are looking for staff for our new enterprise 'Tea on the Train'. Click the button below for more information on these exiting opportunities.

The carriages outside of the Heritage Centre.


WE RE-OPEN on Wednesday 19th May 2021! (subject to the usual Covid caveats) and will operate 10am - 4pm, Wednesday - Sunday each week, plus Bank Holidays for the remainder of 2021. You will notice changes but can be sure of a warm welcome & fascinating visit.

Entry Fees for 2021 (unchanged from 2020):

  • Adult £4
  • Children under 16 Free
  • Concession £3.50
  • Groups £2.50 per head

Have you got an image?

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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.

Digital Collections

Example image from the Collier Collection - Bellingham after the storm of 1911

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!

VE 75.

VE Day 75th Anniversary poster issued during Covid-19 Pandemic.

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.


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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:

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Can you help us?

A volunteer working with our collections softwareWe 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.

Thank you.

School Visits & Children

All welcome!


"A tremendous effort! So creative; really something to be proud of.

Congratulations to all involved."

John Grundy

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.

Our Timeline

Our timeline image

Visit our timeline to see something of our history.