We have paired up with Volunteer Week and Big Help Out again this year.  The Heritage Centre is 99% volunteer run, and would not have any of the information or stories without volunteers that we’ve had past and present. 

We will be opening up early on Saturday 8 June at 9:30 a.m., and staying open later until 6:00 p.m. to give people a chance to drop in and meet some of our volunteers and committee members who can discuss the different aspects of volunteering with you and the different volunteering roles which are available.

The Big Help Out: during the pandemic, millions of people volunteered to support each other through the biggest national crisis since the Second World War. This cemented volunteering as a coredriver of connection. However, in the years since the worst phase of the pandemic drew to a close, the country has seen a significant decline in volunteer numbers.The Big Help Out saw the opportunity to invite people to step forward in their communities to give their time, not money, to important causes.

The first Big Help Out, on May 8th 2023 as part of His Majesty the King and Queen’s Coronation, was a large-scale campaign that brought together the UK’s most influential volunteering organisations, and hundreds of grassroots community groups, to encourage people to try something new. 7.2million people participated!

Do come along on Saturday 8 June to find out about joining the Heritage Centre's enthusiastic volunteer team.

We are holding our Annual Classic and Vinatage Vehicle Rally on Sunday 14th of April 2024 between 10am and 4pm.

This popular event is an important fund raising event for the Heritage Centre.

In recent years we have attracted over 70 vehicles comprising cars, tractors, motor cycles and commercial vehicles. During the day a "lighthearted" competition is held with visitors and exhibitors asked to vote for the best turned out vehicle. The winner receives a cup and trophy which are donated by friends of the late Ian McInnes, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the event. 

For further details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0780 085 3475.

If you are an exhibitor application forms for entries can be downloaded here.

Vintage Car Day

(Image courtesy of one of our volunteers, Mick Maughan)

A view of Brownrigg display cabinetWe have had lots of visitors who have been at Brown Rigg, either international or national students, as well as family members coming in, to help re live their parent’s past.

This shows the incredible impact that Brown Rigg has had, and we are still so grateful for their kindness in giving us the information for our permanent exhibit.

Come along and have a look for yourself. Especially if you are staying at Brown Rigg, see how it used to be., or visit their website for more information 

Brown Rigg School

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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.

Family week – August 21st – 27th

We are going to be running a week of free family activities

Monday – Horses to Tractors – Looking at when and why famers and others started using tractors, and looking at the different horses that would have been used, for what job, and if one tractor could do all of those jobs. We are running three sessions at set times during the day 10:30 – 11:30, 12:30 – 13:30 and 14:30 – 15:30.