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

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.

The story of a unique institution by Ian Roberts - in 2022 we reissued an updated version of this popular book. Available at The Heritage Centre Bellingham. 

Brown Rigg was a school for boys and girls near the village of Bellingham in the North Tyne Valley. Beginning as a boarding-school for Tyneside's wartime evacuees from 1940-45. Brown Rigg evolved into a most unusual Country boarding-school with and educational policy way ahead of its time. From then until it's closure in 1985. Brown Rigg provided a rich, varied and incredibly popular school experience for the children who passed through its doors.

A Centenary Celebration - Memories of People, Locomotives and Trains. London and North Eastern Railway. 

A souvenir of the 2023 centenary display, focusing on;

  • Leisure
  • Named trains
  • Engineering
  • Routes

We are always looking for new volunteers and Committee Members / Trustees to help run our museum and ensure it thrives and flourishes. Can you help? If you are interested there is more information on our volunteer page or trustee page and you can contact us here. Thank you.