It really is fun and rewarding working with us. We stopped kidnapping travellers and ransoming them to raise funds back in the nineties. People now come to help voluntarily, but we can always do with more.

Museum guides

Many of our volunteers enjoy greeting and chatting to visitors. You don’t need vast local knowledge or a degree in history to do that – just a wide smile and a willingness to learn and share.

What Volunteers Think

"Until I became a volunteer at the Heritage Centre, I never appreciated what a treasure trove we had on our own doorstep."

"I really enjoy the time I spend at the Heritage Centre - it's a great way to learn something new, meet visitors and help the local community."

"I volunteered when I retired and I find that I am using my typing and computing skills again for benefit of the Centre. I feel so useful again."

"Being a volunteer means that I feel part of a great bunch of people who are looking after our heritage and ensuring that it's not forgotten."

"I was never really into history that much, but it’s not stopped me from helping out and feeling valued."

"Family commitments mean I can’t come on a regular basis, but when there’s a big project on I’m always happy to help out when I can."

"I just get such enjoyment helping visitors get the most form their visit. It’s that glow when they leave with a smile."

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The Heritage Centre, Station Yard, Woodburn Road, Bellingham, Northumberland. NE48 2DG

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