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.
We 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.