Museum Praised for Telling Story of County’s Lead Mining Past

Posted on November 9th 2021 by Whats on Northeast

VisitEngland has awarded Killhope Lead Mining Museum a Best Told Story accolade in honour of the high standards achieved by the staff at the Durham County Council attraction.

It follows a recent assessment as part of the national tourist board’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme.

Located in Upper Weardale, in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Killhope is an award-winning museum where visitors can experience what life was like for local lead mining families in the 19th century.

Alongside its iconic waterwheel and Victorian crushing mill, the museum offers underground mine tours and a visitor centre with an exhibition showing a lead miner’s cottage. There are also woodland walks, a hide for watching red squirrels, an action-packed programme of workshops and events and yurts that can be hired for special occasions.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “Killhope is such a special place where you really do feel as though you have stepped back in time. The Killhope team works so hard to provide exciting opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the area’s fascinating history and so to receive a VisitEngland Best Told Story award means a great deal to us all.

“Attractions such as Killhope, which celebrate our past in engaging and inspirational ways, are one of the reasons we believe County Durham’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 is so strong. What’s more, the museum’s location within the North Pennines AONB highlights the diversity of our landscapes and cultural offer.

“The Durham 2025 campaign aims to celebrate all that County Durham has to offer so please continue to support the bid and help us to create even more opportunities for our communities.”

Killhope has now closed for the winter but will reopen on Friday 1 April 2022. To find out more, visit

County Durham is one of just eight locations from across the UK to have made the next stage of the UK City of Culture 2025 competition, following a record-breaking 20 entries.

Durham County Council, Durham University and Culture Durham are spearheading the Durham 2025 campaign, which aims to secure the prestigious title for the whole of the county.

To find out more, leave messages of support and submit ideas of projects that could be developed as part of the bid visit For the latest news, follow @Durham2025 on Facebook, @Durham_2025 on Twitter and @Durham2025_ on Instagram.

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