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Celebrating 25 years of Heritage Open Days

We are proud to once again be supporting this national festival as it celebrates 25 years of opening doors to England’s heritage, community and history. Supported by over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers it is the country’s largest festival of history and culture. We’re very excited that our Hands on Heritage event has… Read more

Vote for Northumberland

Northumberland is the county with the most castles, the quietest National Park, the longest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall (and therefore the richest Roman history) and some of the most staggering beaches in the whole of the UK, and now more than ever is the time to gloat about it. Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Tourism… Read more

Get crafty this summer

Escape the rain, get creative and make something to take home and treasure with our summer activities.  This week more than 70 children and their families have got stuck in with clay, paint and natural materials. Great fun was had by everyone, learning how to make traditional thumb pots by squishing their thumb into a… Read more

Greening the Derwent Valley Competition

Gardening and environmental enthusiasts are invited to enter their green spaces into a local contest. The ‘Greening Derwent Valley’ competition encourages residents, community organisations, businesses and schools in the Durham part of the Derwent Valley to keep their area looking great by celebrating its most impressive floral displays, gardens, planters, allotments and wider environmental improvements…. Read more

Watling Wood through the seasons

Explore Watling Wood in Leadgate this week and discover photos hanging in the trees showing how it has changed from winter through to summer. Local photographer and film maker Simon Green, from Consett has been visiting the woodland and capturing the changing seasons since last October. His images, films and interviews with local people tell… Read more

Forging Ahead July 2019

Sit back with a cuppa in this beautiful summer sunshine and catch up on our latest news. Find out about all our family friendly summer activities at the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre and the centre in Tyne Riverside country Park at Prudhoe. Also, plan ahead for our exciting programme of events and… Read more

Look out – schools out!

Discover map making, create mini sculptures and learn how to do foil leaf impressions with our summer activities. These are just some of the crafts on offer at our Winlaton Mill and Prudhoe Heritage Centres throughout the school holidays. No need to book just turn up on the day and enjoy. We’re hoping for summer… Read more

Heart warming stage success

Following the huge success of it’s debut at the Consett Empire last week, we are pleased to announce two more performances of ‘Searching for the Heart of the Land of Oak & Iron’. Folklore of the forest, dreams of the Derwent, courage of our communities – our play has it all and will take you… Read more

Inspire families this summer

Summer is here and it’s not long until the children finish school. We will be hosting craft making workshops during the summer holidays for children and their families and we need your help to deliver these. Activities will be at the heritage centres at Winlaton Mill and Tyne Riverside Country Park, outside under our gazebo…. Read more

Bringing life to our Heritage Centres

Bringing a diverse experience of creating exhibitions showcasing history and historical heroes and engaging school children in their heritage, Susan Mackell our new Events & Interpretation Co-ordinator, will soon be bringing our local heritage to life. Susan joined our team in June and has already planned a summer holiday programme and started making contacts with… Read more