Share your treasures at Love Our Heritage

Could you help us? We’re looking for people to bring items they own to a special event, where members of local history societies will be on hand to try and offer an insight into the items’ historical significance to the region, in a special Love Our Heritage event.

It’s free to attend and will take place on Saturday 9th February, between 11am and 3pm, at our Heritage Centre at Winlaton Mill.

If you’d like to find out more about some of your hidden treasures that have been stored away in the loft or stashed away in the back of a cupboard gathering dust for years, you are welcome to drop in throughout the day. We’re describing as a cross between the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and a ‘show-and-tell’ session.

With 500 years of heritage, history, heroes and habitats, the Land of Oak & Iron has a whole industrial and cultural heritage to celebrate. What better way to do that than by inviting everyday people like you and me you who live locally into the Heritage Centre with their long-lost treasures, to see if our knowledgeable local enthusiasts may be able to shed some light on the stories behind them.

Don’t forget… the Land of Oak & Iron is a 177 kmarea surrounding the Derwent Valley including Consett, Rowlands Gill, Prudhoe and Whickham. With such a wide area, we’re really hopeful people will come forward and we’ll find lots of hidden treasures!

Just a polite note – we’re not asking for established experts to bring along well-known collections or inviting you to come down and have your possessions valued. Rather, the Love Our Heritage event really is about uncovering and exploring the hidden gems of our past. It could be some old photos, diaries or newspaper cuttings, household items or industrial artefacts. Big or small, we want to see them all to help us re-tell the story of by-gone years in the region and breathe some life back into our history.

What’s more, throughout the course of the Love Our Heritage event, Richard Carlton from The Archaeological Practice will also be on-hand. He will have a small piece of a 1780’s waggonway on display, alongside a few other artefacts, in his contribution to the ‘show-and-tell’ nature of the event.

We’re really looking forward to seeing what items people bring along – it should be a really interesting and enlightening day. We want to make it really clear that we’re not asking you to give us your hidden treasures, rather to bring them along and share their stories with us on the day. Whatever items you bring along will be returning home with you at the end of the day!

However, in the spirit of sharing, we’re also planning an exhibition that celebrates the region’s history, heroes and habitats at a special event running throughout March at the Heritage Centre. Any items discovered of special significance during the Love Our Heritage event will be invited to be showcased on a loan basis to the Land of Oak & Iron, especially for the exhibition. How exciting!

Want to be in with a chance of having your treasured items on display in this special exhibition? Come on down to Our Love Heritage Day and share your stories with us!