Welcome to Chopwell

Get lost in memories with the new display at our Heritage Centre at Winlaton Mill, which celebrates personal stories of a great social life in Chopwell. Delve into stories of life working in the mines; evenings spent in the dancehalls and clubs; Italian ice cream treats and fish & chips and childhoods spent playing in the woods and river.

Philippa Carter is a student at Newcastle University, working in collaboration with Land of Oak & Iron to research memory and landscape. The ‘Welcome to Chopwell’ exhibition was created by Philippa as part of her PhD research.

Working with participants in Chopwell and Winlaton, Philippa interviewed people about their memories of work and social life in and around the villages over the years. The project explores how people feel about the heritage of the places where they live and what they feel is important about the local landscape.