Bishop Auckland People’s Museum

Bishop Auckland People’s Museum The Bishop Auckland Peoples' Museum is a community volunteer run project. Based in the old Hippodrome

It was established to share the history and heritage of Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area. We operate the museum, a remembrance garden, a heritage walk and a Bishop Auckland railway exhibition. We hope you enjoy your visit and get a glimpse into our towns past.

Gerald Slack has published a small number of books relating to Bishop Auckland Town and the Railways, he has asked if we...
06/01/2024

Gerald Slack has published a small number of books relating to Bishop Auckland Town and the Railways, he has asked if we could help him sell them , there is 6 available priced at £15 each

31/12/2023
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas 🎄
24/12/2023

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas 🎄

Due to unforeseen circumstances the interactive event on the 14th December has been cancelled
12/12/2023

Due to unforeseen circumstances the interactive event on the 14th December has been cancelled

We are looking to hold an interactive evening at the museum next month were we can give a tour of the exhibition, give v...
18/11/2023

We are looking to hold an interactive evening at the museum next month were we can give a tour of the exhibition, give visitors the chance to pick up and look at some of the exhibits and chat about the memories of the town.
If anyone would be interested please get intouch so we can plan for the evening if there’s enough interest .

As the dark nights are upon us and the winter draws nearer, we would love to welcome you in Majestics Hippodrome to view...
16/11/2023

As the dark nights are upon us and the winter draws nearer, we would love to welcome you in Majestics Hippodrome to view our Peoples Museum,
We are open 7 nights a week and are always very pleased to see you,

15/11/2023

Exciting times at Hippodrome Bingo

Firstly Thankyou to David Million & Bishop Trains for allowing us to place a wreath at Bishop Auckland Railway Station t...
12/11/2023

Firstly Thankyou to David Million & Bishop Trains for allowing us to place a wreath at Bishop Auckland Railway Station today.
Secondly can we please thank everyone who came to the Remembrance garden to pay tribute to our fallen heroes.

12/11/2023

Exciting news at Hippodrome Bingo,

Our thanks to Eve Teasdale for her kind donation of old maps of Bishop Auckland. The first two images are from 1897 and ...
23/09/2023

Our thanks to Eve Teasdale for her kind donation of old maps of Bishop Auckland. The first two images are from 1897 and the third image is from 1920. Note our famous railway station.
Don't forget that you can call into the Four Clocks Centre to see our small railway exhibition including the beautiful railway banner.

Remembrance Garden RICHARD MITCHINSON born 1886It started with an old WWI medal found in a house in Bishop Auckland.Rese...
11/06/2023

Remembrance Garden

RICHARD MITCHINSON born 1886

It started with an old WWI medal found in a house in Bishop Auckland.
Research carried out by Malcolm Gray brought the origins of the medal and recipient back to life. Arrangements will be made for the medal and information to be displayed in Bishop Auckland People's Museum.
Thank you to
Sam Zair, Bishop Auckland Mayor,
Piper, Kevin Yorke
Jimmy Moff for the County Durham flag
Billy Francis for the donation for the plaque and
Bishop Auckland People's Museum volunteers.

Congratulations to Shildon Railway Cricket ClubWe are very proud to support this local club
08/06/2023

Congratulations to Shildon Railway Cricket Club
We are very proud to support this local club

C Division League Cup Champions - Shildon Railway Cricket Club 2nd XI

Well done to everyone involved

BARTON 102 - 8

K.O'Leary 3 - 31

SHILDON RAILWAY 104- 2

A.Raine 43
T.Borthwick 35

SHILDON WIN BY 8 WICKETS

The committee today unanimously agreed to establish the Bishop Auckland People’s Museum  lottery which will be fully ope...
07/06/2023

The committee today unanimously agreed to establish the Bishop Auckland People’s Museum lottery which will be fully operated by Majestic Bingo and ran in accordance to Durham County council regulations.
Monies raised after operating expenses will be reinvested into the museum and it’s other activities

More to follow

Excellent start to the 2nd Teams Season!
06/05/2023

Excellent start to the 2nd Teams Season!

Shildon 2nd team start with a victory at Home to Barton 🏏

BARTON 106 ALL OUT

N.Lawson 4 - 12
K.O'Leary 3 - 17
J.P Reynolds 2 - 20

SHILDON RAILWAY 2 XI 110 - 7

C.Young 33
S. Rowley 32

Captains player of the match Nathan Lawson 🏏

Thank You to this season's match ball sponsors The Bishop Auckland People's Museum 🏏

GOD SAVE THE KING 👑
06/05/2023

GOD SAVE THE KING 👑

We are delighted together with Majestic Bingo to Sponsor Shildon Railway Cricket Club for the new season
10/04/2023

We are delighted together with Majestic Bingo to Sponsor Shildon Railway Cricket Club for the new season

Now spring is getting closer we have a sponsorship opportunity for anyone or organisation that would be interested.We ar...
15/02/2023

Now spring is getting closer we have a sponsorship opportunity for anyone or organisation that would be interested.
We are looking for a sponsor or sponsors to help with the cost of purchasing two planters and some garden bark for our project at the Station Bridge.
Volunteers made a great start in December but we would like to build on this and make it more attractive.
Please get intouch to find more information on this
Thankyou

This fantastic wagon plate board has been kindly donated by Chris Robinson to display as part of the existing Railway ex...
16/12/2022

This fantastic wagon plate board has been kindly donated by Chris Robinson to display as part of the existing Railway exhibition in the Four Clocks centre in Newgate Street.
This is the only permanent railway exhibition in Bishop Auckland and we are very proud to be associated with it.

Our volunteers installed a tribute bench and interpretation boards today near the station bridge, more work will be carr...
02/12/2022

Our volunteers installed a tribute bench and interpretation boards today near the station bridge, more work will be carried out in the spring of next year.
We would like to thank
Network Rail,
Newcastle building society
Sam Zair Cafe and our volunteers for their support and assistance.

Railway Exhibition at Four Clocks - a community joint venture between the Four Clocks centre  &  Auckland Railways Group...
24/11/2022

Railway Exhibition at Four Clocks - a community joint venture between the Four Clocks centre
& Auckland Railways Group ( ARG is now part of Bishop Auckland People’s Museum )

Look at this beautiful banner!

Railway ExhibitionWhy not pay a visit to Bishop Auckland's only dedicated and permanent railway exhibition at the Four C...
24/11/2022

Railway Exhibition
Why not pay a visit to Bishop Auckland's only dedicated and permanent railway exhibition at the Four Clocks Centre, a former Wesleyan Methodist church in Newgate Street. The exhibition in the Four Clocks Centre helps to promote the town's heritage links, particularly focusing on it's industrial past. No other site would be appropriate as the Four Clocks Centre is adjacent to the former railway goods yard and a short walk from Bishop Auckland railway station.
The unique exhibition opened in 2016 as a joint venture between the Four Clocks Centre and the Auckland Railway Group (ARG) which is now part of the Bishop Auckland People’s Museum .
At the heart of the railway exhibition is the one hundred and seven year old banner of the Bishop Auckland branch of the National Union of Railwaymen - one of only a few surviving examples. The exhibition also features memorabilia and iconic photographs of railway days long gone.

Some local railway memorabilia from 1956 that will be on display soon.
23/11/2022

Some local railway memorabilia from 1956 that will be on display soon.

Picked up a lovely donation of some amazing heritage boards we would like to thank Dr Anne Allan from the bishop Aucklan...
22/11/2022

Picked up a lovely donation of some amazing heritage boards we would like to thank Dr Anne Allan from the bishop Auckland Heritage action zone. Looking forward to seeing them displayed in the museum.

Did you know you can support your town’s museum by becoming a member,Yearly membership is available for just £5, in retu...
18/11/2022

Did you know you can support your town’s museum by becoming a member,
Yearly membership is available for just £5, in return you will be entitled to unlimited free visits to the museum and Remembrance Garden , regular correspondence regarding new exhibits and exhibitions and much more.
Please get intouch for more information

Thankyou to Mark Jepp and Majestic bingo for purchasing the museum some new items for its storeroom.We will be moving in...
18/11/2022

Thankyou to Mark Jepp and Majestic bingo for purchasing the museum some new items for its storeroom.
We will be moving into our new storeroom in the next couple of weeks and there is sponsorship opportunities available from as little as £5 to purchase outstanding items.
Please get intouch if you would like to help

Every week we will be posting one item from our collection, we would love you to comment if you remember anything in con...
15/11/2022

Every week we will be posting one item from our collection, we would love you to comment if you remember anything in connection to the items.

Todays item is a unopened 1975 bottle of George Stephenson Special.

Address

27 Railway Street
Bishop Auckland
DL147LR

Opening Hours

Monday 5pm - 10pm
Tuesday 10:30am - 2pm
5pm - 10pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 2pm
5pm - 10pm
Thursday 10:30am - 2pm
5pm - 10pm
Friday 10:30am - 2pm
5pm - 10pm
Saturday 10:30am - 2pm
5pm - 10pm
Sunday 5pm - 10pm

Telephone

+447925581182

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