Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum

Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum We are a small community group in Bishop Auckland UK. We are establishing a People’s Museum in the old Hippodrome Theatre where we are planning to reopen part of the original building as a period cinema.

We are a small community group in Bishop Auckland England. The projector room and projectors are still in situ , we plan to restore them and open them to the public. We also are looking to preserve any cinematic items we can discover and either restore them or display them in our museum. We hope to give visitors an attraction that doesn’t yet exist in our area, A glimpse into our forgotten past and bringing the past back to life for future generations.

Temporarily closed

04/02/2021

WANTED
Good evening everyone. The museum
Is looking for old maps of the area if anyone has any laying around unloved and forgotten. We would love to display them.
Please contact us if you can help.

Big thanks to Johnstone’s PaintsWe received their donation of paint for the Museum.We couldn’t achieve anything without ...
03/02/2021

Big thanks to Johnstone’s Paints

We received their donation of paint for the Museum.

We couldn’t achieve anything without the help and generosity of our community, we all pull together when we can.

We are a not for profit group and our intentions are to give our community something new that they can enjoy and be proud of.

02/02/2021
Cre8ive Graphics

Thankyou to Wayne CG and the team at Cre8tive for their help and support for our project.

We specialise in Vehicle Graphics, Wraps, All Signage and Printing (inc. business cards, leaflets, invites, etc.). We also specialise in Workwear, Team & Sportswear clothing where we offer an in house embroidery, DTG and printing service.

Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum
01/02/2021

Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum

We are trying to locate some display cabinets to showcase our exhibits. If anyone knows where there may be some that need a forever home please get in touch.

We are trying to locate some display cabinets to showcase our exhibits. If anyone knows where there may be some that nee...
01/02/2021

We are trying to locate some display cabinets to showcase our exhibits. If anyone knows where there may be some that need a forever home please get in touch.

We are very pleased to announce work will commence on the Museum from the 14th February Watch out for photos of the prog...
29/01/2021

We are very pleased to announce work will commence on the Museum from the 14th February
Watch out for photos of the progress

Thanks Wayne Sutton for loaning this beuti for a few weeks to the museum
28/01/2021

Thanks Wayne Sutton for loaning this beuti for a few weeks to the museum

Hi everyone our project is moving on at a great pace. However our funds are low and we need to look at ways to raise mor...
27/01/2021

Hi everyone our project is moving on at a great pace. However our funds are low and we need to look at ways to raise more funds. We are wanting to look at an online raffle to help in our endeavor, if you feel you can help and donate something for the raffle this will be a great help. Also if you run a business and you would like to get I volved with either sponsorship or free labour we would be so grateful. Remember this project is to give the town something it has needed for years and is for the people by the people let's show everyone what a great community can do when we come together. No matter how small your contribution it will help push the project forward, also if you just want to donate a few pennies their is always our go fund me page.
YOUR MUSEUM NEEDS YOU

We have had some great Home Cinema history donated on loan to the museum. A collection of CED’s Capacitance Electronic D...
26/01/2021

We have had some great Home Cinema history donated on loan to the museum. A collection of CED’s Capacitance Electronic Discs, the forerunner to the Lazerdisc developed by RCA in 1980. Poor sales led to them being discontinued in 1984.
We are now trying to locate an RCA Player to complete the display

Thanks to Derek Ward for Ioan of these items.

Our last project which will now become part of our museum The Bishop Auckland Remembrance Garden
26/01/2021

Our last project which will now become part of our museum
The Bishop Auckland Remembrance Garden

26/01/2021
Travis Perkins

Thank you to Travis Perkins Bishop Auckland for their donation of materials to our project,
We all very much appreciated it😊

No.1 for bricks, lintels, timber, drainage, landscaping & tool hire. Here to share laughs, expert knowledge & a brew. We get it sorted.

Fantastic to hear from the actor George Newton ,Birth name Nelson , originally from Bishop Auckland, he is best known as...
25/01/2021
George Newton - IMDb

Fantastic to hear from the actor George Newton ,
Birth name Nelson , originally from Bishop Auckland, he is best known as ‘’ Banjo’ in This is England the popular movie and tv series .
He took the time to speak with us at the weekend expressing his good wishes for our project .

https://m.imdb.com/name/nm1675336/

George Newton, Actor: This Is England. George Newton was born on April 5, 1957 in Sedgefield, England. He is an actor and director, known for This Is England (2006), Dead Man's Shoes (2004) and Control (2007).

25/01/2021
Bishop Auckland FC

Thankyou to Bishop Auckland AFC for getting involved with our project It’s really good news

Maureen Brassell

The official page of Bishop Auckland Football Club, 10 times winners of the FA Amateur Cup currently playing in the Northern League Division 1.

Thanks to Eric Howell and Majestic Bingo for making this all possible.Great to see the the hippodrome and our project fe...
21/01/2021
People’s Museum to celebrate region’s mini-London

Thanks to Eric Howell and Majestic Bingo for making this all possible.

Great to see the the hippodrome and our project featured in the Northern Echo today talking about the work we are starting with Majestic to create the People’s Museum then developing the upper part of the club.
Can I remind everyone that Bingo is here to stay and we are only using parts of the building that is currently unused, the parts we will bring into use will be closed once bingo starts so we won’t interfere with the enjoyment of the game😊
It will be nice to see the unused part of Majestic’s great building put to some new good use! https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19026264.peoples-museum-celebrate-regions-mini-london/

A BINGO hall that was once a town cinema has stirred up interest after a number of artefacts were discovered in the attic of the building.

Hi everyone as you are all aware a group of us are working hard behind the scenes  to get our museum and 1930s cinema up...
20/01/2021
Re Open Essoldo Bishop Auckland People’s Museum, organized by Michael Oneill

Hi everyone as you are all aware a group of us are working hard behind the scenes to get our museum and 1930s cinema up and running. We have had some great response from people of the town and organisations providing some fantastic items for display.
However to help keep the project on track we need to bring the part of the building we are housed in needs to be brought to a safety standard for us to allow in the public. We are looking to get support through funding but this will take quite some time. We have a go fund me page which has been supported by a few people, we don't want to be seen to be begging but any support via the go fund me page will be received with gratitude but will help push our project forward. Thank you all in advance.

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Hello friends. A small but very exciting post to introduce you to a new… Michael Oneill needs your support for Re Open Essoldo Bishop Auckland People’s Museum

Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum's cover photo
20/01/2021

Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum's cover photo

Hi Everyone I think it’s time to say thanks to Majestic Bingo and Eric Howell for being our major partner in this ventur...
20/01/2021

Hi Everyone

I think it’s time to say thanks to Majestic Bingo and Eric Howell for being our major partner in this venture.
The Hippodrome is owned and ran by Majestic Bingo and is a fully operational bingo hall, which has a large community base.
We are very luck that Majestic are allowing us to use unused space in their building and they are committed to running the building as a bingo hall for many years to come.

Majestic have kindly offered us areas in there building that we can use for the benefit of their customers, our town, community and visitors alike.

Once we have the old balcony refurbished our plans will be only to open and use that area before the bingo starts and our area will close before the bingo starts so as not to disturb Majestic customers playing bingo.

I understand that some customers are concerned as this hasn’t been made clear, I hope this puts everyone’s mind at ease.

We all look forward to working with Majestic Bingo and it’s customers in partnership to take this project forward and make it a success.

We are pleased to announce that the museum will now incorporate an art gallery to showcase our local artists talent.This...
16/01/2021

We are pleased to announce that the museum will now incorporate an art gallery to showcase our local artists talent.
This exciting new venture will open in the summer of 2021
#LoveBishopAuckland

105 days to go until your new People’s Museum opens
14/01/2021

105 days to go until your new People’s Museum opens

13/01/2021
Bishop Auckland Prince's Trust Team

We are very proud to announce The Prince’s Trust have joined our project.
We look forward to working along side of them on this exciting project.

https://www.facebook.com/BishopPrincesTrustTeam/

Bishop Auckland Prince's Trust Team is a 12 week course for young people aged between 16-25. The course is free and benefits are not affected. Delivered by the Education Training Collective

Opening night Monday 6th December 1909Supplied by Derek Ward
13/01/2021

Opening night Monday 6th December 1909
Supplied by Derek Ward

Fantastic newsThe Dogarts exhibition will open our Museum,Hopefully in May.Thank you to Derek Ward for your help.
12/01/2021

Fantastic news
The Dogarts exhibition will open our Museum,
Hopefully in May.
Thank you to Derek Ward for your help.

Hi AllAs the time comes closer to opening stage one of our towns new little project we are delighted to offer a scheme f...
08/01/2021

Hi All

As the time comes closer to opening stage one of our towns new little project we are delighted to offer a scheme for local businesses and the public in our town to get involved with.

We will be offering small discounts with partner business’s, all you have to do is visit the museum and in return you will get coupons that will entitle you to a discount on goods/ food/ drinks at participating venues.
Three business’s have signed up at the moment, please contact us if you wish to join our scheme👌

We had a very privileged visit this morning to one of our Museum areas, the unused top floor of The Hippodrome closed in...
04/01/2021

We had a very privileged visit this morning to one of our Museum areas, the unused top floor of The Hippodrome closed in 1937. Plans are being put together for its development and we are looking forward to our next visit to explore the projector room. Thanks again to the Majestic Bingo management for their continued help. We are eternally grateful

The late Mr Trevor Lee with one of our members in 2015 and in 1977 at Bishop Auckland Station.Mr Lee was a good friend a...
03/01/2021

The late Mr Trevor Lee with one of our members in 2015 and in 1977 at Bishop Auckland Station.
Mr Lee was a good friend and an inspiration for us to promote our Railway heritage.

His enthusiasm lives on to this day in the Four Clocks Railway exhibition and the Heritage Railway trail.

We are currently putting the pieces of the jigsaw together, we are hoping to give visitors a great experience once we op...
03/01/2021

We are currently putting the pieces of the jigsaw together, we are hoping to give visitors a great experience once we open in the summer of 2021.

We will be offering a free to enter small museum, a period cinema that will have a modest fee, a guided rail heritage walk incorporating a visit to the award winning Remembrance Garden on selected days and a guided visit to the Four Clocks Centre to see the Heritage display.

We will also be introducing promotions with local businesses.

It’s going to be something hopefully for everyone to enjoy.

03/01/2021

A Sunday Treat from Essoldo

Take a step back in time and watch our cinema in all its glory in the 1950’s

Thankyou to everyone who has joined your page, we now have 500 members.
02/01/2021

Thankyou to everyone who has joined your page, we now have 500 members.

A New Museum for the people coming in the Summer👍Plus the return of Essoldo, a cinema from the past.
01/01/2021

A New Museum for the people coming in the Summer👍
Plus the return of Essoldo, a cinema from the past.

31/12/2020
Hi Everyone If anyone has offered items for the Museum and they are still awaiting to be collected or dropped off could ...
30/12/2020

Hi Everyone

If anyone has offered items for the Museum and they are still awaiting to be collected or dropped off could you please send us a message.
Chris Robinson will attend to all enquires 👍

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What I first want to say about this post I would like to thank Chris Lloyd for doing such a wonderful piece in todays Northern Echo Memories! Chris did Keith and yours truly proud. Todays issue is worth rushing out and buying a copy…..but watch you do not slip. The full story during the start of the Covid months Keith and I decided to bring Witton Park back to the future kind of thing Keith being the architect did the map why I sourced the 1881 census re this that and the other Keith embedded them on to this wonderful map you see. I produced the images. Chris Lloyd put his historical magic and this is what you have before you. As Chris says the map is available on demand £20 for postage and packing etc Chris as it down as A2 size I would say it is A1. I have also included an image of a framed map which I will try and hang somewhere in my home! Probably Keith and I are two nutters but we are two passionate nutters and I hope what you see before you bears this out. Interested in the map email me [email protected] By the way Folks this is a non profit making exercise it is for the love and passion we have for perhaps the must loved village in England! Worthy to be hung in any Museum!
This is a photo of my mam and dad, Les and Betty Shoulder, nee German when they travelled down to London to watch the FA Amateur Cup Final
SEVEN STREETS PROJECT This is a project I've been dipping in and out of for a number of years, it is the history of the following streets in Bishop Auckland. Sadler Street, Clayton Street, Granger Street, Thompson Street, High Hall Terrace, Low Hall Terrace and George Street. Please bear with me as I will add information over the coming weeks and months. If anyone can help me in anyway I'd be most grateful. The area in question is basically where the current bus station now stands. The land was originally fields know as Corn Close, we know that in July 1856 the land was transferred from George Maw Snr to George Maws Jnr, I believe at this time there where a few houses on Thompson St, Clayton St and Granger St it appears in March 1854 to have been surrender by James Pattison a joiner of Bishop Auckland and Thomas Walton a painter of Bishop Auckland, from this evidence I assume these two build the houses on Thompson St and Granger St between 1852 and 1854 so we can pin point the start of the houses going up in this area. At this time it is still described as one croft with the byer known as field called Corn Close and was grass land. It is bounded as follows, to the North by Police Station, and property called the Sun Inn belonging to representatives of Newton Emmerson Deceased. On the South by a public street called Clayton Street, on the east by a public street called Grainger Street and on the west by another part of the said field called Corn Close. Most of the land was still fields at this time and we know in 1858 belonged to William Edgar. (please see 1857 map below). William Edgar would late build High and Low hall Terrace on the land along with Edgar Hall. (MORE TO FOLLOW)