Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum

Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum The Bishop Auckland People’s Museum is a community volunteer ran project established to educate visitors of 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.

Operating as usual

Sounds a good day
21/09/2021

Sounds a good day

As you know we are working on plans to bring a vintage cinema to Bishop Auckland with our partners Majestic Bingo, Bisho...
19/09/2021

As you know we are working on plans to bring a vintage cinema to Bishop Auckland with our partners Majestic Bingo, Bishop Auckland heritage action zone,
Durham County Council, Cllr Sam Zair and Cllr Andy Jackson.
We are making progress and considering opening a temporary site until restoration work of our permanent venue has completed.
Please keep checking our page for more details over the coming weeks.

As you know we are working on plans to bring a vintage cinema to Bishop Auckland with our partners Majestic Bingo, Bishop Auckland heritage action zone,
Durham County Council, Cllr Sam Zair and Cllr Andy Jackson.
We are making progress and considering opening a temporary site until restoration work of our permanent venue has completed.
Please keep checking our page for more details over the coming weeks.

We are Proud to support our local Squadron, keep up the good work👏
16/09/2021

We are Proud to support our local Squadron, keep up the good work👏

Lovely donation to the Museum It was given to Cllr Cheesmond and his wife at Queen Elizabeth 2 nd coronation
16/09/2021

Lovely donation to the Museum
It was given to Cllr Cheesmond and his wife at Queen Elizabeth 2 nd coronation

Paul Simpson has donated these signed prints to raise money for the Museum.If anyone would like one we are offering them...
14/09/2021

Paul Simpson has donated these signed prints to raise money for the Museum.
If anyone would like one we are offering them for a donation.
Please drop us a message if you would like a print.

Paul Simpson has donated these signed prints to raise money for the Museum.
If anyone would like one we are offering them for a donation.
Please drop us a message if you would like a print.

Great time yesterday supporting our Bishop Auckland Heritage as part of the National Heritage week.We completed the rail...
11/09/2021

Great time yesterday supporting our Bishop Auckland Heritage as part of the National Heritage week.
We completed the rail trail from the Four Clocks centre and ended at the People’s Museum
Eric Howell
#Durham2025

Great time yesterday supporting our Bishop Auckland Heritage as part of the National Heritage week.
We completed the rail trail from the Four Clocks centre and ended at the People’s Museum
Eric Howell
#Durham2025

We are fully supporting Durham’s 2025 city of culture bid#Durham2025
09/09/2021

We are fully supporting Durham’s 2025 city of culture bid

#Durham2025

We are fully supporting Durham’s 2025 city of culture bid

#Durham2025

A piece of Original Bishop Auckland Railway station track, over 100 years old.This piece of track has been cleaned and e...
08/09/2021

A piece of Original Bishop Auckland Railway station track, over 100 years old.
This piece of track has been cleaned and erected on a plinth by Paul Simpson
#Durham2025

A piece of Original Bishop Auckland Railway station track, over 100 years old.
This piece of track has been cleaned and erected on a plinth by Paul Simpson
#Durham2025

Got a spare hour during heritage week?Pop in to the Four clocks centre on Newgate street and see the Century old Bishop ...
05/09/2021

Got a spare hour during heritage week?
Pop in to the Four clocks centre on Newgate street and see the Century old Bishop Auckland railway station Union banner,
It’s the only surviving station banner in County Durham,
Because of this it’s an important relic of the railway industry for the county not just our town.
A piece of County Durham workingmens art, heritage and culture in its own right.
#Durham2025

A few photographs of one of our banners that we have which is permanently loaned out to the Shildon Railway Institute.Th...
24/08/2021

A few photographs of one of our banners that we have which is permanently loaned out to the Shildon Railway Institute.
The banner attended an event at Shildon last month and was proudly on display.

Photos from Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum's post
16/08/2021

Photos from Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum's post

Put a like on this post if you would like to see this area brought back into use as a vintage cinema, lecture / presenta...
15/08/2021

Put a like on this post if you would like to see this area brought back into use as a vintage cinema, lecture / presentation area and art gallery😃

After much debate and thinking this wasn’t possible the People’s Museum are going to start fundraising for restoration o...
15/08/2021

After much debate and thinking this wasn’t possible the People’s Museum are going to start fundraising for restoration of the upper balcony.
There’s a lot of work to be done with a bill of around £50,000 to pay so we need as much help with fundraising as possible.

We are looking for any help big or small to get this project started.

After much debate and thinking this wasn’t possible the People’s Museum are going to start fundraising for restoration of the upper balcony.
There’s a lot of work to be done with a bill of around £50,000 to pay so we need as much help with fundraising as possible.

We are looking for any help big or small to get this project started.

A few more donated items to go on display next week
29/07/2021

A few more donated items to go on display next week

Thankyou Billy Francis for loaning these fine pieces of trench art from WW1, these were made from old artillery boxes.We...
29/07/2021

Thankyou Billy Francis for loaning these fine pieces of trench art from WW1, these were made from old artillery boxes.
We will have them on display soon.

Thankyou Billy Francis for loaning these fine pieces of trench art from WW1, these were made from old artillery boxes.
We will have them on display soon.

Unfortunately we aren’t able to go ahead with our planned vintage cinema, things are fairly difficult with the effects o...
28/07/2021

Unfortunately we aren’t able to go ahead with our planned vintage cinema, things are fairly difficult with the effects of the pandemic and funds are hard to find.
The team are understandably disappointed that we couldn’t bring this asset to the community.

Unfortunately we aren’t able to go ahead with our planned vintage cinema, things are fairly difficult with the effects of the pandemic and funds are hard to find.
The team are understandably disappointed that we couldn’t bring this asset to the community.

From Friday 30th July the Forgotten Platforms book will be available from Bishop Auckland Railway Station, £5 from each ...
28/07/2021

From Friday 30th July the Forgotten Platforms book will be available from Bishop Auckland Railway Station, £5 from each book sold will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
We are very proud to support Bishop Trains and David Million with this initiative.

Photos from Bishop Auckland Heritage trail's post
25/07/2021

Photos from Bishop Auckland Heritage trail's post

Photos from Bishop Auckland Heritage trail's post
25/07/2021

Photos from Bishop Auckland Heritage trail's post

Come along and see the new display,Thanks to Durham Ameuter Football trust for putting this together
23/07/2021

Come along and see the new display,
Thanks to Durham Ameuter Football trust for putting this together

Thanks Billy Francis for loaning us the Telecommunications safety lamp, it will make a great exhibit
22/07/2021

Thanks Billy Francis for loaning us the Telecommunications safety lamp, it will make a great exhibit

Are you a member of a organisation or community group?Why not book a group visit to the Museum, Rememberance Garden and ...
21/07/2021

Are you a member of a organisation or community group?
Why not book a group visit to the Museum, Rememberance Garden and Heritage Trail
Bookings are available all of August and September.
Please get intouch for future information

Are you a member of a organisation or community group?
Why not book a group visit to the Museum, Rememberance Garden and Heritage Trail
Bookings are available all of August and September.
Please get intouch for future information

Grab a copy whilst you can
20/07/2021

Grab a copy whilst you can

We are working along side our friends at Majestic bingo and the Museum will be following  “ Freedom Day “ in the same wa...
19/07/2021

We are working along side our friends at Majestic bingo and the Museum will be following “ Freedom Day “ in the same way as Majestic bingo is.
Please enjoy your visit

We are working along side our friends at Majestic bingo and the Museum will be following “ Freedom Day “ in the same way as Majestic bingo is.
Please enjoy your visit

It’s the last weekend to view the Durham Ameuter  football Trust experience at the Hippodrome, if you haven’t been yet c...
17/07/2021

It’s the last weekend to view the Durham Ameuter football Trust experience at the Hippodrome, if you haven’t been yet call in before it goes, there’s a lot of interesting facts and great pieces of memorabilia

A couple of boards in regards to the railway heritage of our areaChris Robinson
16/07/2021

A couple of boards in regards to the railway heritage of our area
Chris Robinson

Thankyou Billy Francis for loaning us your late M**s candle sticks, they are on display in the Museum
16/07/2021

Thankyou Billy Francis for loaning us your late M**s candle sticks, they are on display in the Museum

We hope you get years of use from this special benchThanks goes to Charlie Devlin for designing and making this special ...
15/07/2021

We hope you get years of use from this special bench
Thanks goes to Charlie Devlin for designing and making this special tribute bench 👏

The squadron has been kindly donated a commemorative bench by Bishop Auckland Peoples Museum to mark one of the many previous railway lines that would connect Bishop Auckland to Shildon, West Auckland and Barnard Castle

Commandant Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
North Region - Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Durham Northumberland Wing Air Cadets
Bishop Auckland Town Council
Spennymoor Town Council
Bishop Auckland Town Team
The Northern Echo County Durham
The Bishop Press
Bishop FM
Weardale Community News
Bishop Trains
Teesdale Mercury
Gaunless Gateway Big Local
Imagebride
Mirrors Driving School, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Deco Trophies and Engraving
Bernicia Group
Bishop Auckland Poppy Appeal
Sam Zairs

From all at the Museum, we wish our National team good luck this evening Gareth Southgate all of England are behind you
11/07/2021

From all at the Museum, we wish our National team good luck this evening
Gareth Southgate all of England are behind you

A little piece of Bishop Auckland Railway history
08/07/2021

A little piece of Bishop Auckland Railway history

A little piece of Bishop Auckland Railway history

Another win tonight 😃😃
07/07/2021

Another win tonight 😃😃

We would like to wish England football team good luck for tonight.🤞

Address

27 Railway Street
Bishop Auckland
DL14 7LR

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

+441388602121

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Keep the history of South West Durham alive! Try to go along to this! Durham Amateur Football Trust In partnership with King James I Academy, Bishop Auckland and Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone “A DAY OUT AT WEMBLEY” AN EXHIBITION OF FOOTBALL MEMORABILIA The Theatre, King James I Academy, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7JZ Saturday 2 October 2021, 10.00 am Display boards, books, medals, objects and films, concentrating on the 1950s when North East amateur teams had a stranglehold on the FA Amateur Cup Community singing, followed by a short film of the FA Amateur Cup Crook v Bishop Auckland in 1954 at 11.30 and 2.30 pm. This game went to two replays before the result was finally decided! Craft activities for youngsters Supervised football from 1.30 to 2.30 pm Refreshments available to purchase Car parking available Admission is free, donations on the day welcome! Enquiries to [email protected]
£500 Appeal - Display Cabinet Transportation We have very kindly been donated some display cabinets by Bowes Museum - one of which originally was used at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Due to the size, weight and overall delicacy of these cabinets, the cost of their extraction from their previous location, relocation from Barnard Castle to Bishop Auckland, and installation in their new home at the Hippodrome has been a considerable expense for the museum, although totally necessary to allow the museum to open to visitors in the middle of May 2021. For this reason we are now looking for donations to assist with these costs, to ensure that the Bishop Auckland People's Museum can continue to be financially secure as we begin our exciting future. We now have over 900 followers for our page, so just a small number of these making a small donation through this gofundme page will make a massive difference. Thank you to anyone who can manage to do this - and we hope to see you in the Museum very soon. Link to our GoFundMe Page....
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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)