Making a visit
Education visits to the Heritage Centre at
To arrange a visit please email: info @ bellingham-heritage.org.uk (please close the gaps we left to prevent spamming)
Email contact is preferred as our volunteers may be busy in the museum.
Our team of friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will be delighted to help but we need advance booking to ensure we have enough volunteers on duty to assist your visit as well as other visitors to the Heritage Centre.
Contact the education officer
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Click here Education News Spring 2012
Let’s go shopping
We want to develop our next handling collection and loans box. The theme is shopping and trade (in the widest sense). So, we’re looking for objects, old photographs, printed material, ephemera and stories about the area’s shopping and business past to add to those we’ve already got. If you can help with this exciting new resource please get in touch with David at the Heritage Centre or leave a message at the TIC desk.
These three images are great examples of the type of materials we are looking for.
Our loans boxes and handling collections are also available to community groups. Just let us know when you want to borrow one. Carers bringing Alzheimer and Aphasia suffers to the Heritage Centre may find them useful. But, let us know in advance so we can have a box ready for you.
One of our restored carriages provides a small drop-in area that groups can use as a base for storing coats and bags and eating packed lunches.
We want to work with groups of young people on a range of short local heritage youth projects. Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding we can offer them for free. Click here for more information.
Young people - just have a go!
Wanted, a group of young people to help us with these two exciting new projects.
'Runaround’ – a trail around Bellingham written and illustrated by young people for young people visiting the area. We'll design and print them, then give them to visitors from the Tourist Information Centre which shares our building.
‘Pinning our history’ – Linking old photographs of the area with new ones, taken by students, then 'pinning' them onto the dynamic new Historypin website. Some research needed for the captions, but we have out own resident 'Time Lord' to help, as well as Christine's excellent cakes and Sarah's superb sandwiches.
No costs involved. All you need bring is enthusiasm, ideas and a few hours of your time.
But they’re just old photographs!”
Literacy and history in action
A six-minute film based on a collaboration between Bellingham Middle School, the Heritage Centre and Mike Fry Foundation summarising a drama project inspired by some of the historic photographs at the Heritage Centre. Terms such as freeze-frame, characterisation, hot-seating, devising, improvising and polished improvisation became part of children’s vocabulary during the three days of workshops. Pupils began by ‘stepping inside’ a chosen image, developing the characters and the scene before responding to an ‘event’ - the declaration of war.
View it on the Heritage Centre’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com
New free family resources
HeritageHunt - A family explore trail
QuirkyQuest - Children seek out the hidden animals using quirky clues
Coming soon ...
FunFinder – A series of activity and colouring-in sheets for children