WHAT VISITORS SAY
A selection of comments from the Visitors Book. We don't just pick the best but so many people record their thanks. By the way, we also publish ALL criticisms or complaints from the Visitors Book here.
3 Sept "Interesting & Informative collection - Fascinating" S & D P Bucks
2 Sept "Lovely Exhibition, Warm welcome" ME North Yorkshire.
1 Sept "First visited 2006, Excellent very interesting" June & Dennis East Yorkshire.
31 Aug "A very interesting exhibition" DH Derbyshire
30 Aug "Excellent" BN Otterburn
29 Aug "Excellent heritage centre Most interesting & informative" ADS Hawick.
29 Aug "A wonderful record & memories of 20 happy years" GP Grange over Sands.
28 Aug "Very good and hands on !" EC Houghton-le-Spring.
27 Aug "So much to see we shall come back" family P Bristol.
26 Aug "A fantastic, interesting facility, displayed in a well thought out way" AO Didcot.
25 Aug "Very high detail, very rewarding, working here must be fun!" TMO Manchester.
24 Aug "Lovely place, full of history" PC Culleroats.
23 Aug "What a Wonderful museum, really enjoyed it, good luck with Railway project", SW, Oldham
22 Aug "Very Interesting". Mr.& Mrs. D Mc, Farnborough.
21 Aug "Excelent, Informative and Very Helpful". CW, Westcliffe on Sea.
20 Aug "Wonderful, very interesting museum". GO, Tyne & Wear.
19 Aug "What museums should be like! Very good". B, Ulverston.
18 Aug "I love trains. Trains are great". Sir Callum Johnson, Scalby Castle.
17 Aug "Extremely interesting archives". IL, Whitley Bay.
16 Aug "Many generations to come will thank you for such an interesting village history". S&BG, Corbridge
15 Aug "Excellent museum". MLD, Coleshill.
15 Aug "A nice moment". MF, France.
14 Aug "A beautifully presented exhibition". G, Bamburgh.
13 Aug "Super visit". F Family, Beelsby.
12 Aug "Fascinating". R&VK, USA.
11 Aug "Very interesting visit". S Family, France.
10 Aug "Fascinating display of old cameras". DB, Maidenhead.
10 Aug "Great pictures & loved the helmets!" EA&IG, Fenham.
10 Aug "Flood exhibit was very informative". RW&SMcC, Tarset.
10 Aug "Thanks for such a welcome. Loved the museum's personal but professional approach". I&J, London.
9 Aug "Very interesting & informative". B&PN, Norwich.
8 Aug "An enjoyable visit". MM, Hexham.
8 Aug "Great, thanks. My grandaughter enjoyed." EK&Family, Bellingham & Brighton.
7 Aug "Very interesting". deL, The Netherlands.
5 Aug "Very enjoyable - especially the social history". H, Wickford.
5 Aug "Really enjoyed the railway section". M, Wallsend.
5 Aug "Many interesting items". V, The Netherlands.
4 Aug "Excellent, really enjoyable". The G Family, Wokingham.
3 Aug "A little gem of a museum". A&JF, Hexham.
3 Aug "Excellent railway collection". P&LW, Wilts.
2 Aug "Enthusiasm of guide catching. Interesting + varied collections". MU, Liskeard.
2 Aug "Lovely - lots to enjoy!". J&R, Teeside.
1 Aug "Very informative. Thank you". SB, Surrey.
1 Aug "Lovely place. Very interesting. Very helpful lady". T&PL, Darlington.
30 Jul "A very interesting display - all the best with the café & Wannie display (A ref to our railway coaches project which will incorporate a café and a permanent exhibition on the Wansbeck (Wannie) Railway Line.
29 Jul "Very informative". AT.
28 Jul "A wonderful display, more than can be managed in one visit". PG, Teddington.
28 Jul "A wonderful research centre" (wish we had the resources and space to be one).
27 Jul "Brilliant. Found my great-great grandmother"?!
26 Jul "Excellent. Will call again!". JL&PD&J, Acomb.
25 Jul "Very, very interesting". Ws, Sheffield & New Mill.
24 Jul "Great exhibits. A very friendly place". B Family, Seahouses.
23 Jul "Great to look back (Happy Days)". Mr&MrsDU, Melrose.
22 Jul "Excellent". CS, East Lothian.
21 Jul "Fascinating. Great". MG, Leeds.
20 Jul "Superb". BH, Morpeth.
19 Jul "An excellent & informative exhibition. Friendly staff". V&JW, Market Drayton.
18 Jul "Interesting exhibition". C&KF, Notts.
18 Jul "An excellent project - most enjoyable - thanks". S&CG, York.
17 Jul "Really worth seeing. Well put together". B&PE, Wirral.
16 Jul "Super - done extremely well". CD&EB, Warwickshire.
14 Jul "Excellent". JG, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
14 Jul "Very interesting. Found two family connections". MS, Newcastle.
13 Jul "Fascinating mixture of absolute treasures". The Pugh Family, Oxford.
11 Jul "Very interesting. Especially liked the chatterboxes" (Oral history recordings). Mr&Mrs B, Devon.
10 Jul "Very pleasing. Will return". CW, Barrasford.
8 Jul "Wonderful displays, well presented and clear. What a brilliant idea having family free data base!" C&MD, Suffolk.
8 Jul "Very interesting, good atmosphere. Wish we had more time to spend here". L&LW, Swansea.
7 Jul "Excellent, interesting exhibition and well worth the visit". J&GO, Fife.
7 Jul "Very informative and interesting, lovely helpful staff..." The N Family & AL, Edinburgh.
6 Jul "An excellent portrayal of the area and its history, so much to see". M&TE.
4 Jul "Nice museum. Youth came back. Very nice". MH&AB, The Netherlands.
4 Jul "Fascinating! So informative. I did a few rows of knitting too! A very interesting & important facility". L&JG, Kings Lynn.
3 Jul "Revisiting fond memories of long ago". T&BH, Newcastle.
2 Jul "Been before - but still find lots of things we have missed!! Kids enjoyed it and want to come back. Good luck with the railway coaches". The Ps, Blaydon.
1 Jul "A fascinating. well presented display of so many activities in times gone by". B&DE, Hampshire.
30 Jun "Very interesting collection ... photos are outstanding. Gentleman who showed us around very informative, enjoys his job. Have been before, worth coming back to". J&PL, South Notts.
29 Jun "Heritage Centre a marvellous resource and I admire Rachel's informative mural". SB, Kielder.
28 Jun "Yea, yea, yea for a good time on the tractor", Young Finn. "I liked looking for the ladybirds". Young Will.
26 Jun "I have never been in such a fantastic heritage place! Excellent!" MW, Newcastle.
25 Jun "An excellent display. Well done to all you who have worked so hard and still do. You should be proud of youselves". M&CJ, Lymington.
25 Jun "What a superb exhibition - so very interesting, especially the mural..." D&TB, York.
24 Jun "Excellent staff!" P&LM, Calgary, Canada.
24 Jun "Fabulous time, loved phonebox, school and train. Will be back soon. Thank you". S,R,L Jackson & Robson.
23 Jun "Very informative. Staff very helpful". MR. Goole.
22 Jun "Excellently laid out and immensely informative. Very friendly welcome and helpful staff. A joy to visit and well worth a return to pick up on those items missed on this occasion". D&JS, Swadlincote.
22 Jun "We have had a very pleasant outing; thoroughly enjoyed the centre being agreeably surprised by the quality & quantity of exhibits. Excellent refreshments. Thanks". Rothbury Mothers Union. Webmaster: We provide refreshments, by arrangements, for groups.
20 Jun "Very interesting & very well thought out & displayed. A "living" exhibition!" C&PW, Barnard Castle.
19 Jun "A fascinating visit. Well done to all those who have worked so hard to produce the exhibitiom". G&ME. Thornton Cleveleys.
18 Jun "Staff very helpful. Place very interesting". PM, Hollym nr Withernsea.
17 Jun "Staff very helpful in tracing Bellingham records!" LS, Ashford.
16 Jun "Very impressive. We look forward to visiting next year (and hopefully the railway carriage will be a tearoom!)" PS, North Yorks. Webmaster: the railway coach tea room will be open then.
15 Jun "What a well 'put-together' museum! So informative. We will definitely be back. I will bring my grandchildren. They will be fascinated. Thank you!" JF, Rotherham.
14 Jun "A wonderful museum obviously staffed by dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Such professional, creative displays." JW, Newbury.
13 Jun "What a super collection. So much of interest - something for everyone. Well done everyone who gives their time and helpful information." EL, Blankley.
11 Jun "Really interesting heritage centre and a credit to all those involved. Thank you for a great display. Well done" P&KB, Western Australia.
11 Jun " Lovely little heritage centre, lots to take in! Very helpful & cheerful staff, thank you. We will be back to try the railway cafe!" KA&KY, Coanwood. Webmaster: Our railway coach cafe is due to open in late autumn - currently being refurbished.
10 Jun "Fascinating collection. I needed more hours to take it all in". JF, Hexham.
9 Jun "What a brilliant collection - takes me back". BA, Hexham.
8 Jun "Very interesting - worth a further visit". RA, Newcastle.
7 Jun "Wonderful. Very helpful staff". JMH.
6 Jun "An excellent museum". JM
5 Jun "Fantastic - brought my father for 70th. An ex-BRC student he had (a) wonderful day. V. helpful & informative." JC, Northumberland.
5 Jun "Smashing wonderful great. Nice friendly place." KM, Scotland.
4 Jun "A wonderful museum! Just the right size." G&ES, Stamfordham.
1 Jun "Really enjoyed our trip out. Good displays, friendly staff - thank you very much for refreshments." Staff & Clients from Dementia Care Partnership.
1 Jun "Lots of very good displays & wonderful staff on hand for questions." A,W,J&L, Hyde.
1 Jun "An excellent display & experience of local history. Luckily, all saved & available for everyone." M,L,S&MA, Preston.
31 May "This is a wonderful display of the history of this region. Congratulations for all the work & passion that so many people have put into this museum/Heritage Centre." JE, Tasmania, Australia.
31 May "I had a very fab and exciting time. Thanx." DL&Friend, North Shields.
31 May "Thanks very much for taking the time to show us pictures of my grandfather (Headmaster of Reed School 1935) and lovely to meet one of his pupils!" JM&Family, York.
30 May "Great exhibition - has developed a lot since I was last here many years ago. Looking forward to seeing the railway carriages in action." PS, Stocksfield. Webmaster: we are currently refurbishing two railway coaches for use as education/exhibition space and a tea room.
30 May "Great to understand where my great grandfather's family were from. They were Potts & Scotts." M&JW, South Australia.
29 May "I like the tunnell". Rose aged 5, Seahouses.
29 May "Very informative. Staff very good with the kids." M,N,E&BP, Skegness.
28 May "This is a fabulous museum. With so much to look at and see and do. Hurrah! My boys loved it - esp. the tunnel + tractor + train." N,S,W&EH, Skipton.
26 May "A real gem! The audio information was particularly appreciated by the blind member of our trio!" K&JP,&BJ and Miley (Guide Dog). Chipping Sodbury.
26 May "Fantastic. Well done. Thank you." Haydon Bridge Adult Education High School.
26 May "Most impressive! Amazing collection of artefacts & info. Will return with visitors." I&BT, Riding Mill.
26 May "Wonderful - not enough time. I'll be back and bring more folk. Thank you." BA, Hexham.
26 May "Finding ladybirds was my favourite." Olivia, Stainton. Webmaster: ladybirds are dotted around through the displays for children to find and count.
25 May "Unexpected and very interesting." D&A, Halifax.
24 May "Excellent display. Thank you." P&EH, Upholland.
23 May "Very well displayed and interesting. Thank you." N&PK, Middlesbrough.
22 May "Excellent museum and staff, very friendly." MO, Birmingham.
20 May "An unexpected pleasure and an insight into the past. Very well done!" A&JF, Essex.
20 May " Excellent museum & very informative staff - well worth a visit and great this stuff is kept!" H&SP, Stanton.
18 May " Really impressed with whole layout. Will certainly bring more of my numerous visitors". Q&CC, Haltwhistle.
18 May "Lots of interesting information. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the help with the family names". R&SB, Alnwick.
18 May " Excellent Heritage Centre. Very informative and helpful staff. Keep up the good work". ST&AC, Newcastle.
16 May "Fascinating, lots of information. The audio recordings of local characters are so interesting". G&DT, Wylam.
16 May " Nice place, full of history. Those were the days". H&CN, The Netherlands.
16 May "This is a very enlightening place - the young boy enjoyed it too! Our thanks to the very helpful staff also!" M,T&DF, Manchester.
15 May "This is a delightful place to visit. The staff are very pleasant and helpful. I would recommend the place to anyone ...". E&JF, Wareham.
14 May "Terrific & comprehensive. Will return again. Best wishes for the future". H&MB, Bedale.
12 May "Very helpful advice & friendly reception re help in tracing Dodd/Dodds family names history". TD, Herts.
12 May "Absolutely fantastic, really enjoyed the tour. Thank you very much". A&BF, Lancashire.
11 May "An inspiring effort to create an outstanding museum ... Thanks to all who volunteer to make such a place". RH, Kinross.
10 May "Fascinating selection of exhibits". DS, Southport.
10 May "V. good". RF, Otterburn.
9 May "Lovely interesting place & friendly people". S&DT, Milton Keynes.
9 May "Interesting variety of exhibits - wish I'd had more time to view everything!" AC, Beds.
7 May MC (née Robson), Hexham, "94 years of age". Webmaster: delighted you visited.
6 May "Very interesting". D&JH, Norwich.
6 May "Very good display. Will return to digest more and bring a pair of curved sheep shears". JA.
4 May "Too much of interest to see. We'll have to come back". C&P, Hexham & Allendale.
4 May "Enjoyable visit, a good learning experience. Thank you". Anon, Nottingham.
3 May "Fascinating - will come again & spend more time 'looking & learning'". P&BF, Keswick.
2 May "Enjoyable visit, plan to return with family". HM&TB, Gateshead.
2 May "Really enjoyed our visit, plan to return". M&KD, Newcastle.
2 May "Lovely museum. Very informative. Enjoyed the knitting*. Very friendly. L&NF, Consett. *Webmaster: this is a reference to our Knitting People Together project which invites visitors to help us knit a long Scarf.
2 May "A wonderful museum - so much to see and so well presented. A credit to the staff and helpers. Thank you". D&JH, Middlesbrough.
1 May "Excellent museum - a little hidden gem!" G&JA, Newton on the Moor.
1 May "Fascinating set of exhibits - so much in such a small area. Very informative with very friendly & helpful staff -thanks for a wonderful visit". J&AC, Rutherglen.
30 Apr "Very well displayed and very informative. Staff very helpful & pleasant. An enjoyable and very worthwhile visit! Well recommended!" H&RT.
29 Apr "Returning to our roots. Lovely helmets!" The Robsons, Somerset. Webmaster: Ought we be worried? The Robsons are gathering and nostalgic for their Border Reiver helmets ...!
28 Apr "Very interesting. Enjoyed it". Spencer Family, Leicestershire.
27 Apr "Very well done. Great to see our local history pulled together in one place". T&J Robson*, Wisconsin, USA. *Webmaster: Robson is one of the prominent Border Reiver names.
26 Apr "Very good, lots of stuff to do". K,J, M, A&T.
25 Apr "Always something else to see that was missed last visit!". AH, Thropton.
25 Apr "Wonderful experience...". N&HM, North Wales.
23 Apr "Best museum we've ever been to. Very interesting and great fun!". B,C&AR.
21 Apr "Very, very interesting and a lot of information. Thank you". JK, Middlesbrough.
20 Apr "This Museum is a little Gem". HF, Alnwick.
20 Apr "Excellent. V. interesting displays and a fantastic teaching resource". W&GW, London.
18 Apr "Amazing. Longing to return. Thank you". JN, Great Whittington.
18 Apr "A remarkable & wonderful museum - excellent for family visits". PL, Hexham.
18 Apr "We were going to the Lake District but glad we came here instead. Have found it enlightening and fascinating". PWW, Wells-next-the-Sea.
18 Apr "Very nice centre and I loved the knitting!" LT, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.
18 Apr "Loved the knitting!! Great staff." RS, Barnard Castle. Webmaster: Knitting People Together encourages people to help us knit a long Scarf; we will make a map linking knitters at the end.
18 Apr "Fascinating and beautifully presented." P&JS, Tetney.
16 Apr "Excellent museum and very helpful staff". Mr&Mrs?, Bulwell.
14 Apr "Very interesting, the computer and video information very useful". P&BW, Tutbury.
13 Apr "Stephenson exhibits very good. Seeing the new carriage being sited was a bonus!" WJH, Newcastle. Webmaster: The Robert Stephenson exhibition (on loan from the Robert Stephenson Trust) runs to 11 May 2011. The first of two railway coaches arrived on 13 April for use as exhibition space and a tea room.
13 Apr "Really lovely layout. Very interesting. Loved the mural! Thank you". SD, Birmingham. Webmaster: The mural, Ninety-Nine Northumbriana, was painted by local artist Rachel Pearson in 2010. It was funded by VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities).
12 Apr "Really interesting visit. Thanks! I really enjoyed the game". SF,E&M, Liverpool. Young Max added: "I really like it ". Webmaster: Younger children are encouraged to count the ladybirds dotted throughout the exhibitions.
12 Apr "Lovely to visit. Will be back". AL, Simonburn.
11 Apr "Mind-boggling. Too much to take in for only one visit. I shall return". B,D&MH, Adelaide, Australia.
11 Apr "First time - will return - thank you". D&AMacD, Ponteland.
10 Apr "Excellent. A fascinating look at the history of farming, mining and railways in the North East". JR, Houghton-le-Spring.
9 Apr "Very interesting. Particularly enjoyed the child-participation options". SA, Blyth.
9 Apr "Brilliant staff. Very good. Will come back". MC, Newcastle.
6 Apr "A wonderful display of fascinating equipment and information. I could spend all day here. Thank you". C&VT, Leicester.
3 Apr "Excellent! Looking forward to tea in the carriage". EJ, Bedlington (a reference to the two Mk1 railway coaches we have acquired for refurbishment and reuse as a teaching space and a tea-room - ready by end of October 2011).
1 Apr "Doesn't seem like 40 odd years ago". T&SB, Oxford (Webmaster: I don't know what this refers to but thought I'd include it anyway!).
31 Mar "Wonderful Experience" MM,SM&SP.
30 Mar "A wonderful museum with something of interest for everyone - keep up the good work" B&HG, Devizes.
23 Mar "Had a lovely time. Everything very interesting". SB, Birtley.
21 Mar "Fantastic morning. Esmé loves the trains!". VP&E&W, Catton
21 Mar "Very well done - huge and varied information. Very kind and helpful staff". I&CW, Ponteland.
18 Mar "Very interesting. Staff very helpful". RD, Richmond.
16 Mar "Always something new of interest". Mr&MrsRG, Stamfordham.
9 Mar "Excellent exhibition". M&AT, Kilwinning.
7 Mar "Wonderful - wish the railway was still running! Wrong decision Dr Beeching! V&SW, Knaresborough
7 Mar "Lovely interesting museum. Found lots of interesting items and photos of my ancestors (Family that I married into)." MS, Meltisham.
23 Feb "Fascinating - particularly liked the recordings!" M,C,H & BR, Chesham.
23 Feb "What a gem. Gives you a wonderful feel of the history of the area & amazing characters ..." The F Family, Houghton-le-Spring.
9 Feb "Popped in for 10 minutes to trace the Hodgson name and stayed for 90!! Excellent local museum - great quality. Keep it up." T&EH, Alton
4 Feb "Came to see the churches exhibition but was even more enthralled by the railway heritage photos etc. In fact the whole place is a wonderful example of what can be done." MT, Morpeth.
2 Feb "Fascinating. Could spend hours here!" AJ, Ashington.
24 Jan "Very interesting indeed - thank you to all the very helpful and knowledgeable staff." SH&ES, Jesmond.
19 Jan "We all had a fantastic time and learnt lots of new things. The staff were very helpful. Thank-you". Class One, Bellingham First School.
5 Jan "Fascinating!". LM, Rochester
24 Nov "Very enlightening - keep up the good work." C&MK, Hounslow.
10 Nov "Excellent exhibition." "Most interesting". "Just wonderful." JE, JR & DS, Newcastleton
8 Nov "Absolutely fantastic. Really friendly staff. Interesting history." AW, Doncaster.
31 Oct "An excellent collection of artefacts very well displayed & documented". GMU, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
30 Oct "Beautiful drawings. Beautiful words. A perfect synergy!" SB, Newton Praise for 'Border Song' - a collaborative exhibition by Kim Lewis (artist/author/printmaker) and Linda France (poet).
28 Oct "Enjoyed the quiz and looking for ladybirds*". I,M&JC, Wigton, Cumbria. *Ladybirds are dotted around the displays for children to find. There is also a children's quiz.
27 Oct "What a lovely time we had. R (5 years), L (46) and Mum & Dad (70+). Brilliant place". The T Family, Burton-on-Trent.
27 Oct "Thoroughly enjoyable - glad we made the stop. Excellent". S&LB, Nottingham.
26 Oct "Something new to find each time I come". SM, Byrness.
25 Oct "Very fun! I come here every year and it is good!". (Young Miss) RLD, Plymouth.
25 Oct "Wow! What a fantastic museum - something for everyone!". AG, London.
24 Oct "First time visitor! Very, very good. Enjoyed exhibition*. Plenty for young children during visit & helpful staff - loved it!". HO, Wark. * This exhibition was 'Border Song' - based on the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) by artist Kim Lewis and poet Linda France. There have been many appreciative comments about this and other temporary visiting exhibitions.
24 Oct "A totally unexpected surprise". RPB, Blackhall Mill.
22 Oct "Amazing, such a diversity of interesting history in a beautiful building. Very knowledgeable volunteer guides too". HS, Wirral.
20 Oct "It's much more than we expect. So a wonderful surprise". J&HT, The Netherlands.
18 Oct "Great place" sums up comments from students from Austria, Germany, Gibraltar, Ghana, Japan and Spain at Leeds University.
16 Oct "Wonderful museum, so rich. Thank you!". J,J&HM, Riding Mill.
15 Oct "An excellent collection of interesting information and very friendly, helpful staff*. I have enjoyed my visit". JL, Rugby. *Our staff are all volunteers.
13 Oct "Superb. Could stay all day". Mr & Dr H, Harrogate
11 Oct "An excellent heritage centre - so well displayed and informative. A brilliant piece of artwork* in progress on the doors". M&PD, Leeds. *The artwork (now finished) is a mural by local artist Rachel Pearson and which she entitled 'Ninety-Nine Northumbriana' as it depicts 99 images related to Northumberland.
10 Oct "Excellent Heritage Centre!..." C&AB, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
8 Oct "Excellent introduction to this beautiful county". P&JB, Suffolk
6 Oct "A great place. Many thanks"... R&JE, Belfast
3 Oct "Fascinating museum ..." M&LK, Edinburgh
2 Oct "Wonderful, a hidden gem". Mr & Mrs C, Lancs
1 Oct "Amazing & very well presented". SE, Rockport, MA, USA
29 Sep "Really made something of a rainy day. Very authentic, wonderful voices of local people, most human of exhibitions". B&MS, Macclesfield
29 Sep "What a fascinating collection and such stories! We'll be back". T&TK, Hexham
27 Sep "A wonderful, interesting experience". B&DW, Blairgowrie
26 Sep "We all thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you". The C Family, Bishop Auckland
25 Sep "Wonderful museum. Great for a small town. Enjoyed very much". The G Clan, St Neots
24 Sep "Super museum; enjoyed it greatly". P&JG, Worthing
23 Sep "Very good exhibits. Need a tea-room & a lot more room for exhibits". DB, Sussex
23 Sep "Exceptionally professionally presented - superbly well done - genuine credit to volunteers (whom we found cheerfully friendly!)". DT0&JT, Victoria, Australia
21 Sep " A blast from the past! Impressive exhibition." CH - a grandson of WP Collier, photographer, whose work is on display
20 Sep "Enjoyed it thoroughly - it's certainly different!" Anon, Wark, Northumberland
19 Sep "A fascinating exhibition, with lots of information about the area!" S&DF, N. Lincs
18 Sep "Loved visiting your museum - keep up the good work!" J&PP, California, USA
15 Sep "Excellent displays - we saw it years ago & now it is magnificient" J&GD
15 Sep "It was absolutely fantastic!" TR, London
15 Sep "Fantastic! Love this place...". KR, London
15 Sep "Fabulous!" EP, Nottingham
13 Sep "Interesting, brings some lovely memories of days travelling on steam trains". JT, Belfast
13 Sep "Wonderful - so much history in such a small space". N&MB, York
10 Sep "A real credit to everyone who has put this together. Could have stayed all day". JMcN
4 Sep "Thank you, excellent exhibition". MW&ES, Newcastleton.
1 Sep "Excellent exhibitions. Needs more space. Obviously a labour of love. Display boards clear and well written" ID, Glasgow
29 Aug "A great museum for all ages, always something new to see or that we hadn't noticed before!". S&CF and I&OR, Tunbridge Wells
28 Aug "Excellent museum. Our 11-year-old loved the quiz. The Tricycle question had us baffled. An hour well spent. Thanks." JS, Whitley Bay
25 Aug "A fascinating display, so interesting could spend all day here." L&AL, Bucks
23 Aug "It is great to visit again and to meet caring local volunteers. A most rewarding experience. Tourist Information very helpful." E&TM, Teddington
22 Aug "Very interesting museum." V&AS, Hexham.
22 Aug "Very interesting displays, well set out. Should probably have allowed a full day here!" JC, Whitborne.
21 Aug "My second visit and again delighted, educated and inspired. Thank you for bringing all this together. It is superb." K&WH, Bristol.
19 Aug "Fantastic happy hour spent by the children. " RT.
18 Aug "Concise, informative and a most lovely display. Loved the oral histories." EA.
17 Aug "Very interactive which is always good. Informative & interesting!" BJ, Cariff.
17 Aug "Very impressed with everything. Very worthwhile visit. Also brought back memories". M&TS, New Zealand
16 Aug "Once again, really interesting. Learnt even more this visit." S,B&C, Worksop & Durham.
16 Aug "One of the best small museums of local history I have ever seen". OGL, Allendale.
14 Aug "Very interesting to find out our ancestors were so brutal! Thank you". J G.
13 Aug "Lots of excellent info. Enjoyed bits about Bellingham iron works." S&DP, Windsor.
12 Aug " A little gem of information presented in an interesting fashion". CS, Bristol.
11 Aug "A fabulous & friendly museum. Great displays, great for children." JL
11 Aug "Haven't been before - really enjoyed it!" T&SH, Hexham
11 Aug "We really enjoyed our visit. Thanks for the warm welcome ...congratulations...very, very interesting" DJ, Leader, Ramblers Holidays
10 Aug "Enjoyable for the whole family" Family R, St Boswell's
9 Aug "Excellent museum" BN
9 Aug "Absolutely lovely wonderful museum" V&JW, Powys
8 Aug "A fascinating collection. It took me 2.45 hours ...!" SC, York
6 Aug "I like to come here because it's interesting" (Young Miss) N M, Bellingham
5 Aug "Very interesting. Good local history" SM, The Hague, The Netherlands
5 Aug "Well kept your museum. Loved it!". JP-R, The Netherlands
5 Aug "Amazing amount of information in such a small space. Excellent presentations" J&ST, Crook, Co Durham
4 Aug "Very valuable resource" KP, New York, USA
2 Aug "Very interesting. We need a week to look at everything!" S&DP, Oldbury
1 Aug "A surprising and wonderful experience". A&JS, Hexham.
31 Jul "Lovely". LB, Seaton Delaval/Phillipines.
27 Jul "... great to have such a personal and warm welcome and wonderful information from Ged..." R&PW, Kent Note: Ged Short from Wark is one of our volunteers. He has curated 'The Wannie Line' exhibition which is now showing in the temporary exhibition space.
"First visit - most enjoyable" R&E H, Buxton
26 Jul "We visit every summer. There is always something new! Great place, and the kids love it!" SR, Bellingham
24 Jul "Very interesting" AP, Slovakia
19 Jul "We've had such a wonderful time ..." R Family, Forest of Dean
16 Jul " Very nice!" vanV/B family, The Netherlands
15 Jul "A very good museum" ML, Edinburgh
8 Jul "Absolutely fascinating place, and so user friendly..." ER, Whiston
29 Jun "First time - but not the last", JH Sunderland
29 Jun "What a lovely discovery, having travelled up the Otterburn road for decades & have only just found you!" RMcA, Peebles
25 Jun "Canny!!" GA, E Yorks
24 Jun "Wonderful heritage centre" M&GW, Chatham, Kent
23 Jun "A really great museum. Really enjoyed our visit" P&JS, Banbury, Oxon
22 Jun "What a fantastic collection!" SW, Victoria, Australia
21 Jun "Marvellous place, lovely people, we will be back. Thank you" M&KS, Derbyshire
21 Jun "We've been before - and will come again!" M&EP, Newcastle
17 Jun "What a brilliant resource - put together with such imagination - excellent" EG, Stocksfield
16 Jun "Very good display - staff very informative and helpful" GR, Corbridge
14 Jun "Congratulations on setting up such an interesting and informative centre" PW, Hexham
12 Jun "This place gets better and better year on year, keep up the good work" IB, Haltwhistle
6 Jun "Friends raved about this and I can see why. Excellent" A&DF, Wooler
6 Jun " Great Museum. Enjoyed particularly section on the Reivers. Thank you very much for your help in tracing our ancestors!"
2 Jun "Why the paranoia about photography? (are you expecting a lot of terrorists?) NTP, Newbiggin by the Sea. Response: No - not terrorists! Some of the photographs and works on display, especially in the temporary exhibition area, are the copyright of other people.
31 May "Very good - need to come back!" JH, Cramlington
28 May " Very good. I always enjoy my visits, lovely memories" B&PT, Grimsby
22 May " Delightful musuem" J&DD, Thame, Oxfordshire
19 May "An impressive exhibition (The Wannie Line). Thoroughly enjoyable. Well presented & informative. Wonderful staff" J&MC, Knaresborough
11 May "Very interesting - well-informed guide. Would recommend to friends. J&MF, South ?
8 May " All very interesting, going to come back" JRH, Durham
2 May "We always enjoy our visits..." R&DS, Alnwick
27 Apr "Very informative; will bring our grandchildren back here" G&IA, Newcastle
25 Apr "Very interesting. The staff is very friendly. Thanks a lot" FL, Hoeillart, Belgium
23 Apr "Fascinating, well arranged and superbly looked after museum" D&HM, Royal Deeside
15 Apr "There should be a prize for museums & you should get it" GMcC&CS, ME2
10 Apr "Great" TETW, Sandsland, Sweden
4 Apr "Improving each time I come. Excellent! HW, Staffs
29 Mar "...Very helpful, generous staff. Well laid out & accessible" MH, Bristol
3 Mar "Another visit to this charming centre..." PR&SF, Northumberland
4 Feb "Children really enjoyed looking at exhibitions & learnt a lot" Greenhaugh First School
20 Jan "Really interesting - great for kids!" S Family, Hemel Hempstead
23 Dec "Very amazing and wonderful place..." MS, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
20 Nov "Brought back lots of memories of growing up in the North Tyne" JR, Toronto, Canada
14 Oct "Very very informative - too much to take in, in one visit - must return! B&BV, Stafford
14 Oct "Really interesting, quite moving details of ways of life now gone" MS, Leyburn, N Yorks
10 Oct "Beautifully set out with so many intriguing features. Thank you" LB, Leicestershire
9 Oct "Superb" DA, N Yorks
4 Oct "What a little gem, best I've been to for a while" EP, Wallington, Surrey
2nd Oct "Fantastic collection, very informative and interesting" N&MP, Christchurch, New Zealand
26 Sep "Brilliant display, will return, thank you" WG, Edinburgh
22 Sep "Enjoyed the displays a great deal - very helpful staff - well done! B&CK, Coldstream
22 Sep "A wonderful experience - so well presented, and easy to get around and friendly staff too" PB, Hertfordshire
17 Sep "Full of nostalgia! and everyone so welcoming" J&JH, Hexham
10 Sep "Never seen such a small museum with so many gems and so well laid out" M&DB, Lossiemouth
08 Sep "Very interesting especially the local accounts - fantastic for children" S&QS, York
08 Sep "Love the railway bit" S&EW, Chesterfield
12 Aug "A wonderful little gem of a museum - the recordings were a very special touch". AB
4 Aug "Great little centre where the children could touch all sorts of things without being told off!" JH, Bovingdon, Herts
29 Jul "A fascinating place to spend a couple of hours - really interesting". G & BN
27 Jul "Wonderful, informative exhibits". LL, Canada
"A fabulous chance to show my children where I come from". VB, USA
"A delightful exhibition - particularly enjoyed the phone box and variety of exhibits. Staff very
helpful, Thank you. Would love to bring a school group". CO & BS, S.Yorks
24 Jul "Wonderful record of really important social history ...". KJ, Manchester
21 Jul " Super; made to feel extremely welcome". RD, China
17 Jul "Have enjoyed the visit immensely ...". JS, Bradford;
13 Jul "Wonderful well served museum. Lovely". M & F, The Netherlands
11 Jul "Fascinating ...". M & FS, Galloway;
11 Jun "A very compact and informative museum; liked the violin music very much". H & L, Sussex;
11 May "Very interesting". RB, Australia;
30 Apr "Very interesting. Also good in keeping the little ones occupied". SE&Family, Huizen, The Netherlands;
10 Apr "We'll be back". C&SS, Bardon Mill;
3 Apr "Interesting ... a good time". BMcL, British Columbia, Canada;
14 Mar "Very interesting". L,R & RD, Leicester;
9 Feb "Fantastic ...". J & JC, Nottingham