Museum Collection


We have thousands of objects available at the museum, many of which are on public display. Our collections are divided into different categories:

Community Life
Domestic and Family Life
Minerals of the North Pennines
Personal Life
Spar Boxes
Working Life

You can see a gallery of images by clicking the appropriate category.

Object of the Month

Air Testing Device

Air Testing Device

Tester for mine damp/oxygen. It originally belonged to Percy Blight a Teesdale Mine Manager. A small candle stub was placed at the top of the wooden stick and this was then pushed through the glass to the top of the tube and then lit. The handle was pulled slowly down the tube and the point at which the candle was extinguished indicated the level of damp gas or oxygen.