Belford Hidden History Museum is part of Belford Community Group and has grown from a one off display into a permanent and very successful and innovative community asset.
In 2008 a summer local history exhibition with displays featuring “lost houses”, reminiscences from local people and a display of period clothes was mounted in an empty building. This was extremely popular, a chord had been struck, a need proven, so further annual exhibitionswere organised until, in 2012, a permanent home was offered in part of the village Reading Room. Belford Community Group was successful in obtaining grants to renovate the disused building and convert it into the museum we have today.
The information within the museum is constantly changing and evolving. There is a display charting the impact of World War Iin our area, andour interactive computer systemholds details of the men and woman who were involved in that conflict.
Most of the men in the village who fought in WW2 were in the Northumberland Fusiliers and 29 of them were captured at the fall of Singapore. The museum tells their story as Far Eastern Prisoners of War.
Other displays focus on aspects of village life from times past while a Listening Post holds reminiscences of village residents.
The Library is used as a local archive. The museum draws in visitors and Coach parties to the village, and also plays a key part in community life, organising events, doing outreach with Alzheimer’s patients, working with local schools and, aided by Grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, organising programmes of visits and winter talks. Two mornings a week retired gentlemen use the museum as a meeting place.
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ILLUSTRATED TALK, “LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT”
by Anthea Lang, author and historian,
Sunday 22nd October, 2.30 Bell View Resource Centre, West Street
Throughout Winter and Spring a series of free events, lectures and films to Commemorate World War 1 has been organised by Belford Museum as part of the WW1 - A Rural Area at War project.
The programme starts on Sunday 22nd October with an illustrated talk by author and historian Anthea Lang, “ Life on the Home Front”. Anthea, a self proclaimed “local history nut”, has helped bring the North East’s rich history to life, delighting thousands through her six books, talks, teaching and guided walks. Her talk looks at how the war affected the lives of everyone living on Tyneside, the opportunities it gave to some and the problems it brought to others and starts at 2.30 in Bell View Resource Centre, West Street, Belford.
November’s illustrated talk will be by internationally renowned Belford based artist and illustrator, Olivia Lomenech Gill, on “Illustrating “War Horse” and Other Books”.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund all the events are free and refreshments are provided. The full programme is available to view on the Belford Village website.