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.