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The Friends of Killhope is a registered charity whose members share an interest in Killhope and the lead mining industry.

One of the Wheels at Killhope

Members have free entry to Killhope, and can help with work on the site. Membership runs annually from January - if you would like to join, please email us.

You can also download the PDF IconFriends_of_Killhope_Membership_form_2013.pdf (2 pages, 199kb)

Current Volunteering

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Killhope is now developing a volunteering programme to enable people to get involved with our heritage in a hands on way and support the work we do.

If you're new to volunteering and would like to find our what it entails before you commit yourself - then why not come to one of our taster sessions.

All sessions run from 10.30am until 4.30pm and includes lunch and refreshments. Sessions are free - but places are limited and you must apply for a session - the earlier the better.

  • Digital photography for museum collections - 3 May 2014
  • Managing woodland environments - 11 May and 6 July 2014
  • How to work with archives - 17 May 2014
  • Costume Interpretation - 25 May 2014
  • Working with nature - 7 June 2014
  • Heritage restoration - 15 June 2014
  • Making, mending and fixing - 21 June 2014
  • Advocacy - how you can help promote us - 12 July 2014
  • Working with and researching museum collections - 19 July 2014

Please contact Killhope on 01388 537505 or email us if you'd like to be involved with volunteering. 

Past Volunteering

Killhope has recently completed two young people's volunteering programmes; DaleForce and Heritage Skills.

Daleforce was the Youth Project that lets young people from Weardale, Teesdale and Allendale choose the activities they wanted to do. From stage fighting and drama, to graffiti, manga, and dance.

Dale Force was part of NE-Generation which is funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. The project was also supported by the heritage lottery fund.

Killhope's most recent Heritage Lottery Fund project "Heritage Skills and Overnight Stays" has been a big hit with the groups taking part. Groups have tried their hand at blacksmithing, mat making, woodland management and many more heritage activities. The groups stayed overnight for 2 nights in the yurts at Killhope and made the most of the site out of hours. 





The Heritage Skills and Overnight Stays project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, North Pennines Leader and the North Pennines AONB.