**Due to the Covid 19 situation and the vulnerability of our volunteer staff we regrettably have to inform you that until a future unknown date we will remain closed.**
East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre is located in Seaham’s Harbour Marina where the historic lifeboat The George Elmy is on permanent display. The Centre’s exhibition facility enables the East Durham Heritage Group to hold themed displays relating to the maritime, industrial and social heritage of the area.
Seaham’s heritage history dates from before the 8th century Anglo Saxon church of St Mary the Virgin adjacent to Seaham Hall on the headland to the north of the town through the era of the Milbanke’s and their relationship with Lord Byron to Lord and Lady Londonderry who created the harbour for the export of coal from their collieries of East Durham. Following the closure of the collieries Seaham has seen many changes and is now attracting large numbers of visitors to the beaches, seafront promenade and marina.
Seaham is located on Durham’s Heritage Coast and is County Durham's only port.
The Centre provides educational visit facilities for both school and adult groups on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre is managed and staffed solely by volunteers of the East Durham Heritage Group and enthusiastic new volunteers are always needed. If members of the public feel they would like to help then they should please visit the Centre.
Our aim is to collect and preserve information and artefacts relating to Seaham’s heritage and make it available to all generations as an educational facility. “Without knowing our past how can we know and appreciate our present and future?”
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good31
- CarolG900Stockton-on-Tees, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGreat place. Our tour guide was v knowledgeableTuesday, 29th September 2020We were in Seaham and came across this place. One of the volunteers kindly showed us around and gave us an informative tour and history. No cost but we gave a voluntary contribution. Read full review
- O1138UZbriansTrip Type:Coupleswell worth a vissitTuesday, 12th July 2022A lovely place to visit , we took a detour on the way home from Newcastle the only down side was that we was unable to walk down to the light house as it was only accessible to local fishing members... Read full review
- PeterReigateOtley, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesVery MovingTuesday, 20th September 2022A very interesting visit. The display centres on the loss and salvage (and subsequent reconstruction) of the town lifeboat. There are many other interesting nartefacts to look at including history of... Read full review
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- In town/city centre - Coastal town on Durham's Heritage Coast.
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