A temporary exhibition of VE Day. In common with most other villages, Wheatley Hill made a huge commitment to the Second World War - men, women and children all played a part in the war.
Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre is a small museum situated in the cemetery in the village. It is a small building of Edwardian architectural beauty which originally served the village as a chapel of rest from 1907 when it opened until the 1950's. The building was renovated approximately 20 years ago by the Parish Council, and now forms what is known as The Heritage Society.
The centre provides insight into the life in a mining village in about 1919. It pays tribute to its benefactor, miners leader Peter Lee, and there is a permanent exhibition to his life as well as his grave which can be seen in the cemetery. Also our First World War VC hero, Thomas Kenny is remembered within the centre and also outside where his grave and 100-year commemoration stone can be visited.
More recently, the village worked together to raise money to commission a Ray Lonsdale sculpture of a miner which is called "The Last Shift" and that can also be visited in the cemetery.
Access Information: The only parking available at the centre is street parking outside and in nearby streets
COVID-19 Considerations: This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.
Contact for the day: 01429 824402
|2020 (17 Sept 2020 - 19 Sept 2020)|
|Thursday - Saturday||10:00||- 16:00|
* No booking required
Map & Directions
Directions: Wheatley Hill is situated on the A181 road between Hartlepool and Durham The Heritage Centre is situated in Wheatley Hill Cemetery.