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Burnhope Village (the village that refused to die) is an intergenerational social history project exploring life in the village from the 1840s right through to the present day.

This project (with funding from the Heritage Lottery) brings together younger and older members of the Burnhope community to research and discover their heritage. 

  • Mining and the birth of Burnhope in 1840
  • The growth of Burnhope and the Co-op movement
  • The General Strike, smallpox and the 1926 Miner’s Gala
  • Social history and engineering accomplishments, 1927-1950
  • The Category ‘D’ notice 1951-1977
  • How Burnhope became the village that refused to die

Members of the community have been involved throughout the project, which included a variety of activities with local children:  

  • Research sessions in the Durham County Record Office
  • Arts, crafts and photography
  • Outdoor exploration
  • Event organisation or support
  • Visits to museum and heritage sites

If you'd like more information about this project, call us on 0191 374 6561 or email us at