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The public are encouraged to submit new accessions for the NPVM. We want it to include at least 100 objects! Please see details on our ‘CONTACT US’ page.

Detailed map of the North Pennines AONB

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Click to enlarge.

The location of North Pennines AONB in northern England

Regional view of the North Pennines. Click to enlarge.


The North Pennines Virtual Museum exists to showcase a range of objects relating to its history and archaeology, from the distant depths of prehistory, through Roman and medieval times until the present day. These objects are unlikely ever to be seen together in the ‘real world’. Many are on display or in storage at museums outside the area, others are in private hands, or, in some cases, lost. Some are very recent finds, demonstrating the ongoing excitement of archaeological research in the North Pennines.

The virtual museum has been developed by local volunteers as part of the Altogether Archaeology project (created and run by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership  and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) in association with the Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn. Through its staff team the AONB Partnership works to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the North Pennines (find out more at The Weardale Museum is a small independent folk museum established by volunteers in 1985 to preserve the heritage of Weardale (find out more at

It is not our intention to include all local finds, but there are certainly many more important objects that could be added. We hope that people will enjoy a visit to the Museum, and we welcome suggestions for new accessions. Details of how to suggest new objects for inclusion can be found in our Outreach page.

We hope that further accessions will be added to the Virtual Museum on a regular basis, and anticipate the addition of many new articles and interactive features as the site develops.

If you have enjoyed your visit here, why not take a trip to a local museum to see some of the objects for real, or have a day out in the North Pennines and visit some of the beautiful places where the objects were found?

If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the Virtual Museum, please do not hesitate to contact us...

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