Museum opens in Northumberland railway station

The local heritage of a Northumbrian village can now be told, following the opening of a micro-museum.

Contained within a restored Victorian railway station near Haydon Bridge, Northumberland the new museum will use local knowledge to tell the story of an industrial past.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, contributed £1000 towards the project.

The Garden Station now features a micro-museum Pic Mike Winstanley

The Garden Station now features a micro-museum Pic Mike Winstanley

The micro-museum, also known as the history room, shares the story of Langley’s industrial past.

Mike Winstanley, owner of the Garden Station, said: “Visitors always ask me lots of questions about the Hexham to Allendale Railway, the Langley Smelt Mill, flue and chimney and other local heritage. Creating the history room has allowed me to share this local information and provide a tribute to the industrial workers of Langley.”

The Garden Station is a restored wooden Victorian railway station with café, gardens and woodland walks in Langley near Haydon Bridge in the north of the AONB.

Mr Winstanley is a former teacher turned restaurateur. He bought the business in March 2008.

Mr. Winstanley would love to hear from anyone with photos, stories and items relating to Langley’s past. He said: “This is a work in progress and a group effort. We know there are more remarkable tales out there and we want to help people share them.”

Grants available

Simon Wilson, Project Development Officer with the North Pennines AONB Partnership said: “The micro-museum’s aims compliment the AONB Partnership’s; to help people discover, enjoy and understand the local landscape and its natural and cultural features.”

The AONB Partnership invites people to come forward with innovative project ideas based within or benefiting the North Pennines AONB. If they support the environmental, social and economic prosperity of the area they could be eligible for funding of between £300 and £1,000.

For more information about the AONB Partnership’s grants scheme contact the Staff Unit on 01388 528801 ( or visit

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