Mining, Society , Intellectual life
The North Pennines was the most important lead mining area of the country – an industry in which Britain once led the world. In the 1800s this rural landscape was transformed by an industry that is now almost invisible.
The exception is Killhope - the best preserved lead mining site in the country.
Visitors can experience a section of the mine, see the waterwheel that drove lead processing technology and learn about the lives of lead mining families.
It can also claim to be a first in the list of 100 Places - Killhope won the inaugural Guardian family-friendly museum award in 2004.