About Us

The Allen Valleys Local History Group actively supports research into the history of the Allen valleys. It aims to share knowledge uncovered by the Group and others, while celebrating Allen valleys life.

The Local History Group was formed on 8th October, 2015 at an open meeting. Ian Forbes, local historian and expert on the mining history of the North Pennines, gave a talk about what he found to be of particular historical interest in the area. Archive film footage of Allenheads, presented by Allenheads Contemporary Arts, was screened, while local people had mounted displays that demonstrated their abiding interest in local history.

Regular meetings since then have featured talks on topics such as bastles, Allen Smelt Mill, and the Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers project. Group members have visited the archives at Beamish Open air Museum, and at Woodhorn Museum (where the county archives are held). Volunteers have formed two new research groups: one to catalogue the archive of local historian, Nora Handcock; the other to research the history of local businesses.

The Allen Valleys Local History Group will continue to develop interests in research, sharing knowledge with local people and visitors alike, through talks, workshops, exhibitions, and this website.

Allen Valleys Local History Group is supported by the North Pennines AONB Partnership.  Why not come along to the next meeting? See the News & Events page for details.

Committee Minutes
Committee Members
AVLHG Constitution
AVLHG Membership