Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

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Why not become a Heritage Group Member ?

Interested in local history?

Fancy researching our local history?

Want to be part of an active and friendly Group?

Then why not consider joining Chester-le-Street Heritage Group either as a Member or as a Friend ?


Meetings are held in Chester-le-Street Library on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of each month starting at 7pm, where there is often a speaker covering a subject of local interest.

The Library Room provides an overhead whiteboard, which is used to show PowerPoint Slide Shows or digital videos.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available and there are ample opportunities to talk to other Members, where you can receive help with your own areas of interest and research.

A talk and slide show presentation being given to the

Heritage Group in the Parish Centre.

A recent Heritage Group Meeting which was held in the Library when many topics were discussed.

Sunderland Local History Fair - 2015.

The Heritage Group Stall - which received many enquires.

Drop-In Sessions:

These are currently held at the Salvation Army Citadel in Low Chare every Tuesday morning between 10 am and 12 noon.

Here you will find Members available to discuss local history and research topics. A set of display boards will be available showing photographs and information about the people and places of our town and the surrounding area. In addition, there are laptops and scanners ready for those who drop-in with pictures, documents and artefacts as well as an opportunity to view the Group’s extensive archive.

Books, Newsletters, folders with collections on various subjects are also available to be viewed, and there are CDs and DVDs covering such topics as photographs of the Front Street in days gone by, to Newspaper Archives taking the form of the Chester-le-Street Chronicles.

Exhibitions & Fairs:

The Heritage Group are also promoting our town at various exhibitions and fairs in the area. The next of these events will take place this year when we will have a stall at the Sunderland History Fair on the 4th June, 2016.

Well, here’s what to do:

MEMBERSHIP - if you’re interested in joining the Group as a “MEMBER”, then either call into one of our Drop-In Sessions, which are held every Tuesday Morning between 10 am and 12 noon at the Salvation Army Citadel in Low Chare, or visit us at the Library on either the 1st or 3rd Wednesday evening of the month between 7pm and 9pm. Or simply complete the request form on the “Contact Us” page on this website and confirm that you would like to become a “MEMBER”.

The Annual cost of Membership is currently £15.00

FRIENDS - if you would like to become a “FRIEND OF THE GROUP” then just  click on the button below to find out more and download an Application Form.

A recent Drop-In Session held at the Salvation Army Citadel in Low Chare, showing the display boards and the visitors discussing local history and the events of the day.

“The Group have just commenced work on an exciting new project called:-                               “The Chester-le-Street Marras”.

This, our latest project will see members researching the history of the Collieries that once dominated the skylines both in and around Chester-le-Street. Using a wide variety of resources we will be compiling a comprehensive record of these Collieries, gathering relevant facts and figures, copying photographs and documents, and collecting oral accounts from those who worked in or were associated with the mining industry. Maybe you can help or are just interested to see what we are doing. If so feel free to contact us”.

New Project - “The Chester-le-Street Marras”

Registered Charity No: 1120080

Chester Moor Colliery

Interested in being a “MEMBER” or a “FRIEND”?

More about being a "Friend"

Friends of the Heritage Group benefit from receiving copies of our Quarterly Newsletter, invitations to events, outings and exhibitions organised by the Group, as well as regular updates on local history issues.

We request that the annual subscription to become a Friend be a minimum of £8.00, and we are grateful for any donations above that amount which you choose to subscribe.