A UNIQUE opportunity has arisen to view historic images of the Durham Dales alongside stunning works by talented 21st century photographers.

Weardale Museum has joined forces with the photography group I Love Weardale for a special exhibition at the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope this weekend. The exhibition will feature a selection of images from the museum’s archive of more than 800 historic photographs depicting landscapes and scenes of everyday life from years gone by.

Modern day drone footage, meanwhile, will celebrate the beautiful landscape as it is today, along with an impressive audio visual presentation of images captured by I Love Weardale photographers.

It is hoped the free event, on Saturday, June 24, will encourage people of all ages to appreciate the beauty and rich heritage of the area.

It is the first time many of the old photographs, dating from between 1870 to 1940, will be shown to the public, with many donated to the museum by residents.

David Hetherington, secretary of Weardale Museum, said he hoped the exhibition would encourage people to visit the volunteer-run attraction located in Ireshopeburn.

“We are trying hard to attract more visitors to what we believe is a fantastic little museum,” he said.

“We suffer a bit because of our isolated location, hence the need to reach out to where there are more visitors.

“We hope that our exhibition may help to draw visitors to see what else the Weardale Museum has to offer at Ireshopeburn where they will receive a warm welcome from our volunteers.

“Visitors get to handle and chat about interesting objects, see wonderful local craft work in the form of the Weardale Tapestry and Amy Emms quilt, experience a fascinating range of stories, delve into their family history and visit the oldest methodist chapel in continuous use.”

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm.

Weardale Museum is also involved with next month’s Weardale Family History Festival. The eight-day event runs from Saturday, July 1, to Sunday, July 9, and will feature talks and presentations.

To find out more about the festival, visit contact Sarah Haynes on 01388-528673 or visit stthomasstanhope.co.uk/events