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Award hope for Weardale lead mining museum

Killhope lead mine
Image caption The museum underwent a recent multimillion-pound facelift

An award-winning County Durham museum could be in line for another accolade.

The Killhope Lead Mining Museum has been shortlisted for the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year prize at the North East Tourism Awards.

The award entry follows a major scheme to improve visitor facilities at the Weardale attraction, which features a fully restored 19th Century lead mine.

Finalists for the awards will be announced next month, with the winner being revealed in October.

The award considers the experience offered to visitors, staff training, accessibility and other issues.

Rosemary Laxton, Durham County Council's head of libraries, learning and culture, said: "We have been successful at the North East Tourism Awards a number of times and last won this particular honour in 2008.

"Staff and volunteers have worked very hard this year and the shortlisting is an excellent reward for their efforts. Hopefully, we regain our title in the Small Visitor Attraction category this year."

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