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The Poppy Cafe

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Gallery of people

A day in the life of the Heugh Battery

The history continues

Centuries of history unveiled

1914 Bombardment

16 December 1914 8.10 am

The collections

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Educational visits

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The Heugh Battery Museum is open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm most days in school holidays (summer months). However in the winter season the Heugh battery is open Thursday to Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
The Heugh Battery Museum will be closed from the 16 December until 12 January every year

Heugh Battery Museum
Go back in time on the UK's
only live WW1 Battlefield

The Official 100th Anniversary of the Heugh Battery Bomdardment Commemoration Service details.

How many other areas in the United Kingdom can tell you about a World War One Battlefield site? . . . . None!

It was Wednesday, 16 December 1914. Just after 08.10 hours that morning, the guns on three German Battle Cruisers opened fire and shells rained down on the streets of Hartlepool. Though the town's Heugh Battery returned fire - becoming the only coastal battery in England to fire its guns in anger during the First World War - the bombardment resulted in extensive damage and severe loss of life.

The story


Poppy Cafe

Onsite cafe

The Trench

WW1 trench


Arcives etc.


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Visitor Information

Why not visit our restored coastal defence battery, a site dating back over 300 years. Now available are the 'Annual Pass' or 'Family Pass' cards, along with special discount days/events for you to join in with. The Heugh Battery Museum is available to all ages, knowledgable or not there is something here for you.
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Recruitment and Volunteering

The Heugh Battery Museum requires volunteers from all aspects of knowledge, skill or age, join a growing team and help preserve many artifacts. Your help is always required and valued no matter how much or little time you can provide.
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Hire the venue or Support Us

The Heugh Battery Museum can be hired for business meetings, displays, functions, weddings, private hire and much more. if you need a secure venue, then download or ask for our brochure. Why not also simply make a donation to help keep the Heugh Battery running.
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General Information

Annual or Family Passes available.

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MLA council

MLA Council link

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund - Heugh Battery

Friends and Links

Our friends and web links

Registered Charity Number : 1106882 -- Registered with Companies House in England Number : 4774077