Help shape the future of favourite Hartlepool attractions

Published Thursday, 28th March 2024

People in Hartlepool are being encouraged to take part in a survey to share their thoughts on revitalising the Museum of Hartlepool and re-opening the paddle steamer PS Wingfield Castle.

Hartlepool Borough Council recently appointed a multi-disciplinary team led by LDN Architects to develop plans to reimagine and redevelop the visitor experience at both attractions.

The aim is to create an exciting cultural destination for visitors and local residents alike, telling the story of Hartlepool in a fresh, exciting and engaging way which is accessible to everyone and is also a fun, stimulating experience for those with young families.

To help inform that process, residents are invited to give their views through a short online survey at

The topics include why people visited the museum, what excites them most about the attractions, their favourite exhibits, their best memories of the Wingfield Castle, what changes they would like to see and whether anything puts them off visiting.

The survey takes about ten minutes to complete and runs until Monday 20th May. Printed copies are available in the Museum of Hartlepool.

A range of community consultation and engagement activities about the project will be held this spring and summer. For latest updates on the project please check the Project pages at or the Museum of Hartlepool pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Georgina Ascroft, the Council’s Museum and Gallery Manager, said: “The Museum of Hartlepool and the Wingfield Castle are two of the town's best-loved attractions and we really hope people of all ages will spare a few minutes to take part in the survey and help shape their future development."