Woodhorn Museum

Woodhorn Museum Woodhorn Museum is a museum and heritage colliery site in Ashington, Northumberland. Woodhorn brings Northumberland’s proud mining heritage to life.
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Did you know that at its peak, over 2,000 people worked underground at the site? A whopping 600,000 tonnes of coal was mined from the pit each year. Come along and visit the North East’s most complete colliery heritage site which including the most powerful winding engine in the region. Our modern museum Cutter Building showcases our impressive banner collection, Coal Town exhibition and, of cours

e, our iconic Ashington Group Collection. With so much to see and do at Woodhorn Museum it’s an experience to remember. Visit our website to find our more and to plan your visit, our Annual Pass is fantastic value at only £7 for unlimited visits plus kids go free! Woodhorn Museum is managed by Museums Northumberland, the public brand of Woodhorn Charitable Trust | Registered as a company in England and Wales under registration number 6893854 | Woodhorn Charitable Trust is registered as a charity number 1129712

Woodhorn Museum will be closed for staff training and annual maintenance work from Monday 8th January, reopening on Wedn...
07/01/2024

Woodhorn Museum will be closed for staff training and annual maintenance work from Monday 8th January, reopening on Wednesday 24th January at 10am.

The Northumberland Archives Study Centre will be open on its normal days. Contact them directly if you have any queries about using the Archives during this time.

Thank you for your understanding, We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment and look forward to welcoming you to the museum very soon!

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The Age UK Northumberland Gardening Group meets at Woodhorn Museum every Wednesday morning between 10am and 12noon.Launc...
04/01/2024

The Age UK Northumberland Gardening Group meets at Woodhorn Museum every Wednesday morning between 10am and 12noon.

Launched in February 2023, the active and enthusiastic group have been very busy throughout the year, bringing life, colour and nature back to the museum site.

They have big plans for 2024!

Anybody interested in joining the gardening group or to get involved as a volunteer - whether that’s chatting with our group members or sharing your gardening expertise - contact Age UK on 01670 784800 or by emaling [email protected]

The more the merrier!

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We want as many people as possible to enjoy a visit to our museum.Here are 10 things we've done to improve access for ou...
03/01/2024

We want as many people as possible to enjoy a visit to our museum.

Here are 10 things we've done to improve access for our visitors. You can read the full access plan on the website link below.

1. There is a car park at the museum, accessible spaces are located on the right as you arrive near the Welcome huts.

2. There is an admission charge to visit the museum. There is a concession rate available and accompanying carers go free.

3. There are accessible toilets and baby change available around the museum and a changing places fully accessible toilet situated on the upper ground floor of the main Cutter building.

4. Our main museum spaces are fully accessible and we have access ramps in most of the historic buildings.

5. The museum site is quite spread out – we have wheelchairs and an electric scooters available to borrow. Please contact us in advance to book if this would help you make the most of your visit.

6. We have an accessible multi-sensory outdoor play area.

7. Our staff are all friendly and welcoming, please do call or email us before you visit or speak to them on arrival if you need any more help or information.

8. 10am -11.00am on the last Sunday of the month is a Quiet Hour, when the museum has fewer visitors and the sound will be turned down.

9. When you visit the museum, you’ll encounter many sounds, smells, tastes and textures. You can handle objects and surfaces, so that you have can have a multi-sensory experience. We run free daily talks.

10. The museum has induction loops, large print and you can borrow ear defenders.

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/about-us/accessibility/accessibility-at-woodhorn-museum/

12noon - 3pm until Sunday 7th January If you're looking for things to do with the kids this week, come along to Woodhorn...
02/01/2024

12noon - 3pm until Sunday 7th January

If you're looking for things to do with the kids this week, come along to Woodhorn Museum and join in our family-friendly winter craft activity.

Come and decorate your own ceramic winter heart decoration. You don't need to keep it hidden until next Christmas - have it proudly on display all year round.

No need to pre-book and included with your Annual Pass admission.

Woodhorn Museum is open 10am - 4pm every day until Sunday 7th January.

Admission is £7 adults, £6 concessions and 16s and under visit for FREE. Pay once and you can enjoy unlimited repeat visits for a whole year.

Happy New Year! Wishing you all best wishes, health and happiness in 2024. The museum is closed today, but we will be ba...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! Wishing you all best wishes, health and happiness in 2024.

The museum is closed today, but we will be back open from 10am tomorrow for the rest of the school holidays.

31/12/2023

At a time when we reflect on the year that has passed - it is incredibly moving and uplifting to see the feedback from our current exhibition and short film - ‘Hjem by Jamie Sinclair'.

"Simple humanity goes a long way. Great work by all!"

"Watching this whilst Gaza is destroyed feels even more devastating."

"A story l didn't know on my doorstep, inspirational people. A story of kindness and humanity - so important in our modern, fractured world. Beautiful work Jamie and all involved."

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2024 🖤

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We introduced our 'Early Years Storytime Group' in March as part of a STEM funded project in 2023. It has proved so popu...
29/12/2023

We introduced our 'Early Years Storytime Group' in March as part of a STEM funded project in 2023. It has proved so popular, we continued to run the group for the rest of the year, meeting every Friday morning during term time.

It has been fantastic to see people coming back week after week as well as new people joining in throughout the year.

But we need your help!!

We have a collection of books and activities we can choose from, but we would love to know if you had a favourite book or activity this year?

Are there any stories you enjoy reading at home or suggestions for activities the group could have a go at in 2024!!

This is some of the feedback we've had so far, just drop us a private message or any suggestions in the comments.

"It's an amazing group for the kids! We always enjoy coming, different activities every week are great! Maybe there could be themed toys / activities as well as crafts? or maybe some music / singing, although we really enjoy it how it is"

"My children really enjoy coming to the story telling sessions on a Friday morning. They love doing the craft after the story and this really sparks their imagination and understanding of the story. We would love to see a session for home education on a regular basis (one a month) that looks at a primary school age range".

"Josie loves coming to Woodhorn museum for story time- she loves to interact then do all the crafts to depict the story and use her imagination further. The story tellers have all been excellent and involved the children to have fun with stories"

"Continue with a wide range of books, themed activities. Practical and fun, thank you"

The Early Years Storytime Group runs during schoo term-time. It's drop in, no need to pre-book and included with your Annual Pass admission. Adults £7, Concessions £6 and under 16s visit for FREE. Pay once and enjoy unlimited repeat visits for a whole year.

If you are visiting Woodhorn today (Thursday 28th December) Watch out! Scrooge and The Jolly Ghost of Yet to Come will b...
28/12/2023

If you are visiting Woodhorn today (Thursday 28th December) Watch out! Scrooge and The Jolly Ghost of Yet to Come will be popping up at the museum from 11.30am.

Scrooge and the Jolly Ghost of Yet to Come will be performing short pieces from Eliot Smith Dance’s ‘The Three Jolly Ghosts of Christmas’ which is currently on tour across the North East. There will also be opportunities for families and children to meet the dancers and participate in a dance workshop, open to all.

Head to the Upper Ground Floor of The Cutter Building.

Performance Times: 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm (performance lasts 8 minutes)

Workshop Time (inside the Northern Rock Gallery)

1.45pm (duration 20 minutes)

Included with Annual Pass admission, no need to pre-book.

Image: Scrooge and Jolly Ghost of Yet to Come. Photographer Darren Irwin.

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We hope you had a fantastic Christmas. If now is the time to get out of the house and enjoy some much needed fresh air, ...
27/12/2023

We hope you had a fantastic Christmas. If now is the time to get out of the house and enjoy some much needed fresh air, we are open from 10am - 4pm.

Come and explore the colliery buildings - don't miss the daily tour at 2pm and dig deeper into Northumberland's mining heritage.

Have a go at decorating your own ceramic heart in our drop-in, family friendly craft activity.

Let the little ones burn off some energy in the Pit Yard Play Area while the grown ups have a hot drink in the cafe.

Be inspired by the story of the Pitmen Painters who captured their world both above and below the ground on canvas.

Don't miss Hjem by Jamie Sinclair - a heart-warming short film and exhibition that captures the importance of community and how simple acts of kindness can help people feel at home.

We are open every day of the school holidays (apart from New Year's Day).

Dogs are welcome in our grounds and colliery buildings and don't forget 16s and under visit for FREE! Admission is just £7 for adults and £6 for concessions. Pay once and enjoy unlimited repeat visits for a whole year.

Parking is FREE.

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/woodhorn-museum/

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from us all at Woodhorn Museum.Painted by Harry Wilson in 1950, a very similar sc...
25/12/2023

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from us all at Woodhorn Museum.

Painted by Harry Wilson in 1950, a very similar scene is sure to be played out in houses across Northumberland today.

We are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but will be back open at 10am on Wednesday 27th December and for the rest of the school holidays (apart from New Year's Day).

Image: The Christmas Tree by Harry Wilson The Ashington Group

Spread a little love over the festive season by decorating your very own ceramic heart  in our free and family-friendly ...
23/12/2023

Spread a little love over the festive season by decorating your very own ceramic heart in our free and family-friendly craft sessions.

Join us this weekend and every day of the Christmas holidays between 12noon and 3pm. Drop-in, no need to pre-book. Don't forget we are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

You could decorate your heart to hang on your Christmas tree or to give to a friend, family member or neighbour. A member of staff will be on hand to help during these sessions.

This activity is included with your Annual Pass admission, where 16s and under visit for FREE.

The Ashington Group (or the Pitmen Painters) is our most significant collection.The group produced hundreds of paintings...
21/12/2023

The Ashington Group (or the Pitmen Painters) is our most significant collection.

The group produced hundreds of paintings showing what life was like both above and below ground for their mining communities in Northumberland and their work and their story has inspired projects and new artists for generations.

We are proud to have a collection of the paintings on permanent display at the museum, thanks to The Ashington Group Trustees.

If you haven't ever seen the paintings in real life, come and find out about this amazing group of men who put Ashington on the world stage.

You can join one of the daily spotlight tours at 12noon and 3pm and a member of staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Admission to Woodhorn Museum is £7 adults, £6 concessions and 16s and under visit for FREE! Pay once and enjoy unlimited repeat visits for a whole year.

Find out more and plan your visit https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/

Please note- due to high winds we will be unable to open some of the original colliery buildings today. The Cutter Build...
21/12/2023

Please note- due to high winds we will be unable to open some of the original colliery buildings today. The Cutter Building and Stable Block will be open as usual.

We hope you are all set for Christmas! Woodhorn Museum is open 10am - 4pm until Christmas Eve. We will be closed on Chri...
20/12/2023

We hope you are all set for Christmas!

Woodhorn Museum is open 10am - 4pm until Christmas Eve.

We will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but open for the rest of the Christmas holidays 10am - 4pm until Sunday 7th January.

Join in the drop in, family-friendly 'Decorating a Ceramic Heart' craft activity in the Cage Shop every day between 12noon and 3pm.

Explore the museum and historic colliery buildings and get some much needed fresh air, and let the kids burn off some excess energy in the Pit Yard Play area.

Don't miss a pop-up performance of Eliot Smith Dance's 'The Three Jolly Ghosts of Christmas' on Thursday 28th December. Scrooge and the Jolly Ghost of Yet to Come will be performing short pieces from ‘The Three Jolly Ghosts of Christmas’ throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity for families and children to participate in a drop-in dance workshop.

Christmas is a time for reflection, hospitality and kindness. If you haven't visited 'Hjem' take a few minutes to experience Jamie Sinclair's heartwarming short film and photography exhibition sharing the stories of asylum seekers and the volunteers at Northumberland County of Sanctuary

‘Hjem’ is an exchange of care and culture, capturing the importance of community and how simple acts of kindness can help people feel at home. 🤍

Find out more and plan your visit on the website https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/whats-on/

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Holidays are coming.... And this Friday will be our last Early Years Storytime Group of 2023. This week we will be readi...
19/12/2023

Holidays are coming....

And this Friday will be our last Early Years Storytime Group of 2023. This week we will be reading Father Christmas Needs A Wee! by Nicholas Allan.

After all of the tea, hot chocolate and milkshake on his round, Father Christmas really needs a wee! Enjoy this counting story of festive food and drink, and then have a go at creating a a Brussels Sprout decoration!

Join us on Friday 22nd December at 10.30am. Hope you have your Festive Jumpers at the ready!

If you are visiting the museum, join one of the free daily spotlight tours. At 12noon and 3pm - enjoy a bite-size tour t...
15/12/2023

If you are visiting the museum, join one of the free daily spotlight tours.

At 12noon and 3pm - enjoy a bite-size tour that introduces you to the inspirational story of the Ashington Group, also known as the Pitmen Painters. The tour will also showcase a few highlights from this incredible collection.

At 2pm - dig deeper into Northumberland's coal mining history and Woodhorn's industrial heritage on a guided tour of our historic colliery buildings.

Meet at the Welcome Desk in the Cutter Building 5 minutes before the tour is due to start.

Our talks and tours are suitable for all ages.

We are thrilled to welcome artist, curator and The Ashington Group Trustee Dr Narbi Price back to Woodhorn Museum in 202...
14/12/2023

We are thrilled to welcome artist, curator and The Ashington Group Trustee Dr Narbi Price back to Woodhorn Museum in 2024 as a Guest Curator thanks to the generous support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art .

Narbi will curate a new exhibition as part of 'Ashington Group 90', a year long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the 90th anniversary of the Pitmen Painters.

Narbi's exhibition will open in Autumn 2024 and will offer an exciting opportunity for visitors to find out more about the beginnings of the Pitmen Painters project and to celebrate their innovation and vision anew, nine decades on.

Narbi Price - Artist

Thursday 14th December - Last Day for Online Orders from our Shop Buy a truly Northumbrian gift for friends or family th...
12/12/2023

Thursday 14th December - Last Day for Online Orders from our Shop

Buy a truly Northumbrian gift for friends or family this Christmas from our online shop and help support the work we do at the same time!

From artwork to books, toys to crafts, homeware to stationary there is something to fit all tastes and budgets.

Or for the people who have everything why not gift an Annual Pass, and they can enjoy unlimited days out at the museum for a whole year.

Browse and buy online https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/shop/

This Friday (15th December) the Festive Early Years Storytime Group will be reading 'Bright Winter Night' by  Alli Brydo...
11/12/2023

This Friday (15th December) the Festive Early Years Storytime Group will be reading 'Bright Winter Night' by Alli Brydon.

This delightful book tells the tale of a group of woodland creatures. Despite their differences, they start to build something together, using items found on the forest floor. What are they making? And how quickly can they build it?

Bright Winter Night is a celebration of the joy and beauty of nature and the special gift of friendship and togetherness.

After the story telling, we will have a go at making a messy chalk picture of the northern lights, with glow-in-the-dark stars!

Join us at 10.30am on Friday!

This activity is drop-in, no need to pre-book. It is included with your Annual Pass admission which is great value for money at just £7 adults, £6 concessions and kids visit for FREE! Pay once and enjoy unlimited repeat visits for a whole year.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights announcing the rights and free...
10/12/2023

Today is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights announcing the rights and freedoms that belong to us all.

We are proud to be hosting this thought-provoking film and exhibition by Ashington-born artist Jamie Sinclair. 'Hjem' embodies the theme of this year's anniversary, sharing the stories of refugees, asylum seekers and local volunteers. It's a film about hospitality and kindness, showing people creating joy and looking forward to the future rather than being asked to focus on the past.



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This Friday (8th December) our Early Years Storytime Group will be reading LIttle Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnly. In the ...
06/12/2023

This Friday (8th December) our Early Years Storytime Group will be reading LIttle Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnly.

In the hands-on activity we will have a go at making a festive illusion spinner.

Little Robin Red Vest is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We have a deluxe edition of the book available to buy in the Museum Gift Shop and online - a great stocking filler or pre-Christmas gift for those with under 5s. https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/shop/product/little-robin-red-vest-by-jan-fearnley/

We hope you can join us at 10.30am on Friday.

The Early Years Storytime Group is included with your Annual Pass admission where kids go free. No need to pre-book, just come along. After the session enjoy a nice hot drink and festive treat in the cafe!

Artist Call - Northumberland Open Exhibition 2024Registrations close on Friday 8th December. After registration closes, ...
05/12/2023

Artist Call - Northumberland Open Exhibition 2024

Registrations close on Friday 8th December. After registration closes, you will be emailed full information about the submission process and 2024 exhibition.

You can find out more on the Museums Northumberland website https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/whats-on/artist-call-northumberland-open-2024/

Image from the 2023 exhibition credit: Ted Taylor, The Miner, the Boy and the Canary

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05/12/2023

Can you help one of our partners Age UK Northumberland to raise vital funding that will allow them to continue running their Live Well with Dementia Groups?

The money they raise will be match funded by the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Who put their Christmas Tree up at the weekend? The Xmas Tree by Harry Wilson c.1950 captured a 1950s family Christmas p...
04/12/2023

Who put their Christmas Tree up at the weekend?

The Xmas Tree by Harry Wilson c.1950 captured a 1950s family Christmas perfectly. Does it remind you of Christmas Day in your house?

This popular painting is available as a print to order as well as a 1000 piece jigsaw to keep you entertained in the run up to Christmas. Buy online or in the museum gift shop https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/shop/?search=xmas+tree

The Ashington Group

On your next visit, look out for the new display on the Upper Ground Floor. It has been curated by members of our Commun...
03/12/2023

On your next visit, look out for the new display on the Upper Ground Floor. It has been curated by members of our Community Advisory Panel and collections volunteers.

They collectively chose the theme 'Hobbies in the Pit Communities'.

The objects on display ave been chosen because they all tell very different stories about Northumberland. Some are very personal and meaningful for the person who selected them, and others tell a wider story that they wanted to share with you.

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Father Christmas has brought some lumps of coal with him from the North Pole. Traditionally coal was left for children w...
02/12/2023

Father Christmas has brought some lumps of coal with him from the North Pole. Traditionally coal was left for children who were on the naughty list.

Colliery Soap Studio Lump of Coal Soap makes a fantastic stocking filler or secret santa gift.

Available to buy in the Museum Gift Shop - but you'll have to be quick as there are limited stocks available £5.50.

We will be open today 10am - 4pm and looking forward to welcoming families who have booked for the Christmas Grotto this...
02/12/2023

We will be open today 10am - 4pm and looking forward to welcoming families who have booked for the Christmas Grotto this weekend. Father Christmas is here and ready to meet you all.

Don't forget between 12 and 3pm you can also have a go at decorating your own ceramic heart to hang on your Christmas treee or gift to family or friends. This family-friendly craft activity is included with your Annual Pass admission and no need to pre-book - just come along and have a go.

The museum and colliery buildings, cafe and gift shop is open. Come and explore the whole museum, and our current exhibition and short film Hjem.

Wrap up warm! It's chilly out there today. The team did a grand job of clearing all the pathways yesterday. 🤍🎅❄️⛄️

Our festive craft activity continues this weekend. Join us every weekend in the run up to Christmas between 12noon and 3...
30/11/2023

Our festive craft activity continues this weekend.

Join us every weekend in the run up to Christmas between 12noon and 3pm to decorate your own ceramic heart and spread a little love this festive season.

Our family-friendly craft activities are included with your Annual Pass admission and no need to pre-book. Just come along and join in.

We'd love to see photos of your decorated hearts and who you are giving yours to?

Share them in the comments below.
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UPDATE! Unfortunately the museum is closed today due to the snow (which is a shame given the title of this week's planne...
29/11/2023

UPDATE! Unfortunately the museum is closed today due to the snow (which is a shame given the title of this week's planned story). Hopefully see you all next week. Sorry for any disappointment if you were planning to come along today.

We will be reading 'Snowball' by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

This brilliantly funny book tells the tale of a lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain. He decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll... and when a snowball rolls through snow, we all know what happens!

In the hands-on activity we will have a look at pictures of snowflakes under a microscope, make a cotton wool snowball and see how far you can launch it.

Friday 1st December at 10.30am. The Early Years Storytime Group is included with Annual Pass admission, where kids go free. Pay once and enjoy unlimited repeat visits for a whole year.

No need to pre-book - we hope you can join us. And as it is the 1st December, it's time to dig out the Christmas jumpers!!

You can learn more about one of our unique collections on a free Spotlight Tour: The Pitmen Painters. Join us at 12noon ...
28/11/2023

You can learn more about one of our unique collections on a free Spotlight Tour: The Pitmen Painters. Join us at 12noon and 3pm for a bite-size talk that will introduce you to the inspirational story of the Ashington Group, also known as the Pitmen Painters.

The Spotlight Tours are included with your Annual Pass admission. Meet at the Welcome Desk a few minutes before the start time.

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Woodhorn, QEII Country Park
Ashington
NE639YF

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

+441670624455

Website

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/social-media-community-guidelines/

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Visit Woodhorn Museum to explore our colliery heritage site and to experience a fantastic programme of events and exhibitions. Did you know...Woodhorn has the Ashington Group Collection on permanent display? Come and see the original paintings made famous by Lee Hall's 'Pitmen Painters' play. Visit our website to plan your visit, find out about our exciting membership scheme (pay once for 12 months unlimited returns and children 16 under admitted free) and for full details of what's on.

We hope to welcome you in person soon.


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