Hexham Old Gaol & Moot Hall

Hexham Old Gaol & Moot Hall Explore the oldest purpose built prison in England and discover the history of the borders and the Reivers. The Old Gaol is 0.5 mile from Hexham train station and less than 0.5 mile from Hexham bus station.
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Discover two fascinating town centre buildings in Hexham. The Old Gaol offers four floors packed with information to bring history to life: • Delve into the dark history of the Old Gaol, the Shire and the Borders • Enjoy an unforgettable learning experience • Find out about the terrifying Border Reiver raids and the tragic consequences • Watch the special “Reiver Raid” film made exclusively for the Old Gaol • Discover the area’s history and explore the buildings the Borderers lived in The building of Hexham Gaol was ordered June 1330 making it the oldest purpose-built prison in England. It held prisoners captured in Hexhamshire - the area ruled over by the Archbishop of York - and his Bailiff and officials ran the Shire on his behalf from the nearby Moothall. The Gaol was used until the 1820s, when a new county gaol was built at Morpeth. By 1828 most prisoners were held in Morpeth Gaol, and the Hexham House of Correction was used for petty thieves. More recently the building has been used as a bank, solicitors' office, home for the Rifle Volunteers, a Billiards Club, and a place from which to firewatch in the Second World War. 11am – 4.00pm February & March: Tuesday and Saturday April – September: Tuesday – Saturday (Plus Sunday in the English summer holidays ) October & November 2018 TBC Hexham Moothall is just around the corner from the Gaol and right in the Market Place opposite Hexham’s stunning abbey. Originally part of a complex of buildings owned by the Archbishop of York, this is where the Archbishop's Bailiff was based, where he held courts, collected rents, and entertained important people. On the second floor of the Moothall is the Lockhart Room. Once the Bailiff's Hall, this amazing space is available for hire for weddings, meetings, events and parties. Look out for special events when you can discover the building for yourself. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge to the Old Gaol and each adult ticket purchased is valid for unlimited returns for 12 months. The charges are as follows: Adult: £5.00 (£4.50 each for multiple adult tickets purchased at the same time) Concessions (Students & OAPs): £4.00 Children 16 and under: Free A Woodhorn Charitable Trust membership is also available at just £16 giving unlimited visits for 12 months to Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum (free admission to everyone) as well as the Old Gaol. Part of Woodhorn Charitable Trust along side Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum and Woodhorn.

TODAY is Northumberland Day, when we celebrate everything that is great about our wonderful county.The COVID-19 lockdown...
24/05/2020

TODAY is Northumberland Day, when we celebrate everything that is great about our wonderful county.

The COVID-19 lockdown has impacted all our lives. And now more than ever is the time to take pride in everything Northumbrian and the people who live here.

Illustrator Jonny Hannah is once again asking for stories from you, the folk of Northumberland. And this time, Jonny would like you to send him your stories of life in lockdown.

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/project/northumberland-folk/

Tomorrow, we should have been launching 'Northumberland Folk', four wonderful new exhibitions by illustrator Jonny Hanna...
22/05/2020

Tomorrow, we should have been launching 'Northumberland Folk', four wonderful new exhibitions by illustrator Jonny Hannah. Instead, we have postponed the exhibitions to summer 2021 to make sure as many people can enjoy them as possible.

But now, Jonny needs YOUR stories. Your 'Northumberland Lockdown Tales' are an important part of history in the making. Jonny plans to weave your stories of this extraordinary time into his Northumberland Folk exhibitions next year.

Have a read through his call out below, and if you would like to submit your Lockdown Story, please e-mail Jonny through: [email protected]

You can find out more about the project on our website here: 'https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/project/northumberland-folk/

You can also follow Jonny's progress creating the exhibitions on his Northumberland Folk instagram feed here: https://www.instagram.com/northumberlandfolk/?hl=en

Our museums remain closed to the public, but we're working behind the scenes to make sure that when we are able to reope...
03/05/2020

Our museums remain closed to the public, but we're working behind the scenes to make sure that when we are able to reopen we are ready with an amazing programme of exhibitions and activities for you to enjoy.

We look forward to presenting ‘Northumberland Folk’, a series of four new exhibitions by illustrator Jonny Hannah. Check out the Northumberland Folk playlist and Jonny’s isolation diaries on Instagram.

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/project/northumberland-folk/

If you're looking for something fun to do around the house, why not get involved with Woodhorn Museum's Recreating Art C...
08/04/2020

If you're looking for something fun to do around the house, why not get involved with Woodhorn Museum's Recreating Art Challenge.

We have been inspired by the Getty Museums' Recreating Art Challenge.

We challenge you to recreate one of The Pitmen Painters work of art with materials you can find at home.

When creating your masterpiece PLEASE stick to the Government guidelines during the Coronavirus lockdown.

🚘 No unnecessary travel to locations outside of your own home.
👨‍👩‍👧‍👧Protect yourself and others and only create the art with people from your immediate household.

Stay Home Stay Safe Be Creative! 😀

We will showcase your artworks in a virtual gallery and our favourites will be given an Annual Pass to use when we're back open and you can come and see the real things!

To get you started we love Carol Bell's recreated version of Whippets by George Blessed c 1939.

For inspiration check out all of the artworks at Art UK

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view_as/grid/search/keyword:ashington-group--locations:woodhorn-museum/page/6/sort_by/name.keyword/order/asc#

Share your masterpiece with us by Facebook Messenger or email [email protected] and we will create a gallery.

Have Fun!

Did you know Museums Northumberland is a registered charity? We rely on the money generated from visitors to protect our...
02/04/2020

Did you know Museums Northumberland is a registered charity?

We rely on the money generated from visitors to protect our collections, share Northumberland’s stories and deliver entertaining and educational experiences for visitors of all ages.

While we are closed to the public, we are sadly losing money every day and we need your support more than ever. It would help us through these uncertain times and put us in a strong position to re-open quickly as soon as we are able to do so.

If you can afford to do so, please consider buying an Annual Pass to Hexham Old Gaol NOW.

The Annual Pass is great value for money. Pay once and enjoy UNLIMITED repeat visits for the next 12 months.

While we are closed, you can buy your Annual Pass online.

Adults £5
Multiple Adults £4.50
Concessions £4
Carers and 16s and under FREE

Don't worry, you won’t miss out on visits – the pass would be activated the first time you visit us.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon! 😃

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/annual-pass/

Whilst the museum remains closed we're hoping to keep sharing some of our work with you all.We've been working with awar...
27/03/2020

Whilst the museum remains closed we're hoping to keep sharing some of our work with you all.

We've been working with award winning illustrator Jonny Hannah for the past year on our fascinating 'Northumberland Folk' project.

He's been creating four new exhibitions that are (or perhaps were...) due to open in May at all four of our Museums Northumberland sites; Woodhorn Museum, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery and Hexham Old Gaol.

During his research in Hexham, Jonny enjoyed finding out about the heritage of the Hexham Tans. He is creating giant Tans featuring Hexham folk tales as part of his exhibition.

Jonny has created an 'isolation diary' over on instagram (link here: https://instagram.com/northumberlandfolk?igshid=12wh4w2w2b6cb ) where you can see him in the process of making his new artwork and sharing some of the wonderful Northumberland stories he has discovered...

Give him a follow for a preview of what we hope will be coming to the museums soon!

In line with the current Government guidelines all Museums Northumberland venues and grounds remain closed to the public...
24/03/2020

In line with the current Government guidelines all Museums Northumberland venues and grounds remain closed to the public until further notice.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your family during these difficult times.

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/covid-19/

Happy International Women's Day! Who is your favourite female artist?
08/03/2020

Happy International Women's Day! Who is your favourite female artist?

Today is International Women’s Day.
There were no women members of The Ashington Group (also known as the Pitmen Painters), but that doesn’t mean women mining artists didn’t exist.

Marjorie Arnfield (born 1930, died 2001) was a Newcastle born artist who painted industrial landscapes of the North East and Nottinghamshire.
She used colour to depict emotion.

Arnfield felt drawn towards recording the coal industry, whether depicting community life or its industrial landscape.
This led to British Coal sponsoring her exhibition 'Tribute to Coal Mining in Nottinghamshire' in 1994. Her work is collected by museums across the country.

Her painting of Woodhorn Colliery is currently on display at Woodhorn Museum in Sharing Northumberland Stories… till 19th April 2020.

The Greatest Show Un-Earthed!Monday 6th April - 12.30pm and 3pm.Science meets circus at Hexham Old Gaol.Flint the Rock S...
05/03/2020

The Greatest Show Un-Earthed!

Monday 6th April - 12.30pm and 3pm.

Science meets circus at Hexham Old Gaol.
Flint the Rock Showman and Flossie the archivist will take you on a theatrical journey that explores 4.5 billion years of Earth’s geological past to find out what it can tell us about our future.

Flint and Flossie will bring their Cabinet of Curiosities to discover how Earth has changed over time and what is to be found under our feet with an amazing display of rocks, minerals and fossils.

Monday 6th April 2020 – Hexham Old Gaol, 12.30pm and 3pm shows followed by Q&A. Places are limited, to book a space please email [email protected].

This event is free as part of your Museums Northumberland annual membership.

We are now looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our Visitor Services team here at Hexham Old Gaol as Customer Ho...
06/02/2020

We are now looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our Visitor Services team here at Hexham Old Gaol as Customer Hosts during our busy Summer Season (April – October).

Customer Hosts are the public face of Museums Northumberland, providing every visitor with a friendly and warm welcome. As part of a diverse and enthusiastic team, our Customer Hosts are very approachable and have the ability to communicate well with all kinds of people, working effectively, calmly and professionally, even under pressure.

We have a number of part-time hours available on a casual contract basis Wednesday to Sunday. Please state in your application what days/hours you are available to work.

To find out more about the role and how to apply for it, follow the link below.
https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/about-us/jobs-opportunities/

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a museum?Our “Conservation in Action” days are designed to show...
06/02/2020
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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a museum?

Our “Conservation in Action” days are designed to show visitors why our objects are so important and demonstrate how we care for them.

You could even learn how to clean and conserve your own heirlooms at home!

Visit Woodhorn Museum on Wednesday the 12th February to meet the collections team and volunteers who will be cleaning objects featuring in a new exhibition. The gallery doors will also be open with a chance for you to have a sneak preview of us installing works of art before we open.

Sharing Northumberland Stories

15th February- 19th April 2020

This exhibition is co-curated with volunteers, showcases objects and artworks from across Museums Northumberland’s collections, each with a previously untold story to tell.

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/…/sharing-northumberl…/

Today is Young Carers Awareness Day.Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in thei...
30/01/2020

Today is Young Carers Awareness Day.

Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.

We want to send out our thanks to all young carers and the amazing job that they do.

As a trust we offer free admission for carers to all of our sites when visiting with the individual being cared for.

For information about the support available for carers follow this link
https://carers.org/

#YoungCarersAwarenessDay

There is still time to send us your Northumberland stories
23/01/2020

There is still time to send us your Northumberland stories

Keep the #northumberlandfolk stories coming, good people...I’ll even post you a wee booklet with a special story card if you can’t find one... all for @museumsnorthumberland exhibitions in May this year...

On Saturday 18th of January it will be National Iyengar Yoga Day.The amazing Aimi Dunstan Yoga will be holding a free cl...
13/01/2020
National Iyengar Yoga Day UK & Ireland - Iyengar Yoga UK

On Saturday 18th of January it will be National Iyengar Yoga Day.

The amazing Aimi Dunstan Yoga will be holding a free class between 1.30 - 2.30pm in the Moot Hall. If you're interested get in touch with her on 07948337164.

This is a great opportunity to start yoga or even get into an extra class!

For more information about National Iyengar Yoga day follow the link below
https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/conventions-events/national-iyengar-yoga-day/

            National Iyengar Yoga Day in the UK and Ireland will be on Saturday 18 January 2020. Don’t miss this fantastic chance to discover Iyengar yoga in your area! Certified Iyengar yoga teachers will be organising free taster classes, demonstrations, film screenings, yogathons and soc...

12 Days of Christmas at Museums Northumberland.For the Tenth Day of Christmas we have a selection of Chater’s Comic Tyne...
23/12/2019
Tenth Day of Christmas - Museums Northumberland

12 Days of Christmas at Museums Northumberland.

For the Tenth Day of Christmas we have a selection of Chater’s Comic Tyneside Almanack.

Chater books were massed-produced annual publications; approximately 20,000 copies were printed each year between the 1860s and 1880s in Newcastle and Northumberland.

Follow the link below to find out more:
https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/tenth-day-of-christmas/

Lying in hospital for first class wit, hits, skits, defunct puns, and select tit-bits. Written in NORTHUMBERLAND DIALECT by clever chaps and all other belonging Newcastle, Gateshead or somewhere else. It is full of droll, queer gam and enough to share to make everybody fit with laughing until they b...

Are you stuck thinking of a unique Christmas present for a friend or family member? We have over 150 exclusive paintings...
18/12/2019

Are you stuck thinking of a unique Christmas present for a friend or family member? We have over 150 exclusive paintings from our collections at both Berwick Museum and Art Gallery and Woodhorn Museum available as prints straight to your door (or straight to the recipient). Each print is high quality, full colour giclee art print and exclusive to Museums Northumberland

Prints are available all year round but today is the last day for delivery in time for Christmas (18th December)

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/shop/product-category/print-to-order/

If you are stuck for a present why not consider our print to order service. We have about 150 paintings available to cho...
13/12/2019

If you are stuck for a present why not consider our print to order service. We have about 150 paintings available to choose from.

Taken from our fantastic Museums Northumberland collections at Woodhorn Museum and Berwick Museum and Art Gallery there is something for everyone from Pitmen Painters to Glasgow boys, Northumbrian Castles to Fishing on the Tweed.

There is still time to order up until the 18th of December and receive in time for Christmas
https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/shop/product-category/print-to-order/

#printotorder #burrell #berwickmuseumandartgallery #woodhornmuseum #pitmenpainters #ashingtongroup #print #art #artwork #berwick #ashington #northumberland #fishing #tweed #river #chickens #glasgowboys #castle #coast #hills #collection #lapwing #peeweet #birds

Jobs and Opportunities.We are now looking to fill six vacancies for upcoming projects at Museums Northumberland.  If you...
11/12/2019
Jobs and Opportunities - Museums Northumberland

Jobs and Opportunities.

We are now looking to fill six vacancies for upcoming projects at Museums Northumberland.

If you are interested in the opportunity to join our team and work on exciting projects in Northumberland follow the link below.

Closing date for applications is 6th January 2020.

https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/about-us/jobs-opportunities/

Through Creative People and Places (CPP) more people are choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant arts experiences in the places where they live. Initiated and funded by Arts Council England there are 30 independent CPP projects in England.

It's official. Hexham is the Happiest Place to Live in Britain!#LoveHexham
04/12/2019
Why Hexham is the happiest place in Britain

It's official. Hexham is the Happiest Place to Live in Britain!

#LoveHexham

The Northumberland market town has been crowned the happiest place to live in Great Britain, topping Rightmove’s 2019 Happy at Home Index

We will be open Saturday 14th of December for Hexham's Christmas Market.Come in and give us a visit while you take a bre...
01/12/2019

We will be open Saturday 14th of December for Hexham's Christmas Market.

Come in and give us a visit while you take a break from perusing the stalls.

See what life was like for prisoners in the oldest purpose built Gaol in England on our Spotlight on Hexham Old Gaol tour at 2pm.

You can also have a go at making a 'First Footing Favour'. Create your own seasonal decoration with a New Year's wish inside. From 11am till 12.30pm.

If you'd like to find out more about 'First Footing', follow this link:
https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/whats-on/first-footing/

Hexham Old Gaol & Moot Hall's cover photo
06/11/2019

Hexham Old Gaol & Moot Hall's cover photo

Are you looking for an exhibition space?From the end of January 2020 our Moot Hall Gallery will become available as a sp...
04/11/2019

Are you looking for an exhibition space?

From the end of January 2020 our Moot Hall Gallery will become available as a space for groups and individuals to exhibit their work, hold group sessions or classes.
If you are interested for a list of hire prices please get in touch via email at [email protected]

We would like to say thank you very much for visiting and getting involved with all the fun half term activities we have...
03/11/2019

We would like to say thank you very much for visiting and getting involved with all the fun half term activities we have had on this week.

We are now entering our Winter season and as such we will be closed until the beginning of April. Do not worry though as we will be open for the Hexham Christmas Market on the 14th of December.

We look forward to seeing you then and when we come back in April. Until then check our website to find out more about What's On for Museums Northumberland this winter on: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/whats-on/

And watch this space for more fun and interesting objects, events and opportunities we will be posting over the winter months!

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Hallgate
Hexham
NE46 1XD

The Old Gaol is 0.5 mile from Hexham train station and less than 0.5 mile from Hexham bus station.

Opening Hours

Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(01670) 624523

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ADAM SCOTT – KING OF THIEVES Adam Scott was such a notorious leader of sheep and cattle raiders that he earned the nicknames ‘King of Thieves’ and ‘King of the Border.’ Scott was born sometime in the late Fifteenth century, a son of David Scott in the forest of Ettrick, who had gained possession of the lands at Tushielaw sometime between 1480 and 90. Adam was granted a charter by King James IV to the forest stead and lands of Tushielaw ‘with the right to build a tower and fortalice’ in 1507 for a yearly payment of £24. His brother, William, was also a reiver who in 1502 was riding and committing ‘stouthreifs, slaughters, burnings and other crimes,’ with Archibald and Ninian Armstrong. Adam specialised in taking ‘blackmeal’ – protection money – and it appears he was still demanding money with menaces even while imprisoned in Edinburgh in May 1530 along with fellow villain William Cockburn, the Laird of Henderland. He also stood accused of murder, theft, receiving stolen goods and ‘maintaining thieves’ i.e. being the head of a crew. Forget the romantic view of Scott being hung from a tree in his backyard that was popularised by Border Balladeers; it seems that he was actually lifted, tried and executed in the capital city. The then 19-year-old King James V of Scotland consolidated his power in 1529/30 with a clampdown on the Border families that also saw the Earl of Bothwell banished and the Lords Maxwell and Hume and Lairds of Buccleuch, Cessford, Ferniehurst, Polwart and Johnstone, among others, imprisoned. This was probably in response to the fact that the Border warlord Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus – his stepfather – had held the teenager virtually prisoner and exercised power for him for three years until 1528. Buccleuch (Walter Scott of Branxholm and Buccleuch) had actually tried to free the young King in 1526 during what became the Battle of Melrose. Adam Scott had been previously jailed in Edinburgh castle in 1505 but had broken out and, perhaps most tellingly, in 1525, he agreed to assist the Earl of Angus in ‘staunching theft, reiving, slaughter, etc.’ Most likely this would involve them actually controlling the reiving activities and it was this connection with Douglas that made the young King probably see Adam as such a threat that he had to go. Adam Scott and William Cockburn were publicly hung, then beheaded and their heads fixed on spikes at the Tolbooth in Edinburgh. Soon after, the King descended on Ewesdale and Eskdale with estimates of up to 12,000 men and hanged another 48 well-known reivers – including the infamous Johnny Armstrong of Gilnockie, whose tower at Hollows just north of Canonbie has been lovingly restored recently and is now open to the public. * Northumbrian poet Jon Tait’s new book ‘King of Thieves’ celebrates Adam Scott and a many other reiver characters and is published by the Carlisle-based Fyrebrand. It is available now at Amazon, priced at £7.46.
hi these are the figures i am sending to you for display or sale cheers steve