Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

+44 01670 624455

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Discover Northumberland's history and proud mining heritage at Woodhorn - a museum and home to Northumberland Archives, near Ashington.

Woodhorn is based in original colliery buildings with a stunning new building, inspired by the monster coal cutting machines that were once used deep underground. Its entertaining and interactive displays paint a picture of life in this former mining community.

You can take an emotional journey through Coal Town and learn about the life and loves, tears and tragedies of a proud mining community.

You can also explore the colliery buildings, hum along to a brass band, see the colourful miners' banner and even design your own banner. There's a regular programme of touring exhibitions covering everything from fashion and tattoos to photography and mining art. 

Woodhorn is home to The Ashington Group Collection - a unique collection of paintings by the artists more affectionately known as the Pitmen Painters whose story has been celebrated in the award winning play of the same name by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall.

If you want more history you can visit the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn which house everything from old maps and photographs to church records. With 800 years of history, it's just the thing if you're researching that family tree.

Touch screens will show you how to get started if you want to delve into the past and Woodhorn's study centre welcomes visitors all year round - just bring some id with you.

The separate Workshop Galleries offers visitors some great, large scale exhibitions too.

Visitors can explore the grade 2 listed colliery buildings, enjoy lunch in the cafe or wander around the country park in which it is all located. Free admission. (Occasionally some big exhibitions have charges.) Parking charge applies.

Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn, but family pets are not allowed in the fenced museum area. It would be best to leave your dog at home if possible as Woodhorn's car park does not offer any shade.

Woodhorn is open Wednesday - Sunday all year round from 10am - 4pm (April - September close at 5pm). Also open Monday & Tuesday during Northumberland school holidays. The archive is open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm all year. 

Full details of opening times on www.experiencewoodhorn.com

 

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tripadvisor
21/11/2017

Friday Visit


Andrew B,
We called here on a Friday morning with no real idea of what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised the museum is located in a former coal mine and a number of the original buildings still exist and some of the original machinery is still in place. The museum itself is located in a modern building and shows the social history of the coal mining communities and the hard lives that they had to endure. It also had an exibition of paintings painted by a group of miners called the pitmen painters. The cost of admitance is £3.50 and includes parking well worth a visit.
tripadvisor
14/11/2017

Wonderful Woodhorn


Steve S, Elgin, United Kingdom
Fantastic attraction giving a marvellous insight to our coal mining industry through the decades. Well worth a visit.
tripadvisor
11/11/2017

Wonderful


mtweld, newcastle upon tyne
Great place for all ages. Always lots of new exhibitions to keep us coming back. Good fun taking the small railway journey down to the lake. Easy to spend a whole day there and next to the lake is a great place for a picnic
tripadvisor
06/11/2017

Fantastic museum


cathsilver, Fortrose, United Kingdom
Had a great day out here. The museum is free to enter, you pay to park your car but the money goes towards the museum which you don't mind paying! There are displays in outbuildings as well as a museum indoors. This is an old colliery and it was very interesting to read about mining in the area. They are currently having a trial period of allowing dogs into the grounds which was great for us! There are picnic tables, a wee play area and indoors there is a cafe and shop. I would recommend a visit here!
tripadvisor
28/10/2017

Memories of the past


BillNorthumberland, Morpeth, United Kingdom
I served my time at Pegswood and Ashington Collieries and worked underground until I left in 1974. Visiting this museum with my Grandchildren gives me the opportunity to show them what we did for a living in those days and it brings back memories both good and bad. We did the Pumpkin Hunt but missed two but still got a prize. During our visit I did the Winding House Tour and it was good to see that all of the surface winding gear has been preserved and that it still works. One thing that is missing is an organogram of the mine’s organisation from the Manager all the way down through the various trades and skills; this should show Overmen, Deputies, Shotfirers, Canchmen, Faceworkers, Fitters, Engineers, the list goes on. I’m not sure but there is a lot of knowledge that retired miners have and this would benefit the Museum but is there any way this could be recorded. Even for us to visit and mentor the younger members of staff so they can impart this knowledge before it disappears forever. On the whole this is a good museum and well worth a visit.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for taking time after your visit to share your experiences. We're delighted to hear that you and the family enjoyed the visit. There are always more things we can do and ways we can share the fascinating industrial heritage, and we're always looking to see how this might be possible, so many thanks for your suggestions. We do have a number of former miners who do help us out on occasions, particularly with our education work. If you would like to get involved, please drop us an email with some contact details and one of the team will get back to you. If you could send it to education@woodhorn.org.uk that would be fabulous. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks again.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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