Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

+44 01670 624455

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Overview

Discover Northumberland's history and proud mining heritage just off the coastal route in South East Northumberland.

Woodhorn's original colliery structures and stunning modern building inspired by the monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground feature entertaining and interactive displays to paint a picture of life in this former mining community.

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.

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 too covering everything from fashion and tattoos to photography and mining art. Woodhorn was proud to host Poppies: Weeping Window from the London display in autumn 2015.

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.

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 (Coaches free).

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


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Group Information for Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives

Admission to Woodhorn is free, but to make the most of it and see parts that are off limits to the public, book a guided tour (Advance notice required). 

Great Woodhorn Tour: Learn more about the stories and history behind the exhibitions including the Ashington Group and displays in the Cutter building with your guide. Go behind the scenes in the archives too and into one of the huge storage pods to see how we store some of the artefacts not currently on display.- £2.95pp (min number 9)

The Dark Side: Find out about the dark side of Woodhorn and the human cost of coal. Enter some of the colliery buildings usually off limits to the public and see the amazing machines and equipment needed to keep the colliery running and safe. Duration: approx 1 hour 15 minutes. No wheelchair access. - £3.95pp (min number 7)

The Archive TourTake an in-depth look behind the scenes of the archives. Find out what happens to new objects and how we look after the millions of documents in store. Duration: approx 1 hour. Fully accessible. - Cost: £3.95pp

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