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
15/08/2017

Morning out with the kids


David J,
This was our second visit to Woodhorn this year - we got there quite early but couldn't believe how quiet it was. We felt like we were the only people there. The site and buildings are easily accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs with it being mainly flat. The kids play area is decent and opposite the cafe meaning it's easy to keep an eye when you're having a minute with a drink and a scone (huge). You can feel the history around you - it's great that places like this exist so the little ones understand what life used to be like.
tripadvisor
15/08/2017

Great use of old colliery site


Ann C, Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
On a first visit to this area of Northumbria, we were taken by our friends to this great site which is of historical and cultural interest. Imaginative use of the old buildings and the open ground between means that there is something for all ages . The permanent exhibition of the lives of miners and their families is well put together, highlighting not only the relentless drudgery of a mineworkers life, but also the social development of the community where mines such as Woodhorn are based. There is also a gallery where the artworks of the pitmen painters are on display and these also reflect the working and social conditions of the times as well as offering an insight into the talent that lay within the group. For several, it provided an opportunity to enjoy a healthier working environment as their paintings were bought by an eager public, though for others the opportunity came too late as their health was already compromised by the work they had done below ground. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable young man, Sam, took us on a guided tour of the Winding Room which was worth taking a look at and we found him again later on helping with one of the holiday craft classes for children so his talents are also wide-ranging. There are playground activities too for children and a very pleasant cafe where you can enjoy a simple tea or coffee or a more substantial meal if you prefer. I can thoroughly recommend this as a place to visit.
tripadvisor
13/08/2017

Glorious Historic treat


annebQ4668LY, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We return time again to this hidden gem, whether it be for a visiting exhibit or the resident museum we have never been disappointed. This place is ideal for all the family- from the youngest to grandparents reliving a by-gone era. It is so improtant that the heritage of the area is accessible to all in this way.
tripadvisor
11/08/2017

An interesting place


Wildlifefan60, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Having worked in the mining industry i found this to be a fairly interesting place to visit, a couple of interesting exhibits etc, if you have an interest in this kind of stuff, it is worth a visit.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Thanks for the review. Hope you also found your way up to the art gallery with work by the famous Ashington Group (Pitmen Painters). This attracts art fans from around the world - so it's not all about mining. See you again sometime.
tripadvisor
17/07/2017

Good day out


saundershol, Glasgow, United Kingdom
This is a good day out of you are in the area. Lots of activities for kids and lots planned for the summer holidays. We will be visiting again if we are close by.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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