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
09/07/2017

Well worth a visit


RomanbyRamblers, Northallerton, United Kingdom
We saw an advert for the Pitman Painters exhibition at Woodburn and as we were in the area decided to visit. What a good decision. The exhibition of about 55 paintings was excellent. But that was not all. We didn't realise there is an excellent mining museum with buildings and an interactive trail, a wildlife park and the County Archives. Also a good restaurant. The whole experience was free except for the £3.50 car park fee - excellent value and we'll be back!
tripadvisor
04/07/2017

Very interesting museum


dsweddle, Durham, United Kingdom
Really interesting museum if you are interested in our mining or engineering heritage. As well as the old mine buildings and equipment there is a lot of information about coal mining history. Also there is a superb exhibition of the Pitmen Painters work. Well worth seeing. The only downside is that many of the exhibits lack information and some could do with some refurbishing. There is a nice cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a play area for children.
tripadvisor
02/07/2017

Brilliant museum, great price, just a little shorter than expected


SummerJobber,
It is a great place to visit and with free entry represents fantastic value. As you would expect, they hope to gain revenue through the gift shop and cafe, but it is still reasonably priced. Sadly, I would like to have taken longer in the museum, it could probably do with a few more exhibits. As there is a lot of space outside, it would be particularly nice to see a physical, mining based playground for kids (the one already there is quite small) and some mechanical exhibits denonstrating what the machinery did. However at the price I cannot complain, and the small railway and country park add value and make it a great day out.
tripadvisor
01/07/2017

A Bit Sad


blackdamp, Durham
Went there as part of a group and we were taken into the archives which were very interesting as was the exhibit on Orgreave. What I really wanted to see was the mining machinery - what a disappointment! The horizontal engines, the revolutionary ventilation fan, the 'large parts store' were just a collection of festering wrecks, abandoned and quietly rotting away.The only thing working was the winding engine. What a terrible way to acknowledge our rich mining history. Very, very sad. The cafe isn't brilliant either.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for visiting Woodhorn and taking time to post a review. I'm sorry that your visit didn't live up to expectations. Woodhorn is operated by a charitable trust and we are constantly looking for ways to fund and develop our museum. Most recently we were able to provide a fully accessible experience to the lower level of the winding house together with animations, archive footage and personal account. We also opened up a new industrial themed play area for our younger visitors. We will continue to strive to make our museum better for everyone.
tripadvisor
23/06/2017

Good indoor exhibition


Mike J, Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
We visited on a wet June day with the rain pouring down so we did not get to see much outside but the indoor exhibition was very interesting and told a great deal about the life of miners and their families. Without doubt if you view all of the exhibition you will have a very one sided view of the miners strike, its outcome and consequences which is only right and proper this is mining museum after all and well worth a visit.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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