Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

A view along the main entrance path at Woodhorn with the old colliery buildings in the background
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Woodhorn is a vibrant, exciting place to visit all year round with a great programme of activities and exhibitions for the whole family.

Inspired by monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground, the stunning Cutter building and original listed colliery structures house fascinating, hands-on exhibitions and displays. Take an emotional journey through Coal Town and discover a proud mining community; explore the colliery buildings and imagine what it would have been like to work underground; hum along to the brass band at the Miners’ Picnic, see the colourful banners and even design your own. Marvel at the original paintings of the Ashington Group – miners from the 1930s whose story has inspired remarkable play, Pitmen Painters, by Billy Elliot writer, Lee Hall.

Woodhorn is home to Northumberland’s public archive too.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Archive

Opening hours

Open: Wednesday through to Sunday (+ Mon & Tues in Northumberland School Hols)
October until March, 10am - 4pm
April until September 10 am until 5pm
(Archives Open 10am - 4pm Wed-Sat.)

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives will be closed for the entire week beginning Wednesday 1st March and re open the following Wednesday 8th March.

This will allow us to process a large, recently purchased collection. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Full details of opening times on www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Admission charges

Free admission
All day parking £3.50

Getting there

Just off A189 Spine Road and C1 National/Coast and Castles Cycle Route east of Ashington.
Nearest public transport Ashington Bus Station - 15 minute walk

Additional info

Access: Most of the buildings at Woodhorn are accessible but as you might expect with the old listed colliery buildings, access to some is restricted. See our main website for a full access statement. Visitors are welcome to borrow one of three wheelchairs or a motorised scooter during their visit, and staff are happy to discuss any special requirements in advance of a visit.

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.

The Pitmen Painters were a group of mostly miners from Northumberland who founded the Ashington Art Group in the 1930s and who took as their subject everyday life in their mining community. Woodhorn museum holds the main Ashington Group collection of their work.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Pitmen Painters - Northumberland miners who founded the Ashington Art Group
  • Mining history
  • Oliver Kilbourn
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A leaflet with information about the Brick Dino Exhibition at Woodhorn

Brick Dinos

  • 4 February — 4 June 2017 *on now

Step back in time with Brick Dinos!Enter the Jurassic period like never before and meet the dinosaurs face to face, each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks.

Working in collaboration with a palaeontologist, artist Warren Elsmore and his team have painstakingly recreated some of the largest beasts to ever walk this earth in miniature LEGO® form!Come face to face with dinosaurs from the air, sea and land and even compare yourself to those that roamed the Earth millions of years ago.

Discover if your whole family would fit into the footprint of a single dinosaur.Then why not try building your own dinosaur from LEGO® bricks to add to our Jurassic landscape.

Dino Trail- Pick up a self-led trail sheet and explore the buildings at Woodhorn to discover more fascinating facts about dinosaurs. Trail free as part of Brick Dinos exhibition.

Normal parking charge applies. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm (5pm from April) plus Mondays and Tuesday during Northumberland school holiday days.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £4.50*
Concession £4.00*
Child (5 - 16) £3.50*
Child under 5 Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) £15.50*
Family (1 adult & up to 3 children) £11.50*

*Includes small gift aid donation

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Jeremy Deller in white writing on a black background

Jeremy Deller, The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One is an Injury to All), 2001

  • 18 March — 9 June 2017 *on now

Woodhorn Museum presents Jeremy Deller, The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One is an Injury to All), 2001.

Woodhorn Museum's colliery site provides a poignant environment to experience Jeremy Deller's artwork about the Battle of Orgreave, a violent confrontation between striking miners and police which took place during the 1984/5 Miners' Strike.

Artist Jeremy Deller compares the Miners' Strike to the Civil War: "It would not be an exaggeration to say that the strike, like a civil war, had a traumatically divisive effect at all levels of life in the UK."

Jeremy Deller's artwork The Battle of Orgreave, was a spectacular recreation of that day, orchestrated for Deller by a historical re-enactment expert. Nearly 1000 people took part in the event, including former miners and former policemen.

The exhibition includes a timeline of the miners' strike alongside objects, images and audio recordings from the artist's archive research material and a documentary film of the re-enactment, directed by Mike Figgis.

The Battle of Orgreave is part of The Artangel Collection, an initiative to bring outstanding film and video works, commissioned and produced by Artangel, to galleries and museums across the UK. The Artangel Collection has been developed in partnership with Tate, is generously supported by the Esmée Fairnbairn Foundation and The Foyle Foundation and uses public funding from Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A child colouring in a picture

Proud to Protest

  • 1 — 2 April 2017 11am-3:30pm

Make your own protest badge inspired by The Battle of Orgreave exhibition. Wear your badge with pride.

All donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Child colouring in a picture

Proud to Protest

  • 8 — 23 April 2017

Make your own protest badge inspired by The Battle of Orgreave exhibition. Wear your badge with pride.

All donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age
Easter bunny waving at camera

Easter Bunny

  • 14 — 17 April 2017

The Easter Bunny will be visiting Woodhorn over the Easter weekend! Find him on site and receive a small treat!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

A group of motorbikers

Easter Egg Run

  • 15 April 2017 From 11am

This year's Easter Run departs from Woodhorn in spectacular style between 11am and 11.30am on Easter Saturday.

Hundreds of bikers take part in the Easter Run which sees donated Easter Eggs being collected and delivered to children's homes and hospital wards throughout the region.

PLEASE NOTE: Museum and Archive visitors arriving by car will be queued from the car parking field as the bikes leave the site to ensure the bikes leave as swiftly and safely as possible. This means that visitors may experience a 15-20 minute wait to enter the site at this time. It's quite a fun wait though as you can watch bikes of all shapes and sizes ride past!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Child colouring in a picture

Proud to Protest

  • 29 April — 1 May 2017

Make your own protest badge inspired by The Battle of Orgreave exhibition. Wear your badge with pride.

All donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Child colouring in a picture

Proud to Protest

  • 6 — 7 May 2017 11am-3:30pm

Make your own protest badge inspired by The Battle of Orgreave exhibition. Wear your badge with pride.

All donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Child colouring in a picture

Proud to Protest

  • 13 — 14 May 2017 11am-3:30pm

Make your own protest badge inspired by The Battle of Orgreave exhibition. Wear your badge with pride.

All donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Child colouring in a picture

Proud to Protest

  • 20 — 21 May 2017 11am-3:30pm

Make your own protest badge inspired by The Battle of Orgreave exhibition. Wear your badge with pride.

All donation welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Children looking at Woodhorn Museum

Northumberland Day at Woodhorn

  • 28 May 2017 10am-4pm

Celebrate our fabulous county and history with a visit to Woodhorn!

Discover the coalmining heritage and learn about the stuff that made Ashington the largest pit village in the world.

Don't forget Woodhorn is home to the world famous Pitmen Painters. Discover an amazing exhibition with over 80 paintings recording life in and around Ashington from 1934 - 1984.

For more information please visit our website www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Getting there

Just off A189 Spine Road and C1 National/Coast and Castles Cycle Route east of Ashington.
Nearest public transport Ashington Bus Station - 15 minute walk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives
QE II Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF
England

Website

www.experiencewoodhorn.com

E-mail

generalenquiries@woodhorn.org.uk

Telephone

01670 624455

Fax

01670 626121

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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