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New Membership Scheme

January 15th 2018

Woodhorn Charitable Trust, which incorporates Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum and Hexham Old Gaol, is launching a new Membership Scheme and Charging Policy from 10th February 2018. 

The new scheme will remove charges across all of its museums for those aged 16 and under, and for each site will introduce a new 12 month unlimited use, multi-purchase pass for adult visitors. For the first time the Trust will also be offering a multi-venue membership which will encourage Northumberland residents and tourists to explore the county and utilise all of the museums that the Trust manages. Normal parking charges at Woodhorn Museum will be removed and there will no longer be any admission charge payable for exhibitions at the former colliery site.

The prices have been set at a level which ensures that for the large proportion of visitors who make repeat visits across the year, they will not pay any more than they did previously, while the new charges will allow tourists who visit just once to make a greater contribution to the Trust’s work. The Trust has also committed to a free, annual, local community open day for each venue. At Woodhorn, the annual Northumberland Miners’ Picnic and Invasion Day will continue with free admission, but a parking charge will be payable, as in previous years.  

Rowan Brown, Woodhorn Charitable Trust’s Chief Executive explained, “We are excited to introduce the new membership scheme and charging policy because it provides better value and simpler, more consistent pricing for our visitors as well as making it more attractive and affordable for visitors to use all of the services regularly throughout the year.  By encouraging unlimited free return visits and promoting the breadth of the Trust’s offer across the county through the new Trust Pass, residents can more easily explore all corners of our county and the four museums within the Trust’s care.”

Visitor feedback, analysis of visitor behaviour and a desire to support young people’s access to heritage and culture is a key reason for the change. “As signatories on the North East Cultural Partnership’s Children & Young Peoples’ Pledge, we want more young people to be able to access the fantastic, Northumberland focussed, museums, art and exhibitions the Trust provides.  The new membership scheme and removal of children’s charges is designed to support the community’s young people doing just that.” said Ms Brown. 

From Saturday 10th February 2018 when the scheme is introduced, the charges will be as follows:

The adult annual membership at Woodhorn Museum will be £7 (£6.50 for multiple adult tickets purchased at the same time). Concessionary tickets will be £6 and 0 – 16 years free. 

At Hexham Old Gaol the adult annual membership will be £5 (£4.50 for multiple adult tickets purchased at the same time). Concessions will be £4 and 0 – 16 years free.

Admission to Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum will remain free to everyone.

At Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, located within the English Heritage Barracks site, annual membership will be £5 (£4.50 for multiple adult tickets purchased at the same time). Concessions will be £4 and 0 – 16 years free. 

A Woodhorn Charitable Trust All Sites Annual Pass will cost £16.

Current memberships and admission arrangements for any of the Trust’s museums will continue to be valid.    

Full details on how to visit all of the Woodhorn Charitable Trust sites visit: