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A History of the North in 100 Objects

July 18th 2018
A History of the North in 100 Objects is a website-based project intended to showcase the pioneering spirit and impact of the North of England’s inventors, artists, scientists and designers as p...

Summer 2018 Pitmen Painters: Resurfacing

April 26th 2018
Pitmen Painters: ResurfacingDiscover, explore and celebrate the story and work of the Pitmen Painters, the Ashington Group of artists whose story is rooted in Northumberland’s industrial, cultur...

The Bedlington Terrier

April 25th 2018
The Bedlington Terrier painting revealed in all its glory for North East exhibition.Woodhorn Museum’s summer activities will be putting the famous Ashington Group of Artists at the very heart of...
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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 P...
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National Lottery Thank You

November 23rd 2017
December fun thanks to The National Lottery! From 13th to 15th December 2017, we are offering free parking to National Lottery players. Woodhorn Museum will be offering free parking to National Lotter...
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Open Ocean Judges

November 22nd 2017
Judges Announced for Open Exhibition Organisers of Woodhorn Museum’s first open art exhibition are thrilled to announce that Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries for Tyne and Wear Mu...
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New Trust Chief Executive

March 8th 2017
Woodhorn Charitable Trust which operates Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Hexham Old Gaol and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery as well as Woodhorn Museum, has a new Chief Executive.  Rowan Brown w...
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Millionth visitor expected

January 31st 2017
Are you the one in a million?Woodhorn Museum prepares to welcome its millionth visitor If you are planning a visit to Woodhorn museum in the next few weeks, then you could find yourself the centr...
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Paintings Sought for Exhibition

January 24th 2017
Do you have a painting by one of the Ashington Group? This could be your chance to show off your Pitmen Painters’ work of art.  Over the years, countless people have enjoyed seeing painting...

New Chief Executive Announced

November 30th 2016
Woodhorn Charitable Trust has announced the appointment of Rowan Brown as the Trust’s next Chief Executive.  She is currently Chief Executive of the Alfred Gillett Trust and was previously ...

Frost of forgetfulness

November 8th 2016
Winter Quest: The Frost of Forgetfulness is part of Winter at Woodhorn, a magical experience for the whole family. This December, families are invited to set out on a brand new wintry quest at Woodhor...
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Winter at Woodhorn

October 25th 2016
Enjoy a magical experience for the whole family from 26th November - 23rd December 2016For a fabulous festive family day out in the run up to Christmas, Woodhorn Museum has a sleigh-load of goodies an...
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October 20th 2016
The thoughts, recollections and friendship of a group of older people from South East Northumberland are at the core of a new exhibition now on display at Woodhorn Museum. The exhibition, TURNS p...
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Sanatorium Stories Inspire Radio Play

September 26th 2016
The former Stannington Sanatorium in Northumberland is soon to be featured in a play on BBC Radio 4 by Newcastle University’s senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Margaret Wilkinson. She has been...


August 19th 2016
The story of Woodhorn's famous Pitmen Painters is to reach new audiences through an exciting new piece of contemporary dance. Eliot Smith Company Double Bill 2016 showcases two new works in celebr...
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Trust Wins Funds to Strengthen Customer Relationships

August 4th 2016
It was announced this week that Woodhorn Charitable Trust (Museums & Archives Northumberland) has been successful in securing a significant grant from Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund.&...

Play area launched

August 1st 2016
An exciting new play area for younger visitors has been unveiled at Woodhorn Museum just in time for the start of the school holidays and the influx of summer visitors.The play facilities which have b...
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Woodhorn Disaster Commemorations

July 25th 2016
Remembering Woodhorn’s DisasterEarly on the morning of Sunday 13th August 1916, Woodhorn Colliery was rocked by a devastating underground explosion and the community left grief-stricken by the t...

Berwick Record Office on the Move

July 1st 2016
Berwick Record Office will be operating from a new location from 6th July, but regular users won’t have far to go as the new facilities will be in the Walkergate Building – just a few metr...

New Play Area Coming Soon

July 1st 2016
Woodhorn Charitable Trust is celebrating the news that it has received a £49,918.00 funding boost from SITA Trust for the creation of an outdoor children’s play area at Woodhorn Museum in ...
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Reflection Connection

June 3rd 2016
A collection of 300 players from four brass bands across South East Northumberland will perform together for the first time at the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic at Woodhorn on Saturday 11 June, ...
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Woodhorn Disaster Descendants Sought

February 22nd 2016
At about 6.45am on the morning of Sunday 13th August 1916, an explosion of the highly dangerous mine gas, firedamp, claimed the lives of 13 men, including 8 deputies, as they worked to drive a small t...

Newcastle's Great Flood

January 29th 2016
A group of keen volunteers is to visit Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn on Wednesday 20th January, to decide on their next challenge. They will be bringing with them a 500-page volume of papers abo...
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Winding House No 2 Launch

January 25th 2016
Visitors to Woodhorn will enjoy a brand new museum feature as the doors open on an exciting interpretation experience in the historic Winding House No 2 from the end of January 2016.Thanks to funding ...
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Award Winning Volunteers

December 15th 2015
People who volunteer in museums across the North East have been recognised for their contributions at an awards ceremony at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum. Those receiving accolades included Jack ...
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Winter at Woodhorn

November 16th 2015
Staff at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington are getting ready to transform the historical site for a winter with a difference from Saturday 28 November – Wednesday 23 December.Following the phenomenal...
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Stunning Response to Poppies

November 2nd 2015
As the poppies from the iconic sculpture are carefully dismantled and packed away for transportation to Liverpool, the next venue on the national tour, Woodhorn’s director Keith Merrin talked ab...

WWI symposium

October 14th 2015
Join us on Saturday 17th October 10am - 1pm for a fascinating look at Northumberland at War.  To celebrate the end of our highly successful HLF funded project Northumberland At War, Northumberlan...
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September 10th 2015
Poppies: Weeping Window at WoodhornBy Paul Cummins, artist, and Tom Piper, designer Saturday 12th September - Sunday 1st November (10am - 5pm every day) Woodhorn Museum is pleased and honoured to...
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Stannington Sanatorium Recalled

July 24th 2015
Horrors of the Past Revealed by ArchivesFor the past two years a team at Northumberland Archives has been investigating a fascinating collection of records from the country’s very first children...

The Share

June 22nd 2015
A new exhibition celebrating the people, history and heritage of Guide Post Social Club opens at Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives this month. The Share tells the story of the culture and ...
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Comedy Project Highly Commended at Woodhorn

May 11th 2015
An innovative project at Woodhorn Museum connecting people to their history and heritage through a comedian in residence has received national recognition at a glittering award ceremony.Stand Up for W...

Northumbrian Food Offering at Woodhorn

April 27th 2015
Visitors to Woodhorn won’t just be enjoying Northumberland’s history when they visit the museum this year, they’ll be able to enjoy a taste of the fantastic food and drink this magni...

Retronaut Goes Viral

March 25th 2015
An exhibition set up as part of a project to increase audience engagement with historic photographic collections held in Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn, will close its doors on Sunday 22nd Februa...
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Brick Planet Breaks Records

March 25th 2015
Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland has just experienced its busiest week ever thanks to the popularity of getting creative with LEGO. Over 14,000 people visited the museum during the 9 days of the half...
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Museum Shortlisted for Top Awards

March 25th 2015
Staff at Woodhorn Museum just outside Ashington, are thrilled to have heard this week that the museum has been shortlisted for awards in two categories of the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards for...

The Mindfuls Art Gala

March 25th 2015
A day of art, fun and interactivity developed and led by Woodhorn Museum’s first young people’s art group, The Mindfuls, will take place at Woodhorn on Monday 30th March. During The Art Ga...
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Alcan Employees Mark Project

March 25th 2015
For almost 40 years the Rio Tinto (formerly Alcan) aluminium smelter was a major employer at Lynemouth in south-east Northumberland. Following the announcement of its closure in 2011, Northumberland A...

Absent Voter Lists Available

October 16th 2014
At War But Eligible to Vote Northumberland Absent Voter Lists 1918 - 1920The production of a new series of CDs by Northumberland Archives is set to be a great resource for anyone digging into their fa...

Help to Investigate WWI Ancestors

September 23rd 2014
Help to Investigate WWI AncestorsWith nation-wide commemorations of the outbreak of World War One in this centenary year, interest in family connections to the Great War is growing.  Staff at Nor...

Success for Family Trails

September 9th 2014
International Award Success for Family TrailsA group of Northumberland museums is celebrating success in an international media competition thanks to a great new series of pocket-sized family trails. ...
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Accessible Accolade

August 6th 2014
Woodhorn featured in new guide to UK’s top accessible attractionsWoodhorn is one of just twenty five UK tourist attractions chosen by Silver Travel Advisor, the travel review and advice site for...
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Family Trails Shortlisted

August 6th 2014
New Family Trails Shortlisted for AwardFamilies visiting Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Hexham Old Gaol and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum this summer will be delighted with great ne...
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Rio Tinto Archive Project

July 16th 2014
WORKERS INVITED TO TELL THEIR STORIESStories from 40 years of aluminium production at Lynemouth are to be told and stored for all time with the launch of a historical archive project.Thousands of men ...
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