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Woodhorn Charitable Trust

Museums & Archives Northumberland is the public marketing name for Woodhorn Charitable Trust, an independent charity which manages:

Woodhorn Charitable Trust is an independent charity which manages Woodhorn as a museum and visitor attraction and provides a home for the Northumberland Archives.  The Trust also manages the Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office – a branch of the County Archives Service, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Hexham Old Gaol, Hexham Moothall and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum. The local authority, Northumberland County Council, has a statutory responsibility to provide an Archives Service and under the terms of a Service Level Agreement the Woodhorn Trust is engaged by Northumberland County Council to manage this service and the museums.  The Trust is registered as a charity No. 1129712 and a limited company No. 6893854.

The Trustees of Woodhorn are:

  • Penny Wilkinson, Chair
  • Peter Atkinson
  • Philip Browell 
  • John Browne-Swinburne
  • John Carr-Ellison
  • Ian Lavery M.P.
  • Mai Mak
  • Ven. Peter Robinson
  • Cllr Jeff Watson

The Chief Executive is Rowan Brown.

Woodhorn Charitable Trust Vision and Mission

Woodhorn Charitable Trust exists to inspire, engage and connect people to Northumberland and its history by running a high-quality network of museums and archives across Northumberland that provide exciting and stimulating exhibitions, community outreach and educational programmes.

Many thousands of people each year either visit one of our sites or engage with our community projects or online resources.

We have set ourselves a vision to be:

A national cultural leader known for connecting people with Northumberland and its history to enrich communities and enhance individuals’ lives.