Northumberland

Woodhorn Museum


A world away from a traditional mining museum, Woodhorn is well-known for its fun events programme, including family picnic days, car shows and cos-play extravaganza, ‘Invasion’ - it even featured on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

 

As of July 2017 dogs are also welcomed on-site too.

 

The museum is proud to house the Ashington Group Collection of artworks – commonly known as the ‘Pitmen Painters’. This iconic display showcases what daily life was really like for miners in and around Ashington from the 1930s. It is reputed to be the first collection of amateur art to go on permanent display anywhere in the world.

 

Woodhorn brings to life Northumberland’s proud mining heritage, alongside an ever-changing contemporary arts and event programme – making it a fun and cultural day out

Did you know that at its peak, over 2,000 people worked underground at the site? A whopping 600,000 tonnes of coal was mined from the pit each year.

 

Come along and visit the North East’s last remaining coal mining built heritage and check out our winding houses – including the most powerful winding engine in the region and the ventilation fan which took a direct hit, but survived the German bombing of 1941.

 

Our modern Cutter Building showcases our impressive banner collection, Coal Town exhibition and, of course, our iconic Ashington Group Collection. The mixture of the historic and the modern is something you can expect from all Museums Northumberland sites.

 

Be sure to take a look at the wall of the Cutter Building which features a moving sculpture made up of 98 birds, fashioned from moulded miners’ gloves – each of which sadly represent a life lost at Woodhorn Colliery throughout its history.

 

With so much to see and do at Woodhorn Museum, it’s a hands-on experience to remember

 

Find us at...

  • Woodhorn Museum
  • Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
  • Ashington
  • Northumberland
  • Northumberland
  • NE63 9YF

Accessibility

All visitors to Woodhorn will find a visit rewarding with almost all of the buildings open to the public fully accessible: only one or two places in the old colliery buildings are a little more challenging.

Access Plans for each of our museums can be downloaded from this website (you can find them on the Accessibility page), but please contact us if there’s anything we can do to support your access requirements at Woodhorn Museum:

Tel: 01670 624455

Email: hello@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk

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. 

Please note that the Dark Side guided tours are only suitable for able bodied visitors. 

You might find our Google tour helpful in planning your visit.  Please telephone 01670 624455 or email if you have any queries or special requirements.


Our Events

  • Coal Forest
    Ashington

    Coal Forest

    27-Oct-2018 - 22-Apr-2019
    Woodhorn Museum

    Coal Forest will see the site transformed through a series of magical and thought-provoking art installations in our museum and colliery heritage buildings.

    Age Friendly
  • FREE
    Dig Deeper! Guided Colliery Tour
    Ashington

    Dig Deeper! Guided Colliery Tour

    01-Feb-2019 - 27-Dec-2019

    Daily at This tour takes place in heritage colliery buildings and although it is suitable for children and adults, we do ask that visitors take care and that children are supervised at all times 2pm. ...

    Age Friendly
  • FREE
    Spotlight Tour:The Pitmen Painters
    Ashington

    Spotlight Tour:The Pitmen Painters

    01-Feb-2019 - 27-Dec-2019

    Daily, 12 noon and 3pm - Join your guide for a bitesize introduction to the inspirational story of the Ashington Group (also known as Pitmen Painters), and discover a few highlights of this incre...

    Age Friendly
  • FREE
    The Fallen Forest
    Ashington

    The Fallen Forest

    01-Feb-2019 - 22-Apr-2019

    Every weekend plus every day during Northumberland School Holidays: 12 noon - 3pm.  Help us create The Fallen Forest this winter at Woodhorn Museum as part of our Coal Forest season. Set in our s...

    Age Friendly
  • Wild Wednesday
    Ashington

    Wild Wednesday

    10-Apr-2019 10:00 AM-15:30 PM
    Queen Elizabeth II Country Park

    Go wild at Woodhorn Museum!

    Age Friendly
  • Wild Wednesday
    Ashington

    Wild Wednesday

    17-Apr-2019 10:00 AM-15:00 PM
    Queen Elizabeth II Country Park

    Go wild at Woodhorn Museum!

    Age Friendly
  • FREE
    Easter Bunny
    Ashington

    Easter Bunny

    19-Apr-2019 - 22-Apr-2019

    The Easter Bunny will be visiting Woodhorn Museum over the long Easter weekend. Find him on site to receive a small treat!

    Age Friendly
  • Vintage Car Rally
    Ashington

    Vintage Car Rally

    14-Jul-2019 11:00 AM

    Enjoy a grand day out at Woodhorn Museum's Vintage Car Rally.

    Age Friendly

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