Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am-4pm
  • Friday 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 10am-4pm
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
More information

Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
More information

Opening times

  • Monday 9.30am-5pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am-5pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
  • Thursday 9.30am-5pm
  • Friday 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday 9.30am-5pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Reduce Energy Consumption

We reduced our electricity usage across our sites by 56% from 2019 to 2023, by looking at new ways to run our buildings.

Find out how we did this below…

  • We closely monitor consumption of gas, electricity, water comparing monthly readings against previous year’s performance, and investigating any changes that arise and report across the organisation to identify and swiftly address the cause.  
  • We plan to replace or reduce lighting at our museums within 5 years either with energy efficient LEDs or by installing movement detector lighting triggers. As each bulb or fitting is removed it is replaced with an efficient LED version. Even our event festoon lighting is LED (though it looks like old-fashioned bulbs), and gives a great effect using very little energy. At Hexham Old Gaol we were able to replace continually lit emergency lighting with new LED fittings that only activate when required, with a considerable saving in energy. 
  • We use reminder stickers to prompt staff that lights, computers, and other portable and office equipment should be switched off every night and when leaving a room. 
  • We maintain solar panels on the roof of the Cutter building at Woodhorn Museum which contribute to the running of the main heating system. 
  • We always research into the energy efficiency ratings of devices when procuring new equipment.  
  • We proactively research green technological advances in our buildings – at Woodhorn Museum we have variable speed drives on our heating pumps, a voltage optimiser on incoming electric supply, and are working towards an environmentally ‘passive’ approach to temperature and heating controls in our collection’s stores by using less plant, with smaller energy-efficient units. Our building management engineers continuously review heating and plant set points across our buildings to ensure optimal energy efficiency is achieved. When possible, building plant will be ‘hibernated’ to reduce energy consumption. 
  • We maintain a rainwater harvesting system at Woodhorn Museum to service our toilets, storing rainwater in an underground tank for year-round use, and our toilets are designed for low water volume operation.