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  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 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
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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
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  • 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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Learning / Schools Learning at Woodhorn Museum

Woodhorn Museum is a unique and inspiring place for young learners to explore Northumberland's rich social, cultural and industrial heritage.

School Workshops

Our Learning Team are happy to discuss the right choice of workshops for your group. We also offer school groups a lunch space, access to our play area, accessible toilets, plenty of free parking and a dedicated coach park. From September 2023 School Workshops are priced at £6 per pupil for a full day visit.

Explore the options below and contact the team for more information at learning@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk

 

Working down the pit

Get dressed for a day of hard work down the pit. Experience the darkness and cramped conditions as you crawl through a tunnel. Discover the tools that miners used to work and stay safe underground. Find out what it was really like digging for coal at Woodhorn Colliery.

Working down the pit is a great introduction to coal mining for KS1 and KS2 pupils.

Home Life

Time to roll up your sleeves and put on your pinny. Have a go at washing clothes and make proggy mats in our 1930s kitchen. Open the doors and drawers to find treasures from the past. Discover how life in the home was different from today.

Home Life offers KS1 pupils a hands-on learning experience about how we used to live.

Woodhorn Colliery Tour

This is your chance to 'dig deeper' at Woodhorn Museum and explore our Victorian colliery buildings. Learn about the coal industry which once fuelled the nation. Find out about the engineering which made it possible to sink the shafts deep into the ground, to provide ventilation to miners working underground and to turn the iconic pit wheels.

A must-do Colliery Tour experience for learners of all ages

The Pitmen Painters

Woodhorn Museum is proud to house ‘The Ashington Group Collection’, one of the North East’s most important art collections. Discover the incredible story of Ashington’s Pitmen Painters and find out about more about their lives, work and art through their paintings. Try your hand at art techniques used by the Pitmen Painters themselves as you create your own artworks in these inspirational art workshops.

Our Pitmen Painters art workshops can be tailored to the interests and experience of KS1, KS2 or KS3 pupils.

Death, Danger and Disasters

Investigate past mining disasters by studying historical source material including documents, images, maps and letters. Explore the controversy surrounding the causes and consequences of the Hartley Pit Disaster in 1862.

‘Death, Danger and Disasters’ offers KS2 (year 4 and older) and KS3 pupils the chance to consider the darker side of our industrial heritage.

The Woodhorn Engineering Challenge

Students work in teams to design and build a model transport system to move coal up and down a mine shaft in our D&T linked workshop. They will test and modify their designs before demonstrating them to the class. During your visit find out how this was done in real life at Woodhorn Colliery.

Suitable for KS2 pupils.

Miners' Strike 1984

Redeveloped to coincide with the 40th Anniversary, our day of workshops looks at mining conditions, nationalisation, and the effect of the strike on communities like Ashington. Explore the causes and costs of the 1984 Miners Strike. Listen to the discussion in our news bulletins, read different points of views in our newspapers and contemplate personal stories from the strike to discover the true cost of the strike for the miners, their families, the community and the mining industry. Available from March 2024.

Suitable for Upper KS2 and KS3 pupils

First World War workshops

A day of workshops looking at different aspects of the First World War from Northumbrian perspectives. Your Country Needs You! Will you sign up to Lord Kitchener’s volunteer army? Have a medical? Undergo training? Endure life in the trenches? Make the ultimate sacrifice? Follow the journey of one volunteer from Northumberland to the Somme.
Join the 18th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers as they learn the skills to help them survive the war and why miners were excellent at digging trenches. Consider how the war affected the coal mines of the North East and led to Woodhorn’s deadliest disaster.

Suitable for KS2

Second World War Workshops

A day of workshops looking at the Second World War through local stories such as the experiences of the Bevin Boys, evacuation and the impact of air raids at Woodhorn Colliery.

Suitable for KS2

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