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

Our Learning Team are happy to discuss the right choice of workshops for your group. We also offer all school groups a lunch space, accessible toilets and free parking. School Workshops are priced at £5 per pupil for a full day visit or £3 for a half-day visit.

Activities on offer

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 using historical sources including documents, images, maps and letters. Explore the controversy surrounding the causes and consequences of the Hartley Pit Disaster in 1862 or the Woodhorn Colliery Disaster in 1916.

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

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