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Coal and Ice winter trail launch

14/11/2022

Ice sculpture trail at Woodhorn Museum highlights animals at risk from climate change

10 large-scale ice sculptures will go on display at Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland for two nights in January 2023 to highlight animal species that have been impacted by climate change.

Coal and Ice, a brand new ice trail around Woodhorn Museum on 05 and 06 January, will shine a light on the impact of climate change on animals from across the world. It will also encourage visitors to consider how they can reduce their carbon footprint in 2023.

Rowan Brown, chief executive of Museums Northumberland, said: “Coal and Ice is a poignant reminder of the impact the climate crisis is having on wildlife and the long term future of some animal species.

“The trail around Woodhorn Museum is an opportunity for people to reflect on the role each of us can play in reducing our carbon emissions and achieving net zero.

“Addressing the climate emergency is something we’re committed to a Museums Northumberland. Like many former coalfield sites, the underground mines at Woodhorn are a rich source of natural geothermal-heated water, which can be used to create a low carbon heat source. So, despite Woodhorn’s history as a producer of fossil fuels, today it has the potential to play a role in our transition to clean, green energy.”

A large ice bridge will be created as part of the ice trail at Woodhorn Museum. Climate pledges by local school children and visitors to the museum will be frozen into the ice blocks.

Children from across the county have also helped select nine of the 10 animals that will go on display at Coal and Ice. There will be a public vote to decide the final animal.

As well as the ice sculptures, there will also be live ice carving and the opportunity for people to make their own polar bear masks.

Tickets to Coal and Ice at Woodhorn Museum are free to book, but adults (17+) will require a Woodhorn Museum annual pass to enter. Tickets will be available for entry in 30-minute intervals, from 10am to 6pm on Thursday 05 and Friday 06 January 2023. The first round of tickets for Coal and Ice will be able to book from Monday 14 November at museumsnorthumberland.org.uk.

Coal and Ice is supported by Arts Council England (ACE) and Northumberland County Council.