About Coal & Ice
The animal themed ice sculptures shone a spotlight on the impact of climate change, with Woodhorn’s Colliery Heritage site creating a particularly poignant setting. The endangered species included in the ice trail were selected by children from local schools, visitors to Woodhorn Museum, the Woodhorn Museum Facebook community and Museums Northumberland staff. The event also featured a large-scale ice bridge with over 200 climate pledged embedded in the ice, contributed by local school children and museum visitors.
2,040 visitors attended the Coal & Ice event (which was free but ticketed for crowd and parking control), with postcode data showing 60% of visitors were local to museum from South East Northumberland. Visitors to the event followed the stunning ice trail around the museum, saw live ice carvings, took part in creative mask-making activities and were inspired to make their own climate pledges for the New Year.
The event received fantastic visitor feedback including:
“Absolutely amazing, my 20yr old daughter and I really enjoyed it! Everyone so friendly and lots of information when we were asking questions! Well organised as always at Woodhorn! Thank you!” Visitor Feedback
“Just returned from seeing this amazing display. Well done to everyone involved for making our visit so enjoyable. The skills shown by these people are breathtaking and the many staff and volunteers enabled the whole event to run smoothly. Thank you Woodhorn.” Visitor Feedback
“It was all so poignant. It was beautifully done and everyone was so engaging and helpful.” Visitor Feedback
“Visited today to see the ice sculptures. Wow, absolutely amazing. We were totally blown away by the talent. The sculptures were fantastic. All staff at the museum were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. What a lovely day. Thankyou.” Visitor Feedback