First stop on this immersive experience is the Cage Shop, where you will collect your own tallies – each with their own unique number as if you were venturing down the mine. Visitors will then set off to explore six extraordinary experiences in a variety of buildings across Woodhorn, some of which are not usually open to the public.
Workshop Galleries| Venture Into the Dark to hear tales of the miners’ experiences during the early history of the colliery.
Pick Sharpener’s Building | Angel in the Mine transports audiences to a homely front room on New Year’s Eve in the 1950s provides a glimpse into the lives and memories of the women who lived in Woodhorn.
Heapstead| Hanging Up – This poignant installation symbolises a devastating moment in the colliery’s history, giving audiences the opportunity to reflect on how it affected them personally and the impact on the community
The Winding House | Rebirth – After darkness comes light and the absence of coal transforms the Winding House into a contemporary dance performance space.
Cutter Building | A Landscape Redefined – head to the upper floor of the modern museum Cutter Building to consider what does the future hold for Northumberland, a landscape redefined offers a moment of hope and opportunity.
Free performances take place daily 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm, no need to book and included within membership admission.
First Footing has been brought to life by Third Folly and was commissioned by Museums Northumberland for Woodhorn Museum thanks to public funding from Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council.