This winter Woodhorn Museum will present ‘First Footing’, a magical and immersive live experience exploring stories from 100 years of Woodhorn’s history as we cross over into the New Year.
‘Hanging Up’ will be a poignant scene in the ‘First Footing’ experience that represents the last ever shift at Woodhorn Colliery. But we need your help to make it happen!
Did you, a member of your family or a friend work in Ashington’s mining industry at that time when Woodhorn closed in 1981 or when the connected Ashington Colliery closed in 1986? Do you know someone who was involved in the last shift at Woodhorn or the other connected collieries? How did the pit closures affect your family and community?
Come along to Woodhorn Museum on Saturday 16th November to meet Third Folly, the team behind ‘First Footing’, as they work to re-create the overalls worn by mine-workers on their last shift.
Have a chat with them about your own thoughts and experiences of life in South East Northumberland during the 1980’s. Have a go at ‘dirtying-down’ overalls so that they accurately match the real pair we have in our museum collection from the last shift at Ellington.
With your help we can learn and share more stories about our colliery’s heritage, coal mining collections and community.
This is a free, drop-in workshop as part of your Museums Northumberland or Woodhorn Museum annual membership pass. ‘First Footing’ is supported with public funding from Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council.