Over the past year we have been working closely with artist Matt Stokes to explore and reveal hidden stories from our unique Northumberland museum places, collections and people.
Through this major commission, Stokes’ research has drawn out narrative threads that tie Museums Northumberland’s stories together in unexpected ways.
Soundmirror: Discover the incredible story of the orchid grown and named for local footballing legend Jackie Milburn at Woodhorn Museum.
Stokes’ uncovered this wonderful story in a collection of Milburn family memorabilia which was gifted to Woodhorn Museum by Jackie’s son, Jack Milburn.
However, both the story and the orchid then disappeared into complete obscurity; until now.
Explore our other Northumberland museums this summer to experience more work by Matt Stokes:
Beyond the Field: Encounter a lost rural soundscape inspired by the 18th century borderland at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.
Felons: Explore contemporary prisoner experiences through the connected symbolism of raptors at Hexham Old Gaol.
A Traveller And A Shepherd: Explore the lighter side of Northumberland’s unique musical instruments, the Northumberland Pipes, at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum.