Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 11am - 4pm
  • Thursday 11am - 4pm
  • Friday 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday 11am - 4pm
  • Sunday 11am - 4pm
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 11am - 4pm
  • Thursday 11am - 4pm
  • Friday 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday 11am - 4pm
  • Sunday 11am - 4pm
More information

Opening times

  • Monday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Friday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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Some of our museums are now running on summer opening times. To find out more, visit the Opening Times page.

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Woodhorn Museum / About the Museum / Learning

Exciting learning opportunities for everyone as we share Northumberland’s stories.

Learning is central to the work we do as we discover, collect and share Northumberland’s stories.

Find out about some of the exciting opportunities we can offer for learners of all ages and abilities including school, family and lifelong learning.

Schools Learning

We’re making learning fun and bringing the past to life at Woodhorn Museum

We offer a range of enjoyable and educational activities both on and off-site. Woodhorn Museum itself offers a unique and immersive environment for children to discover their local mining heritage and culture.

Woodhorn Museum offers a unique and immersive environment for children to discover their local mining heritage and culture.

We offer schools a full day visit with a range of activities and workshop linked to the national curriculum for EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3.  School visits cost £5 per pupil.

At Woodhorn Museum, education groups can take part in a range of learning workshops, including:

  • Working Down the Pit KS1/KS2: Get dressed for dirty work down the coal mine where you’ll feel the darkness as you crawl through tunnels.  Discover the tools that helped keep the miners safe underground and find out what it was like to bend your back digging for coal.
  • Colliery Tour – All ages: Explore original colliery buildings and watch machinery whizz into action to illustrate how the shaft was sunk, how the mine was ventilated and how the cage lowered men into the ground safely.
  • The Art of Mining – All ages: Be inspired by the paintings of the Ashington Group, also known as the Pitmen Painters, and have a go at recreating some of their best loved work in a workshop which introduces pupils to some of the techniques used to create the paintings (including perspective, light and dark and details).
  • Home Life – KS1: Roll up your sleeves and discover what life was like for the miners’ wives.  Wash clothes and make ‘proggy mats’ in our 1930s kitchen.
  • Death, Danger and Disasters – KS2/KS3: Investigate past mining disasters using historical sources including documents, images, maps and letters.  An excellent introduction to historical sources and archives.
  • 1984/85 Miners’ Strike: Consider the conflicting view points in the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike as you explore the effect of the strike on families in Northumberland.  Research newspapers, letters, television footage and interview a former striking miner to help you decide – strike or scab?

 For further details of what we offer, please contact the team.

Is your school working towards Artsmark?

We are an Artsmark Partner. Find out more here about how we help you on your journey.

“The children were engaged and active from the minute they stepped off the bus.  They were given a real sense of the past. A fantastic experience for all.”

“I had the best time ever! We all loved it. The best bit was the art gallery and coal town.”

School comments

Family Learning

Take part in enjoyable and educational family activities each time you visit.

Learn about our local history and heritage, museum collections and exhibitions through our fun, hands-on family activities.

Our family activities are always linked to our wonderful collections or our temporary exhibition programme, so see what delights are on offer when you next visit. There’s a fun hands-on activity waiting for family visitors each weekend and during the school holidays.

“I liked using my imagination and doing research.”

“When I was making this lamp, I thought about what it would be like in the mine.”

Customer comments

Off Site Learning

If you can’t come to our museums, perhaps we can come to you?

We offer outreach sessions, loan boxes, reminiscence sessions and pdf resources.

For more information about any of our learning opportunities, take a look at our Learning pages or you can contact the learning team at learning@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk

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