Woodhorn Museum


Woodhorn brings to life Northumberland’s proud mining heritage, and houses the Ashington Group Collection of artworks – commonly known as the ‘Pitmen Painters’.

Reputed to be the first collection of amateur art to go on permanent display anywhere in the world, the museum’s iconic display of paintings showcases what daily life was really like for miners in and around Ashington from the 1930s.

Alongside its heritage mining buildings, Woodhorn’s modern Cutter Building showcases its impressive banner collection, Coal Town exhibition, and a permanent kinetic sculpture composed of 98 birds, fashioned from moulded miners’ gloves – each of which sadly represents a life lost at Woodhorn Colliery throughout its history.


Queen Elizabeth II Country Park Ashington NE63 9YF

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£7 / £6 / Under 16s free

  • Wed 10am – 4pm
  • Thu 10am – 4pm
  • Fri 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm
  • Sun 10am – 4pm
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