The North East has a really rich history and if you want to delve into some of it then Woodhorn is a place that you have to visit. Woodhorn is a museum that is located in QE11 County Park in Ashington Northumberland. It is usually open throughout the week and is £7 for adults, under 16s go for free and concessions get in for £16.
Woodhorn is the location of a former 19th Century coal mine, in it’s prime, over 2000 people worked underground at this coal mine. Every year, 600,00 tonnes of coal was mined from this pit. Woodhorn is home to the last remaining coal mining built heritage and is also home to the most powerful winding engine in the region which was bombed in 1941 and still survives to this day.
The museum is home to a number of exhibitions and collections with a total over 25,000 objects on display. The collections range from historic to modern that explore the local history of the area as well as it’s rich mining history. In the modern Cutter building it is home to a banner collection that is relevant to the areas history.
I visited Woodhorn in 2015 when I lived in Newcastle, the main reason was we went to see the Remembrance Poppys display that was decorated all over the place. The museum itself is huge and it was really interesting and gave me a detailed look at the history of the area I was unaware of.