Friday, 6 November 2015

Exploring Northumberland // Woodhorn Colliery Museum Pt.1 and Poppies Sculpture


Remembrance Sunday is coming up, so what better time to publish this post?

Welcome to Woodhorn! This place is pretty special to me for a few reasons, but the day before my birthday (as we were driving down to Newcastle for Disney on Ice) I wanted to take the opportunity to see the iconic ceramic Poppies from the Tower of London installation, which are on tour, before they left the fantastic North East Colliery Museum. 

First, I must give the museum itself the credit it deserves. Before this visit I had been thrice as I used to live nearby and it was a fun date day for Jake and I in our early days (almost 4 years ago!). Not only that but I have a family history of colliery workers in mines just like this but elsewhere in the North East so I really appreciate and enjoy seeing and learning about that world.

Situated beside the QE (Queen Elizabeth) Lake, Ashington, the museum is free to visit. Originally a real working coal mine, the site is still home to many of the buildings and machines. There is also an amazing museum, The Cutter, with such wonderful exhibitions but those photos will feature in a separate blog post otherwise this would have gone on forever haha.


















I could talk all about this place for ages, describing the atmosphere and feeling of standing where such brave, hardworking men made a living and a lot even sadly lost their lives, but I want you to go and experience it for yourself.
Because we had arrived for opening time and most people ran straight for the Poppies, our walk around the museum and pit buildings was a lot more relaxing and thought provoking without anyone else being in them with us. There are great boards of information to explain more about each place, though we mustn't have read carefully enough when entering the 'Capell Fan House' haha - It was a pretty funny situation but terrifying at the time! When you enter the area is dark but there is a board with a button to push...I'm one of those people who push buttons straight away...and so set of a blue flashing light and a very loud fan. Cue running and screaming from Mam and I, as she hadn't seen me press the button, followed by a member of staff trying to stifle her laugh as she spotted us across the pit yard!

After making our way around the buildings, museum and gift shop (it has an awesome one with lots of super cool artwork, books and other interesting coal mining related nick naks), we made our way around to take a few quick snaps of the poppies before leaving.
It was lovely to be able to see them as not everyone can easily get to London, which I think is forgotten a lot. I'll leave you with a couple photos of those and would love for you to tell me if there is anywhere like Woodhorn near you! Do you have a mining family? Have you gotten to experience the Poppy sculpture?







8 comments:

  1. That sculpture is something else! How beautiful is this. There seems to be so many wonderful places to visit up your way. I think we need a trip to Northumberland & the area.
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    1. Isn't it fab?! I think it's off to Liverpool now. Glad to have gotten to see it while it was so close. Oh there is!! Have a look for the show 'Tales from Northumberland' with Robson Green - It'll show you some awesome things to do up here.

      xo

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  2. That sculpture is amazing, you got stunning shots here Danielle, as always! Sorry I've been away, just getting into work so now I'm back to catch up :D Beautiful photos and such an important and sombre reason for the sculpture too. - Tasha

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    1. I was a little disappointed in my photos of the poppies as it was pretty overcast but thank you lol!
      I'm glad you've finally started at work, hope it's going good.

      xo

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  3. I love things like this! I don't think I have a mining family, I think they were all farmers of some kind, but I could be wrong. This is my kind of museum though. The poppies are pretty cool too. Oh the London thing, my home town is only an hour from London on the train and it's so expensive to get there and back, I don't bother going! Let alone living further away!

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    1. Oooh really? I have farmers on the other side!! haha My Dads side was mariners then miners and my Mams side was farmers and shepherds :) It's a little sad it couldn't be carried on. I've always wanted my own farm.

      I never knew that. I dunno why I never thought to ask exactly where you're from. I'm really dreading it and I'm not a fan but I'm gonna do it for the HP studios and to see the show.


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  4. So glad you posted about Woodhorn ! This place is also very close to my heart for a number of reasons and I loved seeing the poppies recently when I popped home. Can't wait to read part 2!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you got to see them too. It was fab to finally get something in the North and especially something that has brought Woodhorn to more peoples attention. :)

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