Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Exploring Northumberland // The Cutter Museum. Woodhorn pt.2
If you haven't already, check out the part 1 of this Exploring Northumberland here > Woodhorn Colliery Museum Pt.1 and Poppies Sculpture.
This part is all about the museum set in the grounds of Woodhorn, The Cutter. Opened in 2006, this addition to the site (which houses 13 original buildings from the working colliery turned museum in 1989) is a pretty awesome example of architecture inspired by 'monster coal cutting machines'. Housed inside is a walk through exhibition telling the Northumbrian story as the Northumberland archives, a fabulous gift shop (haha you know how I love a gift shop) and other awesome things that I'll show you below...
Just look at those banners - how stunning are the colours. I think it's awesome that these original miners branch banner are still in such great quality and displayed so beautifully. I took way more than just those three photos too haha. I think my most favorite part of the Cutter is the Pitmen Painters exhibit. In short, it displays a range of amazing art work all done by men who worked down the pits and were part of the Ashington Art Group. The paintings and drawings cover a vast spectrum of subjects but all give a great insight into lift at the time. You should really go to see all the works of art and how talented these guys really were.
See, it's not just me who thinks Northumberland is fabulous ;) This section of the museum takes us on a journey throughout a stereotypical Northumberland. A Northumberland/Newcastle that I remember as a child or having learnt about at school and being told about from family. Leek shows, pigeon racing and social clubs! This area also has a part that talks about the strikes and it's pretty sad to think of the situation some people were in, being branded scabs for having to go back to work as they needed money. You see that blue door in the photo with the mangle? I made the mistake of opening it and getting a real shock to hear a loud trumpeting from a bottom haha.
In these last few photos you can see some amazing set ups that help you understand a little more of what working in a mine was actually like. The size of the space they were confined to, the equipment they used and more. I really don't want to ruin this place for you by talking too much or sharing too many photos as I urge everyone to go if you can get there.
Can you believe that is free entry?! With a cafe and railway too it's such a fabulous day out for all ages and even more to do than what I have blogged about. On my next return visit I must share the Woodhorn Railway and more about the QE lake which it is situated beside and where we walked Baker often as a small pup.
Let me know if you have been to Woodhorn or have at least heard of it. What do you think about it?
Remember to check out part one here!!