Activities mark anniversary

A NORTHUMBERLAND museum is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a week of activities.

It is now five years since Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives near Ashington were re-launched with a £16million redevelopment and almost half a million visitors have passed through its doors since.

There have been 50,000 visits to the study centre to use its research facilities and look through public archives, and staff have dealt with more than 220,000 requests for documents, while tens of thousands of youngsters have participated in workshops.

A major change was setting up the museum as an independent charitable trust, which included Morpeth Bagpipe Museum.

Director Keith Merrin said: “It’s been a busy five years, but extremely rewarding for everyone involved.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved and of course, we are all looking forward to the next five and beyond.”

The week of celebratory activities begins on Monday with the Northumberland History Fair, running from 11am to 4pm. Visitors can find out more about local history, as well as speak to groups such as Morpeth Antiquarian Society.

There will also be a Reel Northumberland showcase from noon to 2pm, with films from the 1920s to 1950s on display and guest speakers to explain them.

On Wednesday, Woodhorn will host a birds of prey display from 11am to 3pm, and on Friday there will be a birthday cake and visitors can contribute to a giant artwork.

Throughout the week there will be Hallowe’en bug crafts, from noon to 3pm, and a pumpkin trail. On Sunday, October 30, people can sign up for Hallowe’en tours.

For details visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com or call 01670 528080.