Sharing the county’s heritage

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EAGER Northumberland students have enjoyed a special insight into a county attraction.

But the group visiting Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives was not made up of the usual school pupils, for the students were all members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) in the region.

The outing was organised by the Ashington branch and attracted 90 members from 17 different groups.

The get-together included guided tours of buildings not normally accessible to the public, tales of disasters and incidents, a full tour, sight of the Pitmen Paintings and a ride on the train through Queen Elizabeth Park.

Local historian Barry Mead spoke about mining memories, while staff from Northumberland Archives explained their Working Lives project, which is exploring papers relating to the county’s industrial, commercial and rural history, including letters with presidential signatures.

There was also a talk by Karen Stuart on Newbiggin by the Sea.

Woodhorn Director Keith Merrin said: “It is great to be able to use our facilities here at Woodhorn to both entertain and educate, and we like nothing better than to share our heritage and knowledge with others.”