Museum named as country’s most friendly

A NORTHUMBERLAND museum has been named one of the friendliest in the country.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives in Ashington was chosen from more than 100 nominations to make it into the top 20 recognised in the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award list.

It is the only museum in the region to make the list.

Award organiser Kids In Museums says those chosen are imaginative, innovative and inclusive and make visitors of all ages feel welcome.

Woodhorn Director Keith Merrin said: “We are very pleased and proud to have been recognised in the Telegraph’s Family Friendly Museum Award.

“It’s a testament to the work we do not only to make visitors of all ages and backgrounds feel welcome, but also the innovative projects we undertake working with young people.

“Through projects like Time Travel Northumberland and Heritage Big Brother we’ve seen local teenagers discover their local history, unleash their creativity, grow in confidence and have fun in the process. At the same time, our blockbuster temporary exhibitions have proved a really popular and exciting day out for local families.”

Sixteen-year-old Robert Naylor, who took part in the Time Travel Northumberland project, nominated the museum.