Woodhorn Colliery lies in south-east Northumberland close to the town of Ashington. It was a working pit for more
than 80 years, from 1894 until its closure in 1981. Using the original pit buildings, the site reopened as a
colliery museum in 1989. Today, the former colliery is recognised as the best surviving example of a late 19th
to early 20th century colliery from the North East England regional tradition.
We have used the museum archives to reconstruct a model of how the mine worked underground in the 1930s. Using the
tabs above you can move between reconstructions of the mine as images and video clips. You can also hear what it was
like to be a miner at Woodhorn in an interview with Jim Slaughter and look at an
interactive photo album.