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Coal Mine Tapestry | by Heaven`s Gate (John)
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Coal Mine Tapestry

One of the art exhibits in the Woodhorn Mining Museum, Northumberland, England.

Woodhorn Colliery and the people who worked it were typical of a world that has vanished forever.

"Coal Town" is Woodhorn's engaging and interactive permanent exhibition. Through the eyes of the Ashington community, you’ll discover the true story of coal mining in Northumberland.


You’ll set off in 1918... walking to work... at one in the morning...

As the decades fly by, you’ll encounter some fascinating folk.

They’ll take you into their homes... on picnics... marches...even on strike.

You’ll cram into the ‘cage’ like a sardine, experience the joys of washday, learn to love leeks, discover the art of the ‘Proggy’, and what grinding hardship does to people.

Even srr the Miners in the showers at the end of their shift !


Woodhorn is based in original colliery buildings and a stunning new building, inspired by the monster coal cutting machines that were once used deep underground. Its entertaining and interactive displays paint a picture of life in this former mining community.


You can take an emotional journey through Coal Town and learn about the life and loves, tears and tragedies of a proud mining community.


You can also explore the colliery buildings, hum along to a brass band, see the colourful miners' banner and even design your own banner. There's a regular programme of touring exhibitions covering everything from fashion and tattoos to photography and mining art.


Woodhorn is home to The Ashington Group Collection - a unique collection of paintings by the artists more affectionately known as the Pitmen Painters whose story has been celebrated in the award winning play of the same name by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall."


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Taken on March 4, 2012