Northumberland museums offer group benefits  

A charitable trust which runs museums across Northumberland has unveiled a membership scheme for group travel organisers.

Launched by the Woodhorn Charitable Trust, the initiative aims to boost group visitors to museums in Berwick, Morpeth, Ashington and Hexham.

Group visitors to all of the museums will be able to convert their individual admission ticket into an annual pass during their visit, giving free return visits for the following 12 months.

Also, groups can have a free guided tour of Woodhorn Museum (pictured), including a brief introduction to the famous Pitmen Painters art collection.

The artworks were created and amassed over 50 years by a group of coal miners who created a record of life in Ashington, known as “the biggest pit village in the world”.

Discounts will be offered for all purchases in the museum shop including Pitmen Painter items, and discounted refreshment packages are available, along with a meal voucher for the driver; group admission rates with free admission for the organiser and driver; and free coach parking.

Hexham Old Gaol and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery also offer new benefits for advance bookings with group admission rates, free group leader and driver, special guided tours or a museum introduction, and shop discounts.

The Old Gaol in Hexham is the oldest purpose-built prison in England, dating back to the 1300s, while the Berwick Museum & Art Gallery houses a collection of fine art and ceramics gifted to the town by shipping magnate, Sir William Burrell.