New illustraed trail guides at museums

New illustrated museum trails designed for children and parents are now available at museums across the county.

Families visiting Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Hexham Old Gaol and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum this summer will be able to use the pocket-sized guides.

The guides have been illustrated and hand written by designer Daniel Weatheritt and the content researched and compiled by Jenny Dockett.

Jenny said: “We wanted a trail that would also be a souvenir of their trip and so we made a map inside a little booklet.

“I feel strongly that children appreciate good design and would enjoy something that felt like a small object of desire. Something that feels nice in your hand and that opens itself to reveal lots of treasures.”

Each of the trails feature a special illustrated character: the Woodhorn trails are introduced by Boy Blue, a racing pigeon who gives a pigeon’s eye view of the museum and explains a bit about the history of the former colliery site, and the Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth has piping pig Melrose.

The trails are so successful they have now been shortlisted for the pocket media most creative design award.