Museum up for awards

Woodhorn Colliery Museum.
Woodhorn Colliery Museum.

A Northumberland museum and visitor attraction has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards.

Woodhorn Museum in Ashington has made it into the final shortlists in two categories of the Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015.

Being shortlisted for these awards alongside venues of international standing is a huge achievement

Woodhorn Director Keith Merrin

The venue is through to the last five in the category for Project on a Limited Budget with its project ‘Stand up for Woodhorn: Making a Case for Comedy in Museums’, and the last six in Best Marketing Campaign for ‘Retronaut’.

They face stiff competition from other venues, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum and National Maritime Museum.

Director Keith Merrin said: “Being shortlisted for these awards alongside venues of international standing is a huge achievement and we are thrilled to reach this stage.

“It recognises that the standard and creativity of work we do here at Woodhorn is on a par with the very best museums and galleries.”