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Ice sculpture trail at Woodhorn Museum highlights animals at risk from climate change

Large-scale ice sculptures depicting animals impacted by climate change will go on display at Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland as part of a family-friendly ice trail taking place over two days in January 2023.

Coal and Ice, a brand new ice trail around Woodhorn Museum on 05 and 06 January, will shine a light on the impact of climate change on animals from across the world. It will also encourage children and families to consider how they can reduce their carbon footprint in 2023.

Rowan Brown, chief executive of Museums Northumberland, said: “Coal and Ice is a poignant reminder of the impact the climate crisis is having on wildlife and the long term future of some animal species.

“The trail around Woodhorn Museum is an opportunity for people to reflect on the role each of us can play in reducing our carbon emissions and achieving net zero.
“At Museums Northumberland we recognise the historic carbon impact of Woodhorn Colliery. Today, Northumberland is leading the way in the development of new, clean, low carbon forms of energy.”

A large ice bridge will be created as part of the ice trail at Woodhorn Museum, with climate pledges by local school children and visitors to the museum frozen into the ice blocks. Children from across the county have also helped select the animals that will go on display at Coal and Ice.

As well as the ice sculpture trail, there will also be live ice carving and the opportunity for people to make their own polar bear masks.

Tickets to Coal and Ice at Woodhorn Museum are free to book, but adults (aged 17 and over) will require a Woodhorn Museum annual pass to enter.

Tickets will be available for entry in 30-minute intervals, from 10am to 5pm on Thursday 05 and Friday 06 January 2023. The first round of tickets for Coal and Ice will be able to book from 9am on Tuesday 15 November at

For more information about Coal and Ice and Woodhorn Museum, visit

Coal and Ice is supported by Arts Council England (ACE) and Northumberland County Council.

About Museums Northumberland

Museums Northumberland (the public name for Woodhorn Charitable Trust) is Northumberland’s museum service, which cares for sites of historic interest and collections across the county.

Museums Northumberland comprises Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Hexham Old Gaol and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum.

Museums Northumberland is supported by Northumberland County Council and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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