Woodhorn Museum has three spring exhibitions, running from Saturday 10 February till Monday 7 May, with a maritime theme.


An open art exhibition at Woodhorn Museum celebrating the North East coast, seascape, shipbuilding and seafaring heritage. This exhibition will showcase the region’s artistic talent and celebrate the North East coast and seafaring heritage.  


The exhibition chronicles life aboard the Oosterschelde, a three-masted schooner, among crew and trainees on a 500 nautical mile sail across the North Sea. The film captures the sea and its changing sailing conditions as well as the everyday activities on the ship: physical work and downtime, social interaction and solitude, nocturnal and daytime life.  

The film is the result of an artistic collaboration between filmmaker Cecilia Stenbom and musician Chris Sharkey resulting in an experimental documentary, an audio-visual poem about a journey made possible by wind propulsion only.


Discover the little known story of William Smith, a carpenter’s son from Seaton Sluice who built a ship in Blyth and discovered Antarctica. 

On a trade voyage in 1818, having survived pirates and sailing through treacherous gales, Captain William Smith made the first recorded sighting of Antarctica, the islands now known as the Southern Shetland Islands. Although he died in poverty and unrecognised for his achievements, Captain William Smith is being remembered by the people of Blyth today. 

Find out how this extraordinary Northumberland story has inspired the community to repeat his adventures today though the Blyth Tall Ship project. 

For more information on the exhibitions visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com/temporary-exhibitions/