In August 1916, a gas explosion killed 13 men at Woodhorn Colliery near Ashington, now a museum where that disaster is commemorated by a column and this statue. Altogether in the colliery there, 98 people are recorded as having lost their lives, and a set of 98 aluminium bird soulptures, cast from men’s gloves, are also displayed

The interpretation below received a Highly Commended in a club competition for representing the past strength of that industry in the North East.


The colliery also provided skilled miners for the war effort, and was the backdrop for the “Weeping Window” sculpture of poppies in 2015