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Great British Railway Journeys in Northumberland

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Michael Portillo with his copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook

Michael Portillo with his copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook

The scenic Berwick-upon-Tweed to Morpeth train trip will be featured in BBC Two’s Great British Railway Journeys on January 23.

There will be a special stop at Woodhorn to feature its amazing collection of paintings by the Ashington Group – affectionately known as the Pitmen Painters.

William Feaver, author of Pitman Painters, with Michael Portillo

William Feaver, author of Pitman Painters, with Michael Portillo

The collection was the focus of a visit by the production team and its presenter Michael Portillo last July when they chatted to William Feaver, the man behind the original book which inspired the now famous play, The Pitmen Painters, by Tyneside writer Lee Hall.

Keith Merrin, director of Woodhorn, is looking forward to seeing the programme. “We are lucky to work with these fascinating paintings every day, but we never tire of sharing them with others. Seeing them on screen gives them new life and raises awareness of this collection.

“And of course, William Feaver has such insight into the paintings and the painters themselves having become such a close friend with the artists in later years,” he added.

“The main Ashington Group Collection is on permanent display at Woodhorn and is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday all year round.”

The series is being presented by Michael Portillo, who takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. Travelling the country, he sees how the railways have changed us and what traces of Bradshaw’s Britain remain.

On January 23, as well as hearing the unique story of the Pitman Painters of Ashington, Michael discovers the cross-border history of Berwick-Upon-Tweed and sees first-hand the perils of working on the rails in Victorian times.

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