Journal Culture Award!

We are delighted to announce that we have just received the North-East Museum Journal Culture Award for our project, Music In Museums. We were in excellent company, as fellow winners included Berwick Film Festival, Iron Press, Live Theatre and many more besides.

Here is the lovely Liz Riton from Woodhorn Colliery, collecting the award on our behalf, as we are currently on tour so sadly couldn’t be there.


This Arts Council funded project took place last year and was a series of bespoke events and concerts in museums across the region. We aimed to bring a range of musical performances into museums and galleries, each one responding to the space and incorporating elements of the history and traditions that the museums represent.

The project began in May last year, in partnership with the annual Folk Festival held at Preston Hall Museum. The Arbour curated a contemporary folk stage in the grounds of museum, featuring performances from a range of up and coming North East acts, Sara Dennis And The Rivensmith, Bridie Jackson And The Arbour, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, By Toutatis, Liliput and Ditte Elly.

June saw the culmination of an exciting new composition project, with local songwriters Bridie Jackson, Emily Portman and Ditte Elly creating new repertoire inspired by the Archives at Woodhorn Colliery. The new material was then performed at a special concert as part of the Miners picnic on Saturday 8th June, an annual event held in the grounds of the museum.

On July 20th 2013, a promenade performance was held in the grounds of Bede’s World, in an event aiming to consider and celebrate the evolution of North-East music, with performances from the Durham Viol manuscript, traditional Northumbrian Folk Singing, and finishing with a set from The Arbour.

For the final event of the project, The Arbour performed a special unplugged set at the Shipley Art Gallery on July 26th, for the preview of a new exhibition by artist and print maker, Ruth Fettis, who also gave a talk about her work at the event.