The Northumberland Space Programme (Ashington)

In partnership with Kielder Observatory, the Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn Museum, and the University of Newcastle, The Northumberland Space Programme brings together experimental composer Andy Ingamells and c.30 local SEND, PPG and/or EAL school children.

Together, Andy and the pupils set off on a journey to explore space and history. They create a piece of musical storytelling based on stories found in the Northumberland Archives – all to do with Northumberland’s connection to the final frontier, as the country’s darkest county.

The project takes place over 7 days, and based at Woodhorn Museum. They also go on two exciting trips to help inform the creation of their performance piece.

They enjoy activities and experiments at the University of Newcastle, led by its resident astrophysicists, and go to Kielder Observatory, where they enjoy an introduction to scientific stargazing, and see some of the most powerful telescopes in the UK in action.