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In 1992 Ali Rhind was commissioned to produce wall hangings for the new Wansbeck Hospital entrance. The themes for the hospital decor were earth, wind, sun and sea and four mats were designed on these themes. They were made at Alnwick, Blyth, Cramlington and Woodhorn. Those who worked on the mats ranged from experts to complete beginners and they enjoyed the experience of meeting together and so the group was formed. 

At first we met in Ali's workshop at Woodhorn Colliery Museum in Ashington, Northumberland, and we helped keep it open to the public on the days when Ali was not there. When Ali later left Woodhorn we continued to meet as an independent group.

The mats no longer hang in the hospital entrance. They have been placed in storage. 

Our work was featured in Billy Connolly's "World Tour of England, Ireland and Wales" television programme and also on the BBC Radio Four "Stitch in Time" series, with the famous textile artist Kaffe Fassett.

When Woodhorn Colliery Museum was closed for refurbishment in 2004, the Woodhorn Matters moved to alternative premises, and then in 2007 settled in the Methodist Church in Morpeth, which provides a central location for members.

In the foyer of Morpeth Methodist Church is a wall hanging made by 10 members of the group as part of an exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels held at the Woodhorn Museum. The wall hanging was later on display at the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre. 

See our "GALLERY".

Wansbeck Hospital Wall Hangings, sadly no longer on display.








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