Community Projects

Creating a permanent record

Bailiffgate has delivered several community projects in recent years in the local community. Each aimed to highlight and preserve the rich cultural heritage of North Northumberland. Some focussed on a particular street or village. Others recorded personal testimonies of life in the first half of the 20th century. Bailiffgate has also worked with the Western Front Association, creating a detailed record of 1500 men who did not return from World War I. The Speak For Your Self project (supported by the Stan Owen Heritage Trust) trained and supported village history groups to record their heritage. We happily support local communities by providing displays, activities and resources. We also offer a popular programme of heritage talks to local organisations, all delivered by volunteers.

The Out of Town (OOT) Museum is a new project that will celebrate the rural heritage of Coquetdale. It will focus on routes, journeys and travelling. OOT will collect and record memories and stories told in the local voice, along with photographs, audio, documents and other artefacts. New heritage records will be created and archived within the Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery collection and Northumberland Archives. Local voices and dialect will be celebrated,with dialect words contributing to the collection at The Word. OOT will deliver a varied programme of events to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds. This will enable them to participate in/contribute to the OOT Museum as well as learning about our heritage. These will be supported by high-quality interpretation which will culminate in a touring exhibition which will celebrate our rural heritage and share local voices. Memories and stories created will reach about 10,000 people.

If you want to learn more about the OOT project, just visit its dedicated website at:         

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The Out of Town Museum Project has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

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            Clipping time on Shilmoor 1893  (Source : Stan Owen Collection)