Bailiffgate to launch major new "Out of Town" project in Coquetdale area

Posted: 18.10.18

Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery has been awarded 285,600 pounds to carry out a major new Out of Town (OOT) project, made possible by National Lottery players and awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).


                           Clipping Time on Shillmoor 1883 ( Source : The Stan Owen Collection)


The grant will enable the award-winning museum to work with individuals and community groups throughout the Coquetdale area to collect their precious oral history. 

The new "Out of Town (OOT) Museum" created  will focus on routes, journeys and travelling. It will collect and record memories and stories told in local voices, 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 so that future generations can easily discover these wonderful stories and heritage.

Jane Mann said “Coquetdale, while stunningly beautiful, is also the most remote region of England. This geography has created a fascinating heritage. The people who remember the past, and speak with the distinct local dialects, are growing older. Time is pressing to ensure that their valuable memories of the old way of life are recorded. That is why this project is so important and Bailiffgate is so delighted to receive this HLF grant"

OOT will also run a varied programme of events and training to interest and people of all ages and backgrounds. The programme will enable them to participate in and contribute to the OOT Museum, as well as learning about the area’s heritage. The project will finish with an exciting touring exhibition celebrating our rural heritage, local voices, memories and storie

Iver Crowther, Head of HLF North East said " Thanks to National lottery players, this project offers a fantastic opportunity not only to take the museum's collections on the road, but also to capture untold stories and the hidden heritage of communities of North Northumberland before they are lost forever".

Jane Mann of Bailiffgate Museum  said “Lots of local people, schools and parish councils are keen to support this project. We will build on the good work that has already been carried out in the area to record the lives of people who lived and worked in Coquetdale.”

Peter Dawson, local resident and historian, said “I am delighted to learn of the grant from the National Lottery to Bailiffgate Museum".