Many of the books on our shelves reflect different aspects of our fascinating local history found in the museum’s permanent exhibition area; from ancient hill forts to the events and technological developments which affected life in the 20th Century.

Titles also include books by a number of local authors such as Tom Cadwallender's new edition of 'Birdwatching on the Northumberland Coast', which includes beautiful photographs of our seabirds, as well as suggestions of walking routes and trips on birdfinding to help you find those secret places. Also in stock is a companion book to the bird watching guide, again produced by the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, Northumberland Coast Path Official Guide Book, which follows our stunning coastline from Cresswell in the south to Berwick upon Tweed in the north. 

Also Harry Hotspur Border Knight by local author Carol Dixon. A full colour biography of a famous and fearless character, immortalised by Shakespeare and a true Alnwick local hero. Carol Dixon was born in Alnwick. She composes Northumbrian songs, writes children's stories and is a regular contributor to the Iona Community Wild Goose publications. 


Bailiffgate Museum have also published some books themselves, including:


Telling the Story of Alnwick & District by Peter Carter.  More than a guide book and more than a history book; this is a “must-read” celebrating the rich and turbulent history of the town and surrounding area. This compact yet wide-ranging work has been meticulously researched.

         (For a useful guide to all the sources and references for Telling the Story of Alnwick please see here

Singin’ Hinnies A book which tells the very human story of an impoverished doctor's family living and growing up in the tiny village of Glanton, North Northumberland, England between 1859 and 1965. Nine surviving Robertson children are educated and make their way in the world through two World Wars. A fascinating account of rural life in a bygone age. Other popular titles on shelf include:


Middlemas – As They Really Were, the Citizens of Alnwick 1831. The detailed portrait sketches throughout this remarkable book were found in the office of Professor Middlemas’ father, a solicitor in Alnwick whose office was opposite The Plough public house in Bondgate Without in 1913.  Safe in a blue file, the sketches had remained undisturbed until Keith Middlemas brought them to life in this book.  Representing a comprehensive cross section of Alnwick Society in 1830’s, they form the frame around which Professor Middlemas has woven this fascinating social commentary.

Old Seahouses by Katrina Porteous. Old Seahouses mainly covers the period 1900 to 1950 when Seahouses was a working town. The sea, fishing, fisher life and fisher folk as well, as the harbour and the lifeboat, therefore dominate the book. It also includes, however images of the town streets almost devoid of life- unlike today when Seahouses teems with tourists. The text, by local author, historian and poet, Katrina Porteous, is rich and informative. We stock other titles by Katrina Porteous and strongly recommend you visit our shop, browse her books and hold our heritage in your hands.

Chillingham is now in stock - the first comprehensive book about Chillingham, it's unique wild cattle,historic castle and church and the family asociated with them since the C12. The book is edited by Paul G Bain and Vera B Mutimer, with a foreward by HRH Prince Charles.

Our wide range also covers the archaeology and history of the region and stories of the men and women who changed it, including:

Max Adam’s The King in the North – The life and times of Oswald of Northumbria (who was also allegedly the model for Aragorn, JRR Tolkien’s king returned from exile)  and:   

Henrietta Heald’s William Armstrong, Magician of the North. Eminent scientist, inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Armstrong built Cragside in Northumberland, the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. He was one of the biggest employers in the North East and is regarded as the inventor of modern artillery.


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