Bailiffgate Wins Inspiring Visitors Award

Posted: 27.11.16

Newcastle Great North Museum was the venue for presentation of the 2016 Inspiring Visitors Award to Bailiffgate Museum at a ceremony hosted by Iain Watson, Director of Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums.

Four of the prize winners who collected the award: Gillie Stapleton, Hilary Waugh,  Jill Mallen  and Gillian Powell. 

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Accolades from many local parents helped Bailiffgate Museum beat off competition for their outstanding work with children. Comments recorded included the following:

"Visited the Bailifgate today with four children, from 5 to 9 years old, and after nearly two hours we had to drag them out as they were having a great time and didn't want to leave. Something to keep all kids interested, worth every penny of the small entrance fee"

"I think it is the best playgroup in Alnwick. They use different themes each month and it is the best one and a half hours. The children are never bored. The ladies are superb and have different strengths and go together well."

"Activities for children were excellent"

"Very child friendly"


Jane Mann, a volunteer at the museum, said:

We are very proud that our work has been recognised across the region. The team, for example, created a fantastic array of animal costumes for our Wild exhibition in the summer, which were loved by visitors. In March next year we will be hosting the stunning ‘Illustrating Harry Potter ‘ exhibition and our team is already preparing lots of exciting activities for all ages, including costumes, games and crafts.’


Gillie Stapleton, another of the award-winning volunteers said

 ‘ It was lovely to receive this award and it is good to know our work is appreciated by so many people. We enjoy working together and we all of love working with children. ‘