Behind the Scenes at Bailiffgate

Our museum blog below features updates and stories about the work of Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery. This includes both activities in the museum itself and our community projects. These my involve working with a particular street or area to gather personal stories and facts about the community. They may also involve creating a database on a particular topic. Our well-used World War One database on our bailiffgate collections website is a good example of this. 

Generally a blog has been written by one of our volunteers, so that you can gain a real-life picture of what it is like to do volunteer  work at Bailiffgate. 

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Exciting New Project for Bailiffgate

By Louise Dawson | Mar 2, 2024

Heritage at the Heart of the Community – This is Alnwick Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery is pleased to announce that over 5 years the museum and gallery will be receiving £374,395 to fund our “Heritage at the Heart of the Community – This is Alnwick” project. The project will over the next five years allow […]

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Record Covers a Smash Hit

By Dudley George | Mar 1, 2024

We thought that Steve Goldman’s amazing collection of record covers would prove popular, but certainly not how amazingly so. Following coverage on BBC Look North we had over 5000 people visit this website to find out more about it. Weekly attendance records for Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery- even those set by our Harry Potter exhibition […]

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The Wonder of Ladybird Books

By Matthew Smith | Oct 29, 2023

Have you ever held a second hand book in your hands and wondered about who used to own it and how it came to be there? While tidying up the baskets of books for our Wonderful World of Ladybird Books Artists exhibition, I became fascinated by the many stories these books have to tell about […]

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How old do children have to be to enjoy Bailiffgate?

By Frances Blezard | Apr 14, 2023

Intrepid reporters Thea and Eva set out to investigate… Having volunteered for years at the museum and listened to so many children of all ages enjoying themselves, it was the turn of my own granddaughters Thea aged 3 ¾ and Eva aged 1 ¾ . On Saturday we visited, and I had the wonderful experience […]

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Alnwick Civic Society’s Kind Donation

By Mick Grant | Feb 1, 2023

Pictured : Chair of Alnwick Civic Society Peter Reed (far left) donating one of the large-scale maps to Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery Chair Jean Humphrys In 2021 Alnwick Civic Society undertook a project with the Historic Towns Trust, and a number of local community groups, to develop and publish a historic map of Alnwick and […]

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Adeline’s Magic Finger Wins the Ghost Hunt

By Dudley George | Nov 15, 2022

Adeline from Cumbria was the proud winner of this year’s Bailiffgate Ghost Hunt. The competition ran over the school half term weeks of Scotland and England. Participants had to find the 24 ghosts hiding around Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, encouraging children to look carefully all around the exhibits. The prize was a gift voucher for […]

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A Delayed Publication

By Mick Grant | Oct 5, 2022

About 4 years ago the museum was contacted by an American author who was working on a book about the lives of sisters, Louise and Ida Cook. In the 1930s the sisters had helped to rescue a large number of Jewish people from Nazi Germany and Austria. The author, Isabel Vincent, knew that Louise and […]

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How George Wilkin helped saved lives

By Dudley George | Sep 20, 2022

A feature of the recent Heritage weekend was an exhibition of Alnwick residents who had turned their hand to inventing something useful. One of these was George Wilkin, who was working as a plumber in Alnwick in the mid-1800’s. This date is extremely relevant, as the great Alnwick cholera outbreak took place in 1849, taking […]

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Make new Friends, Learn new Skills

By Louise Dawson | Apr 15, 2022

“I moved up to Alnwick in November 2019, but had visited the museum earlier in July.  I was so impressed that I became a Friend and volunteer, and within a few months a Trustee and the Company Secretary.  The team at Bailiffgate never cease to amaze me. Their enthusiasm, passion, camaraderie and friendliness makes volunteering […]

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