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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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How did Bailiffgate suck me into volunteering?

By Louise Dawson | Apr 15, 2021

Who would have thought that a sunny visit to Alnwick back in the summer of 2019 and in particular a visit to the Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery would have made such an impact on my life but it did. I was extremely impressed by the welcome I received to the Museum and the informative and …

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Bailiffgate reviews central location

By Dudley George | Dec 31, 2020

An exploratory study will consider the feasibility of turning Alnwick’s historic Northumberland Hall into a museum. Northumberland County Council, the Trustees of Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery and Alnwick Town Council have been in discussions about the possibility of relocating the Bailifgate Museum and Gallery into the more spacious Northumberland Hall in the centre of Alnwick. …

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The birth of our new Bailiffgate Mice

By Hilary Waugh | Aug 17, 2020

Our history mice have been knitted by one of the museum’s Friends . She said she could knit one each night but didn’t want to sew them up, nor did she want to dress them ! So that became my job . Sewing up wasn’t too difficult, and I did them in groups of five …

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Volunteering in the New Reality

By Jean Humphrys | Jun 16, 2020

Bailiffgate Volunteers have kept the Museum going throughout lockdown and have demonstrated very clearly that heritage and culture are so important to people, no matter what is happening in the world. We have been delighted that local people, as well as national and international visitors to our Collections website have found articles, pictures and stories …

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NHS Scrubs for Superheroes

By Dudley George | May 18, 2020

Scrubs for Superheros NHS staff at the Alnwick Medical Group have taken a fresh delivery of scrubs, washbags and face masks made by the Sewing B’s of Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery. Using donated materials, a small team of volunteers have turned their hand to making washable, comfortable, stylish scrubs for local health care professionals.  Each …

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Viking competition 2020 Entries

By Dudley George | Apr 6, 2020

See our 2020 Viking Competition Entries Online Nearly 500 school children took part this year in the annual Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery Art competition. If this had been a normal year, the paintings and drawings of the 10 winners would have been framed and hung in Bailiffgate and every entrant’s illustration projected on the big …

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The White Canons of Alnwick

By jill.mallen | Feb 5, 2020

Latest book by Peter Carter now on sale. Who were the White Canons? Why did 388 years of hospitality and aid to the destitute come to an end? And what had Simon de Montefort’s foot got to do with it? These and many more questions are answered in local author Peter Carter’s latest book, now …

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VIKINGS in Alnwick

Vikings appeal smashes its target

By Dudley George | Nov 10, 2019

Bailiffgate’s special appeal for funds to upgrade their CCTV and security systems has met its target of £6400 after less than 5 weeks since it launched.  Donations from local residents and supporters of the museum and gallery together with successful applications for grants mean that Bailiffgate’s big summer exhibition Vikings Fact & Fiction, a unique partnership …

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A Very Special Lecturn

By Dudley George | Oct 15, 2019

Bailiffgate was delighted to welcome a visitor with a close personal connection to one of the prize exhibits in the museum’s collection.  Margaret Blackwell is the niece of Arthur Shelford, whose death is commemorated with the Mouseman oak lectern.  She travelled from Cheshire to see the memorial to her uncle, Alnwick born and bred, who …

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