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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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 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 so …

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Kathryn Faerry

Publishing in a Covid Lockdown -Seaside 100, 2 Years On

By Kathryn Ferry | Mar 29, 2022

It still feels like a bit of a treat to be able to stand up and speak in front of a live audience so I’m really looking forward to my upcoming talk at St James Centre for Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery. When my book Seaside 100 was published back in Spring 2020 the first Covid …

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Please send us your Holiday Disaster stories

By Dudley George | Jan 15, 2022

I suspect all of us have a tale of when things went disastrously wrong, either when we were a child being taken on a family holiday or as the adult doing the taking. The sort of thing that was far from funny at the time, but in hindsight is hilarious. The 2022 major summer exhibition …

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Bailiffgate Wins Major National Award

By Hilary Waugh | Oct 13, 2021

Yesterday Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery was named winner of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2021 in an online ceremony hosted by art dealer and broadcaster, Philip Mould (BBC’s Fake or Fortune?) pictured above. Run by charity Kids in Museums, the national award is awarded annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in …

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Another Lucky Winner

By Hilary Waugh | Jul 29, 2021

A hugely popular running feature of Bailiffgate with children is our “Hunt the Mouse” competition. It gets them wandering around all 3 floors looking for the elusive mice, and hopefully viewing all sorts of interesting exhibits in the process. We run mouse hunts all year, but in the summer we love to tailor one especially …

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Viking Village in the Marketplace August 8th

By jill.mallen | Jul 27, 2021

On Sunday 8th August a unique scene will greet visitors to Alnwick Market Place – a Viking Village with authentically costumed Norse Vikings in their tents demonstrating Viking Crafts.  Bailiffgate has teamed up with the new leaseholders of the market (Market Place Management Ltd) to organise a special Sunday market with a wide range of …

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Changes (or not) from July 19th 2021

By Jean Humphrys | Jul 19, 2021

The reaction to the current Viking exhibition has been excellent.  News about changes to Covid restrictions from 19th July will enable us to enhance what we offer without compromising the wellbeing and safety of our visitors and volunteers.  There are two very popular activities that were originally planned as part of the exhibition that we are …

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Viking Raid at Alnmouth-Latest

By Dudley George | Jun 28, 2021

An unusual sight greeted early risers last Monday – a Viking invasion at Alnmouth.  Raiders coming in from the sea along the Aln estuary looking for easy pickings or perhaps looking for trade.  All part of the celebration for Bailiffgate’s big summer exhibition, ‘Vikings: Fact and Fiction’. Over 1200 years since the Vikings attacked the …

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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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