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.
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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. …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More