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.
It seems that the difficulty of retaining a good fruit and veg merchant in Alnwick marketplace is not as recent as we thought. Problems seem to go back almost 200 years from the evidence of this poster. One can only assume that Earl Grey-whose enormous estate would have employed many gardeners- thought that selling off …Read More
Just seen this new book in the shop. It looks really fascinating. The write-ups say this… Sarah Reay lives in Belsay, Northumberland. At the end of 2016, her grandfather’s story from the Great War was published, The Half-Shilling Curate, A Personal Account of War & Faith 1914-1918. It is now in its 3rd edition. In 1915, …Read More
It snowed! Yes we really did have a fall of snow at the December Museum Tots. Ok it was of the cotton wool variety but it made a magical end to the last Tots of 2018! The children collected the snow after following Santa’s footsteps to the transformed Edwardian schoolroom and joined in singing some Christmassy …Read More
From the Northumberland Gazette Friday December 23rd 1993: “The campaign to establish the Bailiffgate, Alnwick and District Museum received an unexpected boost when Alan Beith MP wrote to the committee expressing his wholehearted support. Mr Beith had picked up the museum’s first newsletter when he visited the Exhibition of Old Alnwick Memorabilia presented by Mr …Read More
This amazing image of the front of what is now Bailiffgate Museum in the snow turned up recently. We have little information about it, however. There is no mistaking our distinctive pillars and gates. At the time these would have been the gates of St Mary’s Catholic Church. There are several intriguing aspects to the …Read More
There is lots to do at Bailiffgate, even if it’s raining. Along with two floors of interesting exhibits on the history of the Alnwick area, there is also our festival of Toys and Games this summer. As well as all the many features and exhibits around 100 Years of Toys, there is also a further …Read More
Thre are many different and useful courses to come in 2018, including an exciting innovation in the Japanese craft art of BORO Traditional Japanese boro cloths have a beauty like no other. Each cloth tells a unique story of its journey through life with patches carefully sewed on and reinforced with stitching, often …Read More