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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Coquet Voices Project

By April Bowden | Apr 10, 2019

Last summer, while we were waiting to hear about our OOT project, we acquired a grant from the Community Foundation to run a traditional music and dialect project in Upper Coquetdale. Three local first schools, Rothbury, Thropton and Harbottle were keen to get involved and we appointed James Tait, local musician, Rothbury resident, and writer …

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Meeting Stella Tennant

By April Bowden | Apr 3, 2019

After weeks of synchronising diaries, Hilary and I finally had a date earlier this year to meet the “world famous” Stella Tennant. We were early. Even taking into account an unscheduled visit to the pretty market town of Duns where we definitely did not want to be, we eventually managed via common sense and sat …

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The great Cabbage Controversy

By Dudley George | Feb 11, 2019

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 …

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The Half Shilling Curate

By aprilebowden | Jan 15, 2019

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, …

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Yes it Snowed in December 2018!

By jill.mallen | Jan 14, 2019

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 …

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From the Gazette- 25 Years Ago

By Dudley George | Jan 9, 2019

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 …

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Bailiffgate and the snowfight

By Dudley George | Nov 30, 2018

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 …

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Don’t worry if it’s raining…

By Wayne Hilton | Aug 7, 2018

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 …

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History of the North

By Wayne Hilton | Jun 14, 2018

The famous Rothbury Football on display in Bailiffgate Museum has been selected as one of the 100 most iconic items in the North.   See the whole collection at

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