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 with Jorvik Viking Centre in York will go ahead in 2020. With the security upgrade, Bailiffgate will be able to borrow important artefacts and paintings from national museums and galleries in the future through the national Ready to Borrow Scheme, bringing cultural objects to the North East for residents to enjoy on their doorstep.
Jane Mann, volunteer, said ‘we are absolutely delighted at the response to this appeal. We are an independent charity and we raise all of our own income just to meet the running costs. We are volunteer led and run and our dedicated team works incredibly hard to bring high quality exhibitions to Alnwick and attract diverse audiences. We are very excited about working with Jorvik for our big summer exhibition in 2020 which we think will be a great day out for both adults and children’.