Bailiffgate Museum

Coordinates: 55°24′58″N 1°42′37″W / 55.4162°N 1.7102°W / 55.4162; -1.7102

The Bailiffgate Museum is a small independent museum in Alnwick, Northumberland, England dedicated to the history of Alnwick and North Northumberland. It is staffed by volunteers.

Introduction

The museum is located in one of the oldest parts of Alnwick and is close by Alnwick Castle. It is housed in St Mary's Church, dating from 1836, with the original organ still intact. The museum has a mixture of traditional displays and hands-on activities aimed at all ages. Six especially themed displays capture the heritage of this historic region.

Collection

Bailiffgate Museum’s collection is specific to Alnwick and District with the majority of items in the collection relating to local social history. The collection includes a variety of agricultural objects, domestic items, railway items, coal mining artefacts, printing objects, a sizable photographic collection, paintings, and the bound volumes of The Northumberland Gazette.

The collection boasts of local newspapers that date back to the late 1800s. These newspapers are a part of a rich research area that is available to the public by appointment. The research area gives access to the 1881 Census and British Isles Vital Records Index, a range of local history books, and a variety of other research materials.

Community and schools

The museum has close links with the local community and schools and lots of different activities are offered for schools and educational groups.

Exhibitions

The museum has a policy of encouraging local artists and holds frequent exhibitions of their work - for details see their website.

Stella Vine

Artist Stella Vine grew up in Alnwick, has exhibited at the Bailiffgate Museum and donated three paintings to the collection in 2004.

Two of the paintings were autobiographical. One painting called The Rumbling Kurn (2003) shows part of the Alnwick shoreline near Howick beach, whilst 27 Clayport Gardens (2004) depicts Vine in a pram as a child "outside her grandmother's old house". The third work depicts Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour called Belle (2004) is a painting with collage, with a ribbon and a small cut out ink jet print of a bee, stuck on to the painting.

In July 2006, Vine returned to the museum to hold a family art workshop People Pets and Places at the Bailiffgate Museum.

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