Bringing the history of Alnwick to life at museum

Alnwick Market Place.
Alnwick Market Place.
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The history of Alnwick will be brought to life as part of a major nationwide heritage event, celebrating the town and the people who shaped it.

Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum is presenting the living history day, If These Stones Could Talk, on Saturday, September 14.

Family activities, town trails, theatrical performances, live music and craft demonstrations will take place at venues across the town.

One of the highlights during the day will be the premiere of two new plays by local playwright, Andy Griffin.

Andy, who was born in Newcastle and now lives in Shilbottle, has always been interested in people and events from the region.

He has collaborated with Alnwick Theatre Club to present the pieces of work.

One is titled In Good Stead and is a moving account of three people who lived in Alnwick and district who were connected by the Titanic disaster, performed in the White Swan Hotel, which has a salon from the Titanic’s sister ship.

The second is entitled Election & Rejection: 1826, about the infamous parliamentary campaign in Alnwick.

There will also be the chance to visit Alnwick’s Masonic Hall, which has an amazing interior, guided by the Brethren, including short talks about the Chevy Chase sideboard and the history of the building.

The Town Hall, in the Market Place, will become a pop-up museum, where visitors will be able to see old photographs, watch hourly screenings of recent heritage projects, design a modern Freeman’s Crest and share their memories of the town.

There will be exhibitions of the Percy Forster drawings of the citizens of Alnwick from the 19th century, as well as the history of the Freemen and the town itself.

The museum will hold activities during the day.

For a full timetable, visit www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

The event forms part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days, which runs from Thursday, September 12, to Sunday, September 15.

A number of north Northumberland venues are involved, including Cragside, the Flodden battlefield and Belford Hall. Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk