Double delight for museum

Frances Blezard and Liz Wood with the awards and fellow volunteers at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick.
Frances Blezard and Liz Wood with the awards and fellow volunteers at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick.
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Representatives from the Bailiffgate Museum are celebrating a double dose of good news.

The visitor attraction has received a £10,000 grant for a special project to preserve and celebrate Northumbrian dialect and musical heritage.

On top of that, dedicated museum volunteers have been honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony for their hard work and commitment to the Alnwick attraction.

It is the latest success in what has been a memorable 2012 for the venue, which earlier this year received hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Museum trustee Jane Mann said: “This is an exciting time for the museum and for the communities we serve.”

The museum has recently been awarded further HLF funding – this time £10,000 from the body’s All Our Stories grant.

The five-figure cash injection will allow the museum to collect Northumbrian songs from older people in the area and then archive the music for future generations.

The songs will be passed on through singing groups and sessions. Themed workshops will also be held in schools.

At the end of the project, there will be a final day-long singing celebration with local folk singers, musicians and everyone who has taken part.

Museum trustee Sheila Starks said: “We are delighted to have received this funding for such an exciting project – it is so important that the dialect of the area in songs and rhymes is preserved and that the songs are collected for future musicians and singers.”

Further success for the attraction came at the North East Museum Volunteer Awards 2012 at the weekend, when the team from Bailiffgate took the accolade in the Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer-run Museum category.

It was well deserved too, as the volunteers contribute towards a range of duties and run all aspects of the museum’s work, both in front of and behind the scenes.

Museum trustee Jane Nolan said: “It is fantastic for us to have the recognition of this award. We are delighted.”