Museum looks to the future after major funding boost

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.
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Major funding has been awarded to Alnwick’s award-winning Bailiffgate Museum, which will allow it to expand its education, events and exhibition programmes.

The town-based facility, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the heritage of Alnwick and district, has been granted £44,570 from Arts Council England’s Museums resilience fund.

The cash is a big boost for the venue and the money will be used to enhance and develop a number of aspects of the museum.

This will include upgrading its gallery area as a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, as well as improving the audio-visual systems, which will allow visitors to access more archive films, photographs and oral-history recordings.

On top of this, a new events/exhibition schedule will be drawn up, while a schools’ programme will be developed to help children learn more about their heritage.

Some of the funding will be invested in training the volunteers who run and lead the museum.

The recent Arts Council funding, which was announced earlier this week, comes on the back of a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2012, which allowed the attraction to undergo an impressive refurbishment.

The latest cash boost will help the new-look venue, which reopened in 2014, to add to its offering.

Trustee Jane Mann said: “We are delighted to be one of the museums chosen to receive this award.

“It will allow us to complete the transformation of our building begun under our Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

“Bailiffgate’s story just keeps getting better and we hope this funding will mean even more people will get to share in the museum experience.”