Museum looks to the next decade

AN Alnwick museum is asking the public to help develop a plan for the next 10 years, almost a decade since it opened.

Bailiffgate Museum will be allowing visitors in for free on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, asking them to become ‘critical friends’ by filling in a questionnaire to help map out the future of the museum.

The attraction is run by a dedicated group of trustees, volunteers and friends and they are now planning for the next decade – a time when there will be little funding around to support museums, culture and the arts.

Much will depend on making the museum a resource that the communities of Alnwick and district, and tourists visiting the area, will see as a jewel in Alnwick’s crown – offering a high-quality visitor experience, providing a wide range of interesting and engaging exhibitions, as well as utilising a distinctive and historic building for community and educational use, schools, family history enthusiasts and local organisations.

The museum is not only looking to bring the past to life but also to be relevant to the present and the future by understanding what people would like to see and experience – so that the museum is well-used, highly-regarded and sustainable.

Over the last decade, the museum has established itself as a centre for preserving and celebrating that culture and heritage of the community, for tourists wanting to know more about the town and as an attractive venue which can be used for events, courses and educational activity.