Museum shuts its doors for revamp

Baliffgate Museum, Alnwick.
Baliffgate Museum, Alnwick.

A north Northumberland tourist attraction will be shutting its doors this weekend for major refurbishment work over the winter.

The Bailiffgate Museum, in Alnwick, will close to the public on Saturday for the ambitious transformation, before reopening in February.

The refit is part of its Heritage at the Heart of the Community project, which last year secured more than £300,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

New displays and improved facilities will showcase the collection and tell the story of Alnwick and the surrounding district, celebrating the area’s unique history and heritage in a range of engaging ways.

It will improve and extend what the museum can offer communities in the area.

The museum has also launched a photo competition, called Shots from the Heart.

The winning pictures will be on show in the museum when its reopens, as part of an exhibition about the commerce of Alnwick town centre, past and present.

The museum is interested in photographs that reflect a cross-section of Alnwick town.

There will be two categories of entry, adult and U18s. For details and to register, visit www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk