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Preparations for the re-opening of the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick.
Museum volunteers preparing for the re-opening.

Preparations for the re-opening of the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick. Museum volunteers preparing for the re-opening.

Builders, volunteers and designers are this week putting the final touches to the transformed Bailiffgate Museum, which re-opens next Saturday.

Visitors will be able to look forward to new interactive displays and information panels that tell the story of Alnwick and district from earliest times.

Highlights will include a recreated printer’s workshop, a Victorian schoolroom – and a mischievous museum mouse called Finlay.

As well as creating a tourist attraction, trustees now hope that local people will continue to use the museum as a hub for family and arts events.

A special event is being held for existing Friends and volunteers to get a privileged peek at the new museum before the general public.

In addition, the Friends and Lovers of Bailiffgate afternoon next Friday will allow others to take advantage of a discounted membership scheme.

Any new friends who sign up on the day will pay just £13.50, instead of £15, for free entry to the museum, exhibitions and other events, for themselves and a guest.

The scheme will last until March 31, 2015.

The transformation was funded by a Heritage Lottery Grant of just over £308,000, which included the cost of the three-month refit and the funding of a number of community projects around the district.

Trustee Tom Pattinson said: “The museum looks completely different and there is now so much to see, hear and do. We think local people and tourists alike will love it.

“The new Friends scheme is a real bargain to help local people celebrate our transformation and really get to know the museum. We’d urge anyone from Alnwick and the district to come along on February 14 and show their local museum a bit of love!”

 

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