Other town attractions urged to sign up for annual event

An Alnwick museum is calling on other town venues to take part in the annual Heritage Open Days initiative after being impressed by the response to its free-for-all this year.

The Bailiffgate Museum was one of hundreds of attractions nationwide to open its doors to the public for free this month.

The independently-run museum, staffed by volunteers, normally charges £4 entry, but waiving that fee prompted an influx of visitors eager to find out more about the past of the town.

One visitor, Laura Auty, said: “We came to Alnwick especially because of seeing the Bailiffgate Museum on the Heritage Open Days website.”

Museum spokesman Dudley George said: “We hope that it will encourage other Alnwick venues to take part next year.”

For further information on the Heritage Open Days scheme and how you can get involved, go online and visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk