Busy times at the museum

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.

Special tours for the tourism trade, showings of a video capturing a historic football game and a recital from a celebrated performance poet – it’s all go at the newly-refurbished Bailiffgate Museum.

The Alnwick attraction, which reopened its doors earlier this month following a major transformation, has a varied set of events lined up.

On Monday, tourism business owners in Alnwick and district are invited to attended the venue, at either 1pm or 3pm.

The offer is aimed at anyone in the area running a hotel, bed and breakfast, cafe or other tourism-related business.

They will be given a tour of the revamped building, as those involved with the museum aim to put it firmly on the must-do list for visitors.

Attendees will also receive vouchers for their customers and goody bags.

One of the main attractions of the new museum is a Victorian classroom. Today, the venue is opening its doors to schoolteachers in Alnwick and district to give them a glimpse.

Meanwhile, to honour Alnwick’s Shrovetide football match, which is being played on Tuesday, the museum is currently showing a film about the historic annual fixture.

With a mix of archive, as well as modern-day footage, Harry Henderson’s Lads and Lasses of Alnwick is a celebration of the unusual tradition which takes place every year and will be screened on the venue’s new jukebox. The DVD is also available to buy from the gift shop.

Visitors to the museum can also see the cover of the now-iconic Be-Ro Recipe Book, which was first published in 1923. Be-Ro, one of the country’s most famous flours, had its origins in the Alnwick district.

On Thursday, March 6, the museum hosts poet, Simma. The session starts at 7.30pm and admission is £3, including wine.