Museum announces its 2015 programme

Jane Jackson's March hare, which is the mascot of the craft fair.
Jane Jackson's March hare, which is the mascot of the craft fair.

From a showcase of children’s artwork to craft classes and a major fair – the Bailiffgate Museum is gearing up for a busy year ahead.

The Alnwick attraction, which has recently opened after mid-winter maintenance, has announced its 2015 programme.

Its first exhibition, opening on Wednesday, February 4, showcases the work the museum does with local schools and toddlers.

It will feature films, books and artwork all produced by first schools at Amble, Hipsburn and Shilbottle and the venue’s very own Museum Tots group.

Other highlights in the exhibition calendar include a poignant First World War-themed display. The commemorative exhibition, to be staged in the spring, will see local groups showing their research on the impact of the war on residents who lived through the years of conflict.

Later in 2015, world-renowned weaver Eta Ingham Laurie returns with the bonus of running one of her popular workshops. Titled The Wonder of Colour, the exhibition is bound to inspire.

The attraction will also host a facsimile of Alnwick’s Magne Carta in May.

The museum is determined to be a leader in heritage craft workshops and will host a series of sewing classes, which continue to draw a loyal following.

Twyne Textile Group will be showcasing its fibre and stitch work towards the end of the summer.

The museum will also hold its regular events, such as the knitters’ group, Museum Tots, Family Fridays and Family History, while Poetry @ the B recommences on Thursday, February 19.

On Saturday, March 21, the museum will stage a craft fair at Alnwick’s Northumberland Hall. Stallholders will include local textile artist Jane Jackson, whose March hare has been adopted as the mascot for the event.

For more information about the events, the attraction and how to become a Friend of the museum, visit www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or call 01665 605847.