Museum boss moves on

James Etherington Baliffgate Museum.
James Etherington Baliffgate Museum.

A MUSEUM manager who has increased visitor numbers and taken the attraction from strength to strength is moving to pastures new.

James Etherington was appointed project development manager at the Bailiffgate Museum in February 2009 to lead the Coast, Countryside and Communities Project that was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Two years on and the project has been completed and it was a resounding success.

The museum has seen massive increases in visitor numbers, run some very successful activities such as the Whole Day of Heritage sleepovers, some first rate exhibitions including the Norman Cornish at Ninety and the Duke’s School Remember as well as holding events including the Alnwick Art Auction and the Girlguides sing-a-long.

But after completing the project, James will be leaving to take up a position at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

James said: “I have really enjoyed my time here at the Bailiffgate Museum, all of the volunteers, friends and trustees of the museum have been really supportive and I know Bailiffgate will always have a special place in my heart.

“I felt that with the end of my project it was time to move on and give someone else the chance to have the same wonderful experiences I have had over the last two years. I know that whoever follows me will continue to develop this wonderful museum.”

There will be a few months’ gap between James’s departure and when a new manager will be appointed.

In the meantime the museum will be relying on volunteers, which are urgently needed.

If you could spare a few hours a month to help out one of Alnwick’s best attractions contact the museum on 01665 605847 or email

In addition to volunteers the Museum also has a very active Friends group, which raises money through a variety of means.

Funds raised have gone towards the purchase of storage facilities, artefacts for the museum collection and items for sale in the shop.

The Friends are always interested in new ideas and are hoping that some new blood in their ranks would help.

If you would like to get involved, contact the museum.