Museum needs your help with timeline

Baliffgate Museum, Alnwick.
Baliffgate Museum, Alnwick.

Volunteers and trustees at an Alnwick museum have made a rallying call for people to join in with a social history project.

The team at the Bailiffgate Museum wants to create a timeline which will show significant points through the ages, mapped to national and global events, but personalised to the life of Alnwick and District.

To do this, they want to find out more about people’s homes, villages and towns and ancestors – both recent and late.

It comes on the back of the attraction scooping a grant of more than £300,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will go towards refitting the museum, among other projects.

Jane Nolan, a museum trustee, said: “The timeline comes as part of the museum’s refit and the museum needs the help of people in communities across north Northumberland for this project.

“People of Alnham, Alnmouth, Amble through to Warkworth and Wooler and all villages in between, everyone is included in this call to action.

“There are so many questions we want answering.

“We know who had the second telephone in Alnwick – but who had the first one?

“The Rock Estate knows when it first got electricity, do you know when your house or street got connected?

“What about the first hairdressing salon to be set up?”

Other topics include interesting or unusual family histories, when and where were the last hinds and bondagers working on farms and whether a famous person has lived in your house.

Jane added: “The team at the museum would love to have the answers to these questions and many more stories and the facts – and they need the people and communities of Alnwick and District to share them and help put together what should be a fascinating timeline for the refitted museum.”

The museum was awarded £308,500 from the HLF in September to go towards its Heritage at the Heart of the Community project.

This will focus on the museum’s permanent collection, the photographic collection and a future oral history project, while a number of community projects are also in the pipeline.

Anyone who can help with the timeline should email the museum at with timeline in the subject.

Alternatively, call 01665 605847.