Packed programme of events for Alnwick museum’s autumn season

Rag rug hanging at Bailiffgate
Rag rug hanging at Bailiffgate

A new programme of events has been launched by an Alnwick attraction as the school holidays come to an end and autumn begins.

The Bailiffgate Museum has announced its upcoming programme. This follows its hugely successful Wild exhibition, which has seen numerous events at the venue, as well as at other locations in conjunction with partners such as the Northumberland National Park.

Museum tots

Museum tots

Volunteer Jane Mann said: “People have a view that museums are stuffy rather boring places but anyone who knows Bailiffgate can confirm that it is an amazing, vibrant and exciting place. We not only offer a state-of-the-art permanent collection on display but also a year-round programme of events which offer great value and interest to local people.”

The final two exhibitions will appeal to lots of people. The Rag Rugging exhibition, which runs from September 9 to October 30, celebrates a traditional craft of Northumberland making the museum gallery a riot of colour and pattern.

The final exhibition of 2016 focuses on local life on the Home Front as part of an ongoing commitment to First World War commemorations. Aptly named ‘While the Lamps Were Wut’ begins on November 1 and will feature a showing of the famous Somme film on November 13.

A new oral history project, Speak for Yourself , will be launched on October 13 with groups and individuals invited to share their stories about growing up in the district.

Proggy mat detail

Proggy mat detail

The Alnwick Local History Society will start again on Tuesday, September 27.

Crafts @ the B continue, with sewing, freeform weaving with the internationally renowned Eta Ingham Laurie; Rag Rugging with Margaret Kenny and Jane Jackson, and Christmas crafts.

Museum Tots continues with the first session on Monday, September 12.

Finally Heritage Open Days are on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, with special heritage craft activities all day to link with the Rag Rug exhibition. Entry is free.

Jane added: “We are working in cooperation with Alnwick Playhouse where children’s events will be taking place. Creative Cocoon at Heritage Open Days will be on at 10am and noon. There will be autumn-inspired storytelling sessions for families in the bar at the Playhouse, led by the Creative Cocoon team in the storytelling chair. Arts and craft activities, face- painting and refreshments are available for the grown-ups. Tickets are £2.50 and must be booked at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk