Alnwick's Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery sets out reopening plans - with two new exhibitions and a mouse hunt for kids

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery in Alnwick is reopening on September 1 – and entry will be free for the first few days.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 11:42 am

A full programme has been arranged for the first month with two new exhibitions; a free form weaving workshop with Eta Ingham Lawrie; and the opportunity to watch Helen Poremba, textile artist, at work.

And children can explore 10,000 years of history and hunt the exquisitely dressed mice from Mesolithic Mice to Swordsmice, Sisters and Friars, Bondager Mice and Pupil mice in the Victorian School Room.

On Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, Bailiffgate is having a ‘soft’ reopening to trial new procedures and then closes for two days before reverting to normal opening hours (10am– 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday) from September 1.

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Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.

Anthropocene, a new stunning and thought-provoking exhibition by international artist Jose Snook, was cut short by lockdown

It is now extended to September 6 giving visitors a second chance to see her imaginative and technically superb photographs.

Climate change and plastic marine pollution have inspired Jose’s two- part exhibition which in Mimesis imagines insect camouflage in a rapidly changing world and in Unnatural Selection imagines the evolution of plastic plankton hybrids.

From September 9, Helen Poremba’s new exhibition, Machine Stitch Art will fill the gallery.

Younger visitors can learn about local history on a Mouse Hunt at Bailiffgate.

Unique, detailed and colourful textile artwork of botanical subjects using free motion embroidery and appliqué; together with a display of 15 antique Singer sewing machines dating back to the 1860s charting the history of the machines and their designer.

Jean Humphrys, chairman of the Trustees, said: ‘We are delighted to be opening again and welcoming visitors with such a varied and interesting programme of exhibitions and events.

"I know that children will love having their very own Mouse Hunter Pack and enjoy fun ways of learning about the history of Alnwick and district.

"Our volunteers have been very creative in adapting to Covid-19 restrictions as you will see when you try the new interactive ‘footling’ activity.”

Anthropocene at Bailiffgate Museum.

Free admission until September 6.

Please visit www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk for full details.

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