History brought back to life at town event

If these stones could Talk - Heritage day
If these stones could Talk - Heritage day

A major event to celebrate a north Northumberland town’s history and the people who shaped it has been hailed as a success.

Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum presented If These Stones Could Talk, as part of last month’s nationwide Heritage Open Days 2013.

It featured family activities, town trails, pop-up exhibitions, theatrical performances and live music and craft demonstrations at venues across the town.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the occasion.

Sheila Starks, who led the day, which was supported by a large team of volunteers from the Museum, said: “It was wonderful and the feedback we have had has been excellent.

“We are very grateful for all the hard work by everyone involved, which has helped us think about and enjoy the amazing history and heritage of Alnwick and find some new insights about the stories that the stones could tell us.”

A centre-piece of the Saturday, September 14, event was the premiere of two new plays by playwright Andy Griffin, from Shilbottle.

He collaborated with Alnwick Theatre Club to present the pieces, In Good Stead, and Election and Rejection:1826.

The Masonic Hall hosted short talks about the building and the annual Chevy Chase event.

Craft demonstrations of rag-rugging and lace-bobbin making took place at the Methodist Church, while the Alnwick Playhouse held behind the scenes and Magical Theatre tours.

The Freeman’s Town Hall became a pop-up museum, where visitors were able to see old photographs, watch screenings of recent heritage projects and record their memories.

Local filmmaker and photographer, Harry Henderson, is currently creating an archive of hidden histories, memories and life experiences of local residents.

Children were able to take part in a variety of craft activities and family trails, including making Percy the Lion.