04th December 2018

Bailiffgate wins grant to support the launch of a major new Community Project

Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery has been awarded 285,600 pounds to carry out a major new Out of Town (OOT) project, made possible by National Lottery players and awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The grant will enable the award-winning museum to work with individuals and community groups throughout the Coquetdale area to collect their precious oral history.

The new “Out of Town (OOT) Museum” created  will focus on routes, journeys and travelling. It will collect and record memories and stories told in local voices, along with  photographs, audio, documents and other artefacts. New heritage records will be created and archived within the Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery collection and Northumberland Archives so that future generations can easily discover these wonderful stories and heritage.

Jane Mann said “Coquetdale, while stunningly beautiful, is also the most remote region of England. This geography has created a fascinating heritage. The people who remember the past, and speak with the distinct local dialects, are growing older. Time is pressing to ensure that their valuable memories of the old way of life are recorded. That is why this project is so important and Bailiffgate is so delighted to receive this HLF grant”