Festive fun at museums

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PARENTS can get their children involved in some cracking Christmas activities at two county museums over the next two weekends.

At the Chantry Bagpipe Museum in Bridge Street, Morpeth, children’s craft sessions will take place from 10am to 2pm this Saturday and on Saturday, December 21.

They will be able to take home a seasonal decoration or perhaps even a beeswax candle.

Admission to the museum, which features bagpipes from around the world as well as Northumberland’s own distinct pipes, is free.

With support from parents, children can make simple but effective Christmas decorations on Saturdays and Sundays up to Christmas at Woodhorn.

The museum re-opens in the New Year at 10am on Thursday, January 2. From then until Sunday, January 5 (between 11am and 1pm and 1.30pm and 3.30pm), young people will be able to turn their hand to making paper bag lanterns.

Admission to the museum is free – all-day parking costs £3.

Meanwhile, Woodhorn has announced the appointment of its first guest curator.

Chris Wild, known to hundreds of thousands of followers around the world online as The Retronaut, has been engaged thanks to support from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association.

His role at Woodhorn will be to find new ways to share some of the fascinating and unique content from the Northumberland Archives collections with a wider audience, one which may have never before considered visiting a museum or archive.