Museums to re-open next week

Popular visitor attractions across the county are set to re-open next week as part of the easing of Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 12:45 pm
Some of the items on display at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum. Picture by Colin Davison.

Museums Northumberland is re-opening its Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, and also its Hexham Old Gaol next Wednesday, May 19.

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum will be open Monday to Saturday, from 9.30am to 5pm, apart from next Wednesday when it will open at 10am.

Woodhorn Museum, Hexham Old Gaol and Berwick Museum and Art Gallery will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Rowan Brown, chief executive of Museums Northumberland, said: “I know I speak on behalf of all the staff and volunteers at Museums Northumberland when I say we can’t wait to welcome visitors back to our four sites next week.

“We’ve continued to reach out to our audiences during lockdown through digital exhibitions and events, but it will feel really special to have people back in our museums and interacting with our exhibitions and collections.

“This latest stage in lockdown easing means there’s now no need for people to pre-book visits to any of our museums, and to ensure visitors continue to feel safe we’ll have Covid-safe procedures in place.

“To mark our museums’ re-opening to the public, we’re launching a very special countywide exhibition by artist and illustrator Jonny Hannah.

“Titled ‘Northumberland Folk’, it’s a celebration of ​all things Northumbrian, including some of our strangest stories and most curious characters.”

Located in the 13th Century Grade I-listed building in the town centre, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum has a treasure trove of instruments to view. With more than 120 sets of pipes on display from across Europe – including decorative sets from Scotland, Spain, Italy, France, Estonia and beyond – it takes visitors on a musical journey.

It is home to the extensive collection of master clock maker and pipe enthusiastic, William Alfred Cocks, a set of bagpipes said to have belonged to King Louis XIV of France, a miniature set made for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and pipes from the Jacobite Rising.