We are delighted to announce that Bailiffgate, Alnwick’s award winning museum, is in line for another national award at this year’s Museum and Heritage Awards to be held in London on May 16th. Bailiffgate has been shortlisted for ‘Project on a Small Budget.’

The nomination is for their project delivering Illustrating Harry Potter (2017) - a Seven Stories exhibition featuring over 40 original illustrations from the first Harry Potter book. These images inspired the museums’ volunteers to create a wonderland of hands-on experience for visitors of every age, whether or not they were ardent Harry Potter fans.

Hilary Waugh, one of the volunteers who will travel to London for the Awards with Sarah McGlynn from Seven Stories who coordinates the ceremony said, “It’s very unusual for a small museum like ours to win a national award like this so we are keeping our fingers crossed. We were so fortunate to get the chance to host the Harry Potter exhibition from Seven Stories. We also benefitted from their advice about how to exhibit such precious objects which will stand us in good stead for the future. In addition to Seven Stories we were also helped by Alnwick Castle who loaned us display cases and Charnwood Museum, in Loughborough, who lent us props.”

Illustrating Harry Potter ran for 3 months and broke museum admission records.

Sarah Lawrance, Collections and Exhibitions Director at Seven Stories said, “We are delighted to see that Baillifgate - one of Seven Stories’ touring venues - has been selected for such a prestigious award.  Regional venues and the museum’s volunteers pulled together to bring this hugely popular exhibition to audiences in Alnwick and to we believe the shortlisting is well-deserved”.

We hope you join us in congratulating Bailiffgate on their shortlisting and wish them the very best of luck for the ceremony. 

For further information about the awards please visit the website.   

Also shortlisted in the Project on a Small Budget category

  • Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Illustrating Harry Potter
  • Maidstone Museums, Research & Display of Mummified Remains for 'Ancient Lives'
  • Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, The Whale Weekender
  • The Natural History Museum at Tring, Dodos: Old Bird, New Tricks
  • Heritage Learning with Ferens Art Gallery, Explore Art (Under 5s and Families Gallery)