Published on 21.04.2024

Childhood memories come alive at Bailiffgate museum’s new exhibition

Take a trip down memory lane as Bailiffgate Museum’s latest exhibition explores The World of Childhood…

The new exhibition which opens on Thursday will provide the visitor with an insight into how experiences have changed over time, by using images, literature, activities and information.

The exhibition has been locally curated drawing inspiration from playful histories. Come along and gain a new perspective on childhood through this exciting exhibition, providing visitors with an opportunity to engage in childhood games and a range of activities.

Leave your mark on the exhibition, by creating your own artefact that can be added to the visitor display wall.

If you are visiting the exhibition you may learn new facts about childhood through the ages, enjoy artwork including some from local artist Stella Vine and literature and poems including a local poet. There will be a range of historical toys and examplesof life at school on display as well as a range of childrens clothing.

There is an exciting range of activities to engage with such as lots of hands on games to play, I spy activities, lift the flaps books, a reading corner with puppets, watch and listen stories and much more but you will have to come to find out.

Our shop has a wide range of heritage toys from Tiddlywinks to Tin Telescopes, Jacks to Juggling Balls not to mention an exciting range of children’s books.

Jean Humphrys, Chair at Bailiffgate says “We are thrilled to be showing the Childhood exhibition and know that children and adult visitors alike will enjoy all elements of the exhibition. A chance to remember some of our favourite things about our childhood and see how things have changed over time.”

Childhood will be displayed at Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery in Alnwick, Northumberland from the 25th April – 8th Sept 2024 (closed Mondays).

Entry is included in the museum admission.

Bailiffgate won the 2021 Kids in Museums Best Small Museum and overall best Family Friendly Museum Awards.

They will continue to display their extensive range of cultural artefacts from their permanent collection.

Pricing: £5 Adults, £4 for Concessions, £1 for ages 5 – 16s and under 5s free!

For a full list of opening hours and events, please visit

Pictured below: Recognise any of these cuties at Alnwick Baby Clinic in 1948?