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  • Museum opening 12/05/2021

    Berwick Museum & Art Gallery re-opens on 19th May 2021.  Initially it will open Wednesday – Saturday, but it is hoped that it may be possible to open on other days during the school holidays.

    One of the attractions which will be on display is the painting “Beach Scene” by L. S. Lowry, which has recently been bought for Museums Northumberland.  There will also be a special exhibition by the artist Jonny Hannah, entitled “Northumberland Folk”, and that will be shown throughout the summer season.


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  • Border marriages 19/04/2021

    An online talk entitled “For Better, For Worse: Irregular Border Marriages on the East Coast” is being given by Linda Bankier, Berwick Archivist, on Thursday 29 April 2021, 7.00 – 8.00pm, as part of Northumberland Archives’ series of talks. Linda looks at where these marriages were held, what they involved, and how they came about. She investigates the priests who performed the ceremonies and discusses the records that survive.

    The talk will take place on Zoom.  Tickets are free and should be booked in advance on the 


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  • Lowry in Berwick 12/04/2021

    When Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.re-opens to the public after lockdown, it will be displaying a painting by L.S. Lowry which has been acquired for Museums Northumberland.  “Beach Scene” (c1960) depicts the beach and sand dunes in the former fishing village of Spittal, and it celebrates Lowry’s long history with the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. It was purchased with the support of Art Fund, the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, and the Guild of Freemen of Berwick, and The Friends of Berwick and District Museum and Archives also made a contribution to the purchase.

    Lowry was a regular visitor to...


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  • Re-opening of Record Office 09/04/2021

    With the April relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, the Record Office will open again for personal visitors.  The timetable will be the same as that in force last autumn.  Opening times are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10.00 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 4.30. A limited number of pre-booked appointments will be available, and social distancing guidelines will need to be observed and facemasks worn.

    Bookings will be handled by Eventbrite (no fees).  Appointments can now be booked for visits starting from Wednesday 21st April 2021.  Follow this link to the site:


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  • Spring Lecture and AGM 27/02/2021

    The FBDMA Spring Lecture this year will be given online via Zoom on Friday 26th March 2021, at 7.00pm.  Linda Bankier, Berwick Archivist, will speak on “Archives Revealed – Unlocking Berwick’s Borough Archives”.  During the last two years, an extensive cataloguing operation, as part of the Twixt Thistle & Rose project, has been providing the means of discovering the contents of the town’s archives.  Linda will explore some of the topics and personal stories which have been brought to light in the course of this work.

    Anyone who wishes to join this online talk should send an email...


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