1840s Big Brother, a creative programme of events at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland

In brief

Issue 111/09, p7, 01.09.2011
Story Museum architect - Big Brother initiative - Collections Link upgrade - Berwick museum floods
Story Museum architect

The Story Museum in Oxford has moved a step closer to opening a £3.5m visitor attraction and learning centre after appointing architects Purcell Miller Tritton to design the facility. The centre is scheduled to open in 2014 to coincide with Oxford’s attempt to become Unesco’s World Book capital.

Big Brother initiative

Experts from Northumberland Archives and the Woodhorn Museum were on hand for five days last month to make 1840s Heritage Big Brother, a creative programme of events designed to give 50 young locals a taste of 19th-century rural life. While resident at Featherstone Castle, in Northumberland, the participants performed tasks and filmed themselves for a documentary that will go into Woodhorn’s archive.

Collections Link upgrade

Collections Link, the online tool for museums and heritage professionals, has revamped its website. The site boasts a broader interface with mobile devices and social networking, as well as a subject-orientated structure that will help people search under their area of expertise.


Berwick museum floods

The Berwick Museum & Art Gallery will operate with reduced opening hours for the rest of the season following water damage to its attic storerooms and first-floor Burrell Gallery. The museum’s fine-art collection has been moved to the nearby Woodhorn Museum for safe-keeping. The Berwick-upon-Tweed museum, which opens seasonally and closes at the end of this month, will reopen at Easter 2012.