Oral History Project looking for memories of Sir William Burrell and Berwick Museum

Sir William Burrell
Sir William Burrell

Do you remember Berwick Museum when it was on the High Street? Do you remember Sir William Burrell or know someone who does?

Berwick Museum & Art Gallery is opening its doors on Saturday, January 17 and invites people to come and share their memories of Sir William Burrell when he lived at Hutton Castle, and past memories of Berwick Museum & Art Gallery.

A phoenix from the Burrell Collection

A phoenix from the Burrell Collection

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and have been working together with volunteers and teachers over the last few months to find out more about Sir William Burrell and his contribution to Berwick life.

Berwick’s Burrell Collection project now has a trained team who would like to record your memories of Berwick in the 40s, 50s and 60s when Sir William lived at Hutton Castle and Berwick Museum shared a building with Berwick Library on the High Street, where the new Costa coffee shop now is.

The team is interested in any stories you may have, as together these memories will help build up a picture of the Museum and Sir William during this period.

The oral history recordings will be used as part of the interpretation for the new Berwick’s Burrell Collection exhibition to be held at the Granary Gallery. The recordings will also be preserved for future generations within Berwick Record Office.

The new exhibition opens on February 7 and will be open Wednesday to Sunday through to May 4, 2015.

If you would like to share your memories please go along to Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Berwick Barracks on Saturday, January 17 between 11am and 2pm.

If you unable to make this but would like to share your memories please contact Val Tobiass by email at bvalearning@maltingsberwick.co.uk or telephone 01289 333 088.