Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Morpeth

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The Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is located in Morpeth Chantry, Morpeth, Northumberland, England.

The museum, founded in 1987, contains a large collection of historic bagpipes, especially, but not exclusively, historic Northumbrian smallpipes and Border pipes, mainly based on the collection of William Alfred Cocks (1892 - 1971). The collection had initially been housed in the Black Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, the home of the city's Society of Antiquaries. The collection also includes a large collection of bagpipe music, both in print and in manuscript, and Cocks's collection of photographs and press cuttings relating to bagpipes; many of these refer to the early years of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society. The current curator is Anne Moore.

The museum provides a venue for the regular meetings of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society. In September 2008, disastrous flooding in central Morpeth forced the successful evacuation of the entire collection. After extensive repairs and refurbishment, the Chantry was reopened the following year, with a visit by the Princess Royal.
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  • For those who think that bagpipes are exclusively Scottish, this is a great place to widen your experience. The different types of pipes,and resulting variety of sounds, are fascinating. The fellow...  more »
  • Found this by chance while walking through the lovely town of Morpeth being Scottish the bagpipe museum has some great detail from countries around the world the displays are exceptional and we'll...  more »
  • In the centre of Morpeth this is the ideal place for Quality gifts unique to Morpeth and Northumberland.
  • Local souvenirs, arts and crafts. Photographs particularly good. Some items overpriced but many are very reasonable. Bagpipe museum is fabulous. History and development of this underrated instrument.
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