Discover the traditional Northumbrian pipes with their delicate chant
Discover Northumberland’s unique musical instrument, the Northumbrian pipes, and see how these small pipes differ from the well-known Highland and Irish bagpipes. Listen to their delicate chant as you browse around the delightful gallery.
Learn about aficionado and expert William Alfred Cocks and see his remarkable collection of pipes from around the world which belongs to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. Find out how this master clock maker devoted his life to the instrument beginning his pipe collection during WWI before applying his fine craftsmanship to making his own instruments. Read how his expertise and experimentation influenced other makers.
Enjoy the atmosphere of the ancient Chantry building. Originally a place of worship, it was granted a charter by Edward VI in 1552 and operated as a school until 1846. Having been used for a wide variety of purposes from a cholera hospital to a mineral water factory, today the building is also home to the Northumbrian Craft Centre.