Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
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Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Bridge Street
NE61 1PD


Discover a very special treasure when you are in Morpeth. 

The Chantry at Morpeth home to the Bagpipe MuseumHoused in the delightful medieval Chantry buildings next to the River Wansbeck is The Bagpipe Museum. It is home to a unique collection of 150 sets of pipes, including the remarkable bagpipe collection of William Alfred Cocks (1892 - 1971), a clockmaker from Ryton, near Newcastle.

• Discover the traditional Northumbrian pipes with their delicate chant
• See how they compare to the Highland and Irish Bagpipes
• Find out how they are made and how pipes have developed over the centuries
• Understand the difference between pipes with bellows and mouth pieces
• Learn about aficionado, expert and collector, W A Cocks
• Move and play Cantaria – a special light and sound feature

Click here to see a few images of the Museum

Click here to search for bagpipe related information and images in the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn.

The pipes collection belongs to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Chantry building itself was founded for a priest to say Mass, pray for Christian souls, and keep a grammar school. He also collected bridge tolls. The school was granted a charter by Edward VI in 1552 and operated until 1846. Since then it has 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.

Bagpipe Museum Opening Times

0930 -1700 Monday – Saturday all year round

Admission free

If you would like to contact the Bagpipe Museum email