A museum specialising in bellows piping has been featured on a leading BBC radio programme.

The Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, pictured, in the north east of England was featured in a segment on the BBC Radio 6 breakfast show.

Presented by Lauren Laverne, the programme has been featuring some of the most exciting, interesting and unusual museums all over the UK. The museum’s Anne Moore talked of the set of French bagpipes thought to have been owned by Louis XIV (the Sun King). She said: “We think it used to be owned by Louis XIV. We found a picture in Versailles which looks as though it depicts our instrument, but at the end of the instrument it’s decorated with a sunburst, which means it was the device of the Sun King.”

The Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum specialises in the Northumbrian pipes but also includes instruments from around the world. It is housed in a 13th century building which overlooks the River Wansbeck on Bridge Street in Morpeth and is open from 9:30am-5.00pm from Monday to Saturday.

Celtic Connections is to put Scotland’s rich oral traditions in the spotlight this January as part of a specially commissioned strand of events for the Year of Stories 2022.

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‘Whisper the Song’will see a week of five captivating shows featuring storytellers, poets, writers and 20 high-profile musicians, exploring the oral tradition of passing stories down through generations, alongside the creation of exciting new tales.

Celtic Connections takes place in Glasgow from January 20 to February 6, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at www.celticconnections.com