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The Framing Department

Ventex House
01665 600901

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What we do

Bespoke Picture Framing

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Glass Cutting

Cut to order...
2mm clear float
UV Protected 
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Mount Cutting

Cut to order...
Whites, Creams & Colours
Acid Free White Core 
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Frame Making

Made to order...
using mouldings from a comprehensive range of profiles and finishes. 
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About Us

Our framing is carried out to suit the requirements of your particular job. This includes a multitude of subjects such as prints, photographs, fabrics, original media (watercolour, oil, pastel etc.), 3-D items, sports shirts and memorabilia etc. There is very little that can't be framed these days. Please come and talk to us about your work, and we will explain what we can do and prepare a quote. We also hand finish mouldings (and occasionally mount boards) using paints and waxes to achieve some superb finishes.

Some clients know exactly what they’re after, whereas others haven’t any idea at all. There will be no pressure and no obligation to proceed whatsoever.

It is often possible to source specific materials for a specific job.  You could even supply your own paint which we can then apply to a moulding, and distress or wax etc.  The possibilities are extensive.
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Picture framing in Alnwick

The Framing Department is a family owned and managed picture framing business based in Ventex House, on the Willowburn Trading Estate in Alnwick. Husband and wife team Mick and Amanda Davison work together to provide a friendly, high quality, bespoke picture framing service with easy public access  and parking.

Mick has been framing since 1986. He was joined by Amanda in early 2006 when they set up and opened The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth, before concentrating solely on picture framing again in 2014 and relocating to Alnwick in May 2015.
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What we use

Framing Materials

We have a large selection of materials on display and in stock from which you can choose to frame your work. As always, advice can be given to help you decide which materials to use, but there is never only one way to frame  an item.  Ultimately we all have our own ideas, tastes and preferences, and every home is different.
black frame


Picture framing is a huge and varied business.  There is a wide variety of mouldings on the market which come from many manufacturers and suppliers :   oak, ash and other plain woods, black, white, coloured, silver and gilt etc. finishes in a host of profiles and widths.  

We also supply bespoke extruded aluminium frames for that slick, clean finish.


We use white core acid free mount board as standard and also stock several extra thick boards and black core boards.  We can also supply other specialist boards as and when required.
mount colours
Glass & Mirror

Glass & Mirror


We currently stock 4 types of 2mm float glass :
- Standard clear.
- Standard non-reflective - MATOBEL, with one acid etched face.
- UVP99 - clear float glass which cuts out 99% of harmful ultra-violet rays.
- AVR70 - a very high quality non-reflective glass which also cuts out 70% of harmful ultra-violet rays.

The choice to make depends on the level of vision quality or UV light protection you require. We can also supply 3mm and oversize float glass (in excess of 4 feet in length) if required. Naturally, we cut our own glass, re-glaze framed works (after accidental damage for example) and supply glass for any other frames you may have.


In addition to glass we also supply cut to size 3mm and 4mm mirrors and standard sizes of bevelled edged mirrors.


We will be CLOSED on FRIDAY 6th May and for the w/c Monday 8th May

We'll be back to our usual opening hours and procedures
w/c Monday 16th May.  Emails and Facebook messages will be intercepted and replied to when possible.

Thank you.
Take care and speak soon.

UPDATE : 30th Nov-21  

Once again we are OPERATING NORMALLY . . . if there is such a thing as normal?

As I have said to many of our clients recently . . . it has taken over 35 years for me to realise that discussing framing jobs by appointment is an excellent procedure.  It was introduced to help protect us all from the Covid virus but is now our STANDARD PROCEDURE.  It gives you, our client, time to discuss your job without the pressure of someone waiting to do the same behind you, and helps us to plan our time more effectively.  We should have done this years ago.

So . . . please give us a call at your earliest opportunity to arrange a convenient day and time to discuss your particular job.  The necessary information and contact details are opposite.

We would appreciate it it you would continue to sanitise upon entry and wear a mask.  Please take care, and we thank for your patience.


NB: Contact us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you have something you would like us to frame for you. You don't even have to have the work in your possession; you may be waiting for it to be delivered, completed etc. When you call you will be added to our order book and an appointment will be arranged. See the details below and opposite.


of opening are as follows :

TUES & WED : CLOSED . . . 
but we intend to be in and working
  from 9pm until 5pm.
(You may leave a voicemail)

THURS & FRI : OPEN 9 until 5 . . .
but please make an appointment
if you wish to discuss your framing job.
(You may leave a voicemail)

SAT : OPEN 10 until 2 . . . 
but please make an appointment
if you wish to discuss your framing job.
(You may leave a voicemail)



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