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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.
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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.

Opening Hours

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - Closed *

Wednesday - Closed *

Thursday - 9am - 5pm

Friday - 9am - 5pm

Saturday - 10am - 2pm

Sunday - Closed

Bank Hols - Closed

* Although we are closed on Tues and Wed, we are on site and working. We have a lot of work ahead, so this enables us to work without interruptions, improve our efficiency and reduce our lead time.


We will be CLOSED week commencing Monday 21st Sept for routine maintenance.  We will be back to our normal hours week commencing Monday 28th Sept.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Tuesday 8th Sept  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


During very busy periods we feel the need to stop taking in new work in order to catch up on our backlog. Now is one of those periods, so we have made the decision NOT to take in new work for the remainder of September other than that already organised. Our landline will be available on which to leave messages whilst we're on the premises and we'll get back to you with an answer to your query as soon as we can. This action reduces interruptions and helps us get on with the work in hand. I know this isn't ideal for everyone . . . but it's better than the alternative. Thank you for your understanding.

AN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM is now in operation for incoming orders and collections, so please CONTACT US IN ADVANCE to arrange an appointment . . . preferably by phone (landline or mobile) or by Facebook PM, email or text. SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES should be followed; please sanitise upon entry and we require you to wear a mask to help do all we can to protect each other. SAFE, NO CONTACT COLLECTIONS can also be arranged.

Stay SENSIBLE, SAFE and HAPPY . . . please!
Mick & Amanda. XX