The Bowes Museum Welcomes Support Of Darlington Building Society

The Bowes Museum Welcomes Support Of Darlington Building Society

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce Darlington Building Society as its exhibition partner for Clockwork Garden, an immersive and interactive show promising a magical experience for all ages, from the national children’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales.

The exhibition - which opens at the end of July and runs until November - is aimed at the young and the young at heart. It begins with a two day festival of art and creativity (30 and 31 July) delivered by a host of actors and entertainers to capture the imaginations of those exploring the fascinating world of automata and horticulture.

To ensure that this intriguing and magical experience is open to all, Darlington Building Society has generously contributed towards a family accessibility programme, complementing the Society’s desire to share profits with the communities they serve.

Clockwork Garden is set to be the Museum’s biggest family draw since Toy Tales, bringing families from far and wide to delve further into this fantastical story with a Clockwork Garden adventure trail, illustrated maps, tasks and creative challenges.

This opportunity to engage with children fits with the Society’s ethos of nurturing children along the savings path via its newly launched the Darly Young Saver Account.

The Society’s support will also benefit members of a young parent group run by Barnard Castle YMCA, which is already up and running at the Museum. Its relaxed and welcoming monthly session includes facilitated play, a craft, snack, singing and a trail round the Museum, which is hoped will inspire the participants to further explore the Museum through the exhibition programme.

Sir Mark Wrightson, Chairman of The Bowes Museum’s Board of Trustees, said: “We are delighted to have Darlington Building Society as our main exhibition partner in this summer’s programme, and we very much look forward to working with them in this, our 125th anniversary year, and beyond.”

Colin Fyfe, Chief Executive at Darlington Building Society, said “The Bowes Museum is an incredible attraction in the North East. The museum should be something the area is proud of, and we at Darlington Building Society are thrilled to be a partner for the summer programme. We wanted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to visit over the summer months, so helping with the accessibility programme felt the right thing to do. We are also pleased we are able to help the parent group and hope that this enables the group to continue for the foreseeable future”.

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Notes to editors:
·         The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.
·         The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum receives support from Arts Council England.
·         The Bowes Museum has undergone major redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
·         The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk
·         Darlington Building Society’s vision is to be a thriving independent, regional building society that creates a feeling of pride amongst its staff, members and community.
·         With 10 full branches throughout County Durham, the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire, Darlington Building Society aims to make a real difference in its regional community.
·         Formed in 1856, the Society celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2016 by giving 160 volunteering days to organisations, helping to raise £160,000 for local causes through a variety of activities and events, and using its resources to help 160 local organisations. In 2017 it announced that it would commit to share 5% of net profits after tax with the local community.

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