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Sex and the City meets Cinderella at The Bowes Museum

Powerful? Practical? Crippling? Comfy? - whatever your taste in footwear it’s certain to be reflected in The Bowes Museum’s major summer exhibition.   The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, organised by the V&A, which opens on 11 June 2016.   Taking the themes of transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession, it features over 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named...

Boxes, Baskets & Bunny Ears Spell Easter Fun At The Bowes Museum

Egg-citement is in the air at The Bowes Museum, with a superb range of family activities on offer over the Easter holidays.   The action begins with a Family Fun Day on 28 March. In these egg-citing drop-in workshops you can celebrate Easter with a raft of craft activities including: Easter baskets containing a treat; cute lamb and chick pompoms; beautiful bunny ears and an Easter themed hunt. The event runs from 11.00 – 4.00 and is free for children, who must be accompanied...

A British Museum Spotlight Tour From Temple to Home Celebrating Ganesha

From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, a spotlight exhibition developed by the British Museum, opens at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on Saturday 21 May 2016.   Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with approximately 900 million followers. Among the many deities worshipped by Hindus, Lord Ganesha holds a special place in their hearts. The elephant-headed Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu gods, and is known as the creator and remover of...

Make a Pledge for chance to create unique piece of art at The Bowes Museum

A colourful family exhibition, From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, opens at The Bowes Museum next month, and with it comes an opportunity to get involved in the creation of a unique piece of art.   To celebrate the opening of this vibrant show – A British Museum Spotlight Tour - we are proposing to raise £2,000 towards the making of a traditional Hindu welcome and symbol of good luck - a 2½ metre wide Rangoli pattern on the floor of the Museum’s reception hall - using...

The Bowes Museum Achieves National Accreditation

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce that its Archive has been awarded Archive Accreditation.    Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that The Bowes Museum Archive has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and...

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