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Friends' Events 2015

Visit to Gresgarth Hall Gardens, Lancashire Friday - 29 May, 9.00am

This trip is now full. In case of any last-moment cancellations, however, you are welcome to put your name on a waiting list by notifying the Friends' office.

The Secret World of Charles Dickens - Saturday 20 June 7.00pm

Subtitled 'Mirth, Marvels and the Mysterious' this magic show has a spooky, Victorian twist. Ian Keable, a noted magician and entertainer, has long been intrigued by Charles Dickens, the conjurer. In this humorous and mystifying show, he reveals a secret side of the famous author, recreating his favourite tricks and evoking the strange practices of Victorian psychics. This event takes place at the Glaxo Social Club and proceeds are being shared with the Mayor's Charity. Light refreshments are included.   £10(All)

The Discovery of Richard III's Burial Place - Friday 3rd July 7.00pm

Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the School of Archaeology at Leicester University, tells how the burial was found under a car-park  in Leicester and how subsequent research confirmed that these were the bones of Richard III. It has since revealed much that is new about Richard's life, death in battle and burial in the church of Franciscan Friars in 1485. Lin has been involved in the project since its outset and, with Maev Kennedy of The Guardian, has worked with the research team to write The Bones of The King, recently published by Wiley Blackwell. Drinks and canapés from 6.00pm £15 (Friends £12)

The Friend's visit to Paris - Monday 6 - Thursday 9 July

This trip is also full but, again, please add your name to a waiting in the Friends' office if you would like to take the place of anyone obliged to drop out at the last moment.

A Visit to Whitby Wednesday 15 July 8.45am

We shall visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to see and hear about 'The Kongouro from New Holland' by George Stubbs, exhibited in 1773 following Cook's first voyage to Australia. This depiction of a Kangaroo caused a sensation at the time and has been saved for the nation. We shall then explore Whitby and have lunch (not included) before moving to the Whitby Museum, a wonderful Victorian time-bubble in Pannett Park. Tea on the coach back, arriving around 6.00pm. £28 (Friends £25)

Watch this space for news of more Friends' Events coming soon!

Booking and Information: To book tickets for any Friends' Event or to gain further information, contact the Friends' Office, tel 01833 690606 ext.233 or email:

Tickets may also be booked by completing the Booking Form included in the quarterly "Bowes Arts" and sending it to:


The Friends' Office (Events)
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP


When booking tickets, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope; without this, tickets will have to be collected.

The Friends' office is run by volunteers and it is not, therefore, always possible to speak to someone. However, you may leave a message on the answer phone or in an email and a response will be sent at the earliest opportunity.