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A celebration of fashion gets off to a cracking start with The Bowes Museum Lates! on Thursday 27th June – a fantastic opportunity to experience the Museum after hours in the first of a series of late night openings, each with a different theme.
Come along between 6.00 -10.00pm and for just a fiver you can experience a wealth of fashion themed entertainment. Explore fashion by talented young local designers, take a fashionable tour, meet the experts and take a peek behind the scenes of the Picture Stores, access the Fashion & Textile Gallery’s stunning glass cube and take part in our photography competition. Enjoy some tapas and cocktails in Cafe Bowes, and explore all the Museum’s galleries at a relaxed pace, including the Tim Walker: Dreamscapes exhibition, which has featured widely in the national and regional Press. Walker, whose photographs have entranced readers of Vogue for over a decade, is widely acclaimed for his surreal and extravagant settings, which are shown to huge effect in this exhibition as they are displayed in light boxes.
If that has whetted your appetite then put on your classic glad rags and join us for The Big Vintage Picnic from 10.00am - 4.00pm on Sunday 30th June. Shop for vintage clothes and retro home-ware, browse the handmade jewellery, fashion, ceramics and wooden items and meet the makers, treat yourself to beautiful plants and hand-made cosmetics and enjoy an ice cream from Millie the retro van.
A range of stalls will offer delicious local meats, cheeses, bread, cakes, chutneys and a range of hot food, so why not bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic in the Museum grounds, washed down with draught beer from the Black Paw Brewery, or a freshly mixed milkshake.
Events Co-ordinator Rosie Bradford said: “The Big Vintage picnic is a brilliant chance to enjoy everything The Bowes Museum has to offer, whilst shopping for a unique outfit and relaxing in the gardens with truly outstanding food and drink.”
The Big Vintage Picnic is a free event, with free parking, in the Museum grounds. But why not venture inside to see the Tim Walker: Dreamscapes exhibition.
Alongside the first of the late night openings on 27th June, we are launching the 1892 Club for Young Friends of the Museum. Sponsored by Tennants Auctioneers, the club is aimed at school leavers to mid-thirties. There’ll be an opportunity to view the above Tim Walker exhibition, plus the Jeremiah Dixon: Scientist, Surveyor and Stargazer exhibition, as well as the chance to hear about what the Young Friends has to offer and to have your say on the kind of activities you’d like to take part in.
Those interested should contact Francesca Young on 01833 694613 for further information, or contact her at email@example.com
The Bowes Museum, Café Bowes and Shop are open daily from 10.00. A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
• 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 the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
• The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was 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.
• Normal admission to the museum: Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children Free (under 16s). Admission allows access to all exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation admission prices are: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.70, Six Month Pass £12.50, Children (under 16) and carers free.
• 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