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Going Green


What are we doing?

Here at The Bowes Museum we are committed to providing a good quality service whilst minimising the environmental impact of our activities.

Park and Gardens

A full survey of the grounds took place in 2008. A large number of birds, plants and trees were recorded within the twenty acre site.

Your ideas

We are always interested in hearing what your thoughts are on environmental issues, please email us at info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk.

Monitoring

One of the ways to help reduce our environmental impact is to assess what we are already doing. Monitoring of waste and energy consumption is now common practice at the Museum.

Supplier Screening

To encourage other business to consider their environmental impact we research companies and suppliers to assess their ‘green credentials’ before employing them.

Cleaning the environment

We now source cleaning products that don’t contain bleach and the handwash in the toilets is phosphate free – better for you, better for the environment.

Recycling

The Museum recycles paper, card and glass bottles and we are now beginning to compost waste from the kitchen.

FairTrade

Café Bowes now uses Fairtrade coffee beans. 

Local Produce

Local Head Chef, Davey Babooram is passionate about local food and sources many ingredients locally including meat, fruit and veg, dairy products and bread.

Local Crafts

In the shop you can enjoy a variety of gifts including photographs, books, confectionery, drinks and jewellery produced by people in the region.

Car Sharing

Like many of you who visit the Museum, we also try and share our travelling to the Museum. Many of the staff now drive to work together while others walk to work and some cycle.

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Information about closing


19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

You can keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be back…