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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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Please choose an area of activity where you would most like to direct your support, i.e. supporting the upkeep of the Museum, art for young people or bringing the Museum into the park.



 

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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.