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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.

Support us


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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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

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