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The Bowes Museum to receive more than £700,000 from Culture Recovery Fund.

The money, from the second round of the Government award, is to help the Museum reopen and recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bowes Museum to receive more than £700,000 from Culture Recovery Fund.

The Bowes Museum is thrilled to announce that it is to receive £704,161 from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund.

The award will help the Museum become more financially secure, undertake audience research and development, create a classroom and shelters in the grounds, hold more events and activities for all in the parkland and expand the outreach work it does with schools and care homes in the wider community.

The Museum is among more than 2,700 organisations to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. 


Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

Even though the doors are closed, there's lots going on in the grounds and online for you to enjoy!

Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

There's lots of eggciting fun for everyone with The Bowes Museum this Easter.

Although the main doors may be closed, there are lots of events planned, including a return of the socially distanced outdoor guided tours and another virtual family fun day where you can join Julia Dunn 'live' from inside the Museum as she guides you through creating 3 different items inspired by our founders John and Josephine's magical love story, all from the comfort of your own home.

With two trails to enjoy in the grounds and various craft activities online, there's something for everyone to keep boredom at bay during the holiday.

For details about these and much, much more please click the 'Read more' button!

 


The Bowes Museum receives heritage stimulus grant.

Fund will pay for a full condition survey of the main grade 1 listed building.

The Bowes Museum receives heritage stimulus grant.

The Bowes Museum has received £20,000 from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, administed on behalf of the government by Historic England, to carry out a full condition survey on the grade 1 listed main building.

The survey's findings will help develop a five-year maintenance plan and the Museum will start a fundraising campaign to carry out any necessary work.

The Museum has appointed the York based specialist firm, Ferrey and Mennim to carry out the survey from March. 


February fun with The Bowes Museum

The Museum takes all its half term events online for you to join in with.

February fun with The Bowes Museum

Join in the fun with The Bowes Museum this February half term, all from the comfort of your own home!

The Museum is taking its half term arts and crafts activities all online, with daily YouTube tutorials from Saturday 13th of February until Friday 19th February.

Then you can join in a live virtual family fun day on Saturday 20th February, where our education team will join you live from the Museum to take you step by step through creating four different crafts inspired by items in the collection, ranging from an origami house to a monkey! 

To take part in the virtual family fun day, you need to register online by 12 February, so you have time to receive a free craft kit that will help you make the items in the tutorials.


The Bowes Museum Christmas Market to go ahead!

11th, 12th and 13th December 2020

This year's annual Christmas Market can still go ahead in the grounds of The Bowes Museum as planned.

The Museum has been liaising with Durham County Council so the ever-popular event in the regional calendar can still take place from Friday 11th until Sunday 13th of December. 

Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas as they wander around more than 50 artisan stalls selling a wide variety of wares ranging from unique and handcrafted goods to fresh food and drinks.

Santa will also be making a special appearance on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of December.

 


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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.