Museum Delighted To Reach £1m Fundraising Target

Museum Delighted To Reach £1m Fundraising Target

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce its success in reaching a £1m fundraising target within the final month of a four year campaign.

The campaign was launched in summer 2012, following a successful award of £1m under the Catalyst Endowments programme; a joint enterprise between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and Arts Council England (ACE). 

Tailored to bring fresh money into the cultural sector, the programme pledged pound-for-pound match funding for donations made to The Bowes Museum Catalyst Endowment Fund, with the Museum required to raise £1m by the end of June 2016 to profit from the full amount of the award. 

Contributions poured in from far and wide, including Australia, in both large and modest amounts, from more than 800 individual donors, including 300 spontaneous donations from visitors. The success of the campaign means the Museum now has a total fund of £2m to be invested and provide annual income in perpetuity. The revenue generated from the fund will be used to advance the public’s knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and history by underpinning the Museum’s activities, in particular long term curatorial, conservation and educational activities, along with the exhibition programme.

Adrian Jenkins, the Museum Director, said: “The Bowes Museum is extremely pleased to have reached its £1m milestone. We extend our appreciation to the many supporters whose donations contributed to our reaching the target within the allotted timeframe. In addition, we pay tribute to the Museum Friends, who in turn matched the generous pledge of a long term supporter of the Museum.”

Whilst the four-year period of match funding is now at an end, The Bowes Museum’s intention is to continue to build the Endowment Fund with further donations and legacy bequests with the aim of reaching the level of endowment that its founder, John Bowes, originally intended. To find out more about The Bowes Museum Catalyst Endowment Fund please email>
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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!