Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £10,000 To The Bowes Museum For Its Linking Children To Local Heritage Project

Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £10,000 To The Bowes Museum For Its Linking Children To Local Heritage Project

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Linking Children to Local Heritage: Sharing the Museum’s Roll of Honour with Schools project. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on the impact the First World War had on the local area, taking the Roll of Honour as a springboard.

Between September and November 2016, The Bowes Museum’s Education Team is working in partnership with 16 local primary schools on a WW1 project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project gives the children an opportunity to visit the Museum and explore archive documents and objects relating to WW1 before being inspired to create their own piece of poetry. Following this, each child involved in the project will make a metal embossed poppy which will be combined to make a school wreath. The project culminates with one child from each school taking part in the Barnard Castle Remembrance Day Parade and laying the schools’ wreath at the War Memorial situated in the Museum grounds.

In total the project involves 360 local schoolchildren, giving them the opportunity to participate in a project which will increase their knowledge and understanding of the impact the First World War had on our local area. By using the Roll of Honour as a focus, the aim is to make the project personal to the Teesdale area.

Commenting on the award, The Museum’s Education and Learning Coordinator, Amy Bainbridge, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the funding to deliver the WW1 project at The Bowes Museum. Working with our local schoolchildren we aim to educate them about the First World War and its impacts on the local area, using a range of artefacts and archive documents, and inspire them to respond creatively in the form of artwork and creative writing.”

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About The Bowes Museum

·         The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods. 

·         The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme.  Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.

·         The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.

·         Normal admission to the Museum: Adults £10.50, Concessions £9.50, Students £6.00, Six Month Pass £16.00, Carers and children Free (under 16s).  Admission allows access to exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation or are not a UK taxpayer admission prices are: Adults £9.25, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children (under 16) and carers free.

·         The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk Follow us on twitter @heritagelottery #understandingWW1

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The Bowes Museum is closed!


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.

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 Caf� 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.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

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.