The Bowes Museum seeks new trustees to reshape it for the future.

The Bowes Museum seeks new trustees to reshape it for the future.

Closing date 31 October, 2020.

With visitor numbers growing steadily, above expectations despite the pandemic and a successful reopening under its belt, The Bowes Museum is now looking for new trustees to help reshape it, to ensure its continued success and that it remains relevant for future generations. 


The Barnard Castle based Museum, which was founded by the philanthropists and art collectors John and Joséphine Bowes, opened to the public in 1892 and became a charitable trust in 2000. 


It is home to the most important collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England. It houses over 30,000 items ranging from fashion and textiles, furniture and ceramics, to silver and metal as well as sculpture and paintings; including the UK’s largest collection of Spanish paintings outside London and many Old Masters. It is also home to the majestic life size Silver Swan, which is one of the most famous working automatons in the world. 


The Museum is a Grade 1 listed building built in the style of a French château, which sits in 20 acres of Grade 2 listed parkland and holds Designated status from the government in recognition of the outstanding significance of the building and its outstanding collection. 


With a reputation for holding world class exhibitions, including the internationally highly acclaimed Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the Museum is now looking for people with energy and a passion for the Arts as well as practical skills and experience to join its board of trustees. 


Peter Mothersill, Chairman of The Bowes Museum, said: “This is a really exciting time to join the Museum as we want to create a more diverse, relevant and inclusive board that reflects the world around us, as we map out the course we’d like to take into the 2020’s. We want to hear from people from all social and ethnic backgrounds, and particularly those with expertise in community relations, education and marketing as well as those with advanced social media and digital skills but no-one is excluded from applying and we’re looking forward to seeing the applications.” 


Trustee posts are entirely voluntary with a basic commitment to attend at least four main board meetings a year as well as the Annual General Meeting. All trustees are expected to join at least one internal committee in line with their particular interests. 


The Bowes Museum pursues a non-discrimination, equal opportunities policy. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. For further information, please apply to: Simone 

Wain, Executive Assistant, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP or email: 




Notes to editors: 


· 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 National Portfolio Organisation receives support from Arts Council England. Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. 

· The Bowes Museum has undergone major redevelopment, 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. 

· 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 03000 262626,

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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!