The Bowes Museum appoints Director
The Bowes Museum appoints Director

The Bowes Museum appoints Director

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that Hannah Fox has been appointed to take up the role of Director in May 2022.

The Trustees appointed Saxton Bampfylde, an executive search company, who conducted an international search for the new Director. After a series of intensive interviews with impressive

candidates the Trustees, supported by Arts Council England and Durham County Council, were extremely pleased to appoint Hannah.

She brings a wealth of experience to the Museum combining cross-sector knowledge, together with a passion for enabling access to museums for all people. Hannah’s expertise is exemplified by her leadership of the successful  18m transformation of The Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and a UNESCO

World Heritage site, into the UK’s first Museum of Making. She is active in the cultural world as a practitioner and mentor for international arts and culture social

impact programmes with US-based National Arts Strategies and the Center for Social Impact Strategies, University of Pennsylvania. Hannah has been an Advisory Board member for museums including Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, The Horniman and the Museum of Homelessness. She is a

Board member of The Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds. Hannah Fox says: “I’m honoured to have been chosen to become the Director of The Bowes Museum and to lead the Museum through its next chapter. I’m confident that its exceptional staff, trustees and supporters are well placed to face the opportunities ahead and I relish the chance to help make The

Bowes Museum dynamic and resilient. I’m committed to developing this incredible museum to be widely recognised as a cultural leader that meaningfully serves its community.”

Peter Mothersill, Chair of The Bowes Museum Trustees says: “The Trustees are thrilled to announce Hannah’s appointment as our new Director. She has shown through her extraordinary work that she is more than capable of building on the extraordinary legacy of our founders, Josephine and John Bowes, to

transform this unique Museum for the benefit of our community.” 

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnership, says: “There are so many inspirational tales of women whose spirit and determination shine through in the north east. Josephine Bowes, who conceived of and built The Bowes Museum, is one such example. The Museum shelters, preserves and shares Josephine’s collection and it’s exciting that it will now be led by a woman. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we welcome Hannah Fox to County Durham and look forward to working with her on the county’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025. Securing this title

THE BOWES MUSEUM would attract millions of visitors to County Durham and the wider region, create thousands of jobs, and allow us to offer even more opportunities for people to be creative and engage with arts and culture.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Bowes Museum is one of many cultural organisations from across the North East backing the Durham 2025 campaign, which aims to secure the prestigious title of UK City of Culture 2025 for the whole of County Durham. To find out more about the campaign and how to get involved, visit

2. The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Jos phine 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.

3. The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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