Saturday 25th March

(morning and afternoon)

  Readings and Reflections over Coffee

10.45am – 12.30pm

The Bowes Museum warmly welcomes everyone to come for a coffee and to hear short presentations on volunteers’ own research as part of the first three years of The Bowes Museum’s First World War Project.  

If you have a story related to your family and the War, we would be delighted to hear it on the day.

As we reach the end of the third year of the Project, the presentations will include short examples from volunteers who have taken part in research online and in original documents, in adding names and information to the Roll of Honour database, written stories for the media and developed their own areas of interest.

The morning is also an opportunity to launch the work of three Northumbria University students, who achieved funding from their university to produce their personal responses to the Project through words, drawings, objects and landscape.  They will be reading extracts of their own prose and poetry.

And you’ll get a preview of talks and events planned for 2017 and some ideas for 2018 and 2019. 

The morning event is free but please do book online at or by telephone 01833 690606 to let us know you are coming.

Talk at 2.00pm on Religion and the War 

This talk in the afternoon is the first of a series of talks and events for 2017The first speaker, Reverend David Youngson, is a retired Anglican clergyman who is an expert on chaplains and their work during the First World War.   On Saturday he will present a general view of how Christian organizations, such as the YMCA, St John’s Ambulance Brigade, the Church Army, the Salvation Army and the Huts Enterprise and other agencies, worked to support troops in the front line and elsewhere.  Says Reverend Youngson,   “The work of Christians on the western front and elsewhere is worthwhile learning about”.

After a break for coffee/tea, David’s talk will be complemented by a contribution from a member of the Project Volunteer Committee, Dr. Denise Coss, based on her post-graduate research.  Denise will talk about the response and expectations of the Church of England to the war and how far church expectations were met.

Tickets for the afternoon talk cost £3 including coffee/tea.  The talk is free for Friends of the Museum and with the normal admission charge to the Museum.  Please book online at or by telephoning 01833 690606.

You will find more about the project on the website  If you’d like to volunteer on the Bowes Museum’s WW1 Project, please email or telephone 01833 690606 (answerphone).
Categories: News

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.