Once upon a textile
Once upon a textile

Once upon a textile

26 January 2019, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Your first blanket, christening robe or granny’s old teddy, all these things can hold sentimental value and The Bowes Museum would love to find out more about the textiles that matter to you.


Our textile conservator Cecilia Oliver, is holding an informal and relaxed story sharing day where you can bring in your cherished items and tell us more about them as well as find out how best to clean and store them to preserve them for the future.


Cecilia said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to share stories about their items, whether it’s an old football shirt with a smudge of mud down the front from that blocked goal attempt or a much loved thread-bare teddy.


“We’re hoping to create a record of the items that matter to the people of Teesdale so we’ll be filming the sessions as we find out about the object’s history and why it’s important to them.”


Sessions are being held on 26 January 2019 from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. They are free to attend but spaces are limited so please book on our website www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

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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.