Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum
Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum

Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum

Teesdale quilt to become part of the North Country quilt collection.

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce it has successfully won a quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother at auction.


The quilt, made by Elizabeth Bayles, will become part of the Museum’s internationally recognised North Country quilt collection.


It was one of twenty two lots, thirteen of which were quilts, from Hannah Hauxwell’s estate that came under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers on Saturday 9 February.


Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion and Textiles, said: “I felt strongly that this particular quilt is very important, both artistically and historically.  It is a very attractive colourful ‘Strippy’ quilt of printed cottons, which has then been quilted with traditional patterns and, very unusually, signed with the initials E.B.  This stands for Elizabeth Bayles, who lived in the Hunderthwaite area of Teesdale all her life. 


“The Bowes Museum does not have an example like this, we have ‘Strippy’s’ made of plain fabric, usually red and white.  I am delighted that private donations have meant that we can keep one of these quilts that belonged to Hannah Hauxwell in Teesdale.”


Hannah Hauxwell shot to fame in the 1972 Yorkshire TV documentary, ‘Too Long a Winter’, about her life at Low Birk Hatt Farm in Baldersdale without electricity or running water. She moved to Cotherstone in 1988.


Her executors have donated a large framed photograph of Hannah Hauxwell standing in front of High Force to The Bowes Museum.  It is signed and dated by the cameraman who filmed her for Yorkshire TV.


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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!