WW1 Commemorative project coming to an end

WW1 Commemorative project coming to an end

To Serve King and Country last day 3 March


The Bowes Museum is hosting a number of events before the end of its poignant WW1 “To Serve King and Country” exhibition.


The Heritage Lottery Funded First World War Commemorative Project is the culmination of five year’s work with the Community and a series of events, displays and meetings have been organised to mark the end of the project.


Judith Phillips, the project’s Research Advisor, said: “It has been an honour to work with the community on creating the Roll of Honour.  We would not have been able to put together such a fantastic exhibition without the donations and loans from people throughout Teesdale and beyond.


“Once the exhibition has closed we will continue to add the names of people who served in the Great War to the Roll of Honour.”


Between 11 and 3 on Wednesday 20 February you can feel the weight of a pistol, see shrapnel and find out more about medals that were awarded during the conflict in a DLI handling session with staff and volunteers from the DLI Study and Research Centre.


Discover more about the research behind the exhibition before it closes, in an informal ‘To Serve King and Country’ Gallery Talk with our friendly project volunteers on Thursday 21 February from 2.15 til 2.45.


You can sample the kind of food people would have eaten during WW1 and find out more about recipes, rationing and food production on the Front line when food historians Jan and Richard Crouch will be hosting a drop in session from 11 til 3.30 on Monday 25th February.  They will also be holding more formal half hour talks at 11.30 and 2.30.


During the First World War, men and women knitted items for soldiers on the Front and in hospital.  We have a friendly drop in Knit and Natter session where people gather to knit and crochet flowers for our community art work hanging and items to send to charities supporting people affected by war. Don’t worry if you can only do a couple of rows as there are experienced knitters on hand to help in the Picture Galleries on Thursday 28 February from 2.15 til 3.30.


On Friday 1 March, there will be a chance to enjoy even more of the exquisite WW1 related embroidery on show in a pop up exhibition of work on loan from the Embroiderers Guild from 12 noon til 4.


A free public meeting will be held on Saturday 2 March, from 10.30 til 12 where volunteers and staff will be updating the community about the project and how it’s been received.


Later that day there will be free talks by leading World War 1 academics called From War to Peace? Aftermaths of the Great War, looking at the legacies of war and the impact on building post conflict societies from 1.30 til 3.45pm. 


Professor Charlotte Alston will be focusing on the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Dr Daniel Laqua on campaigns to transform international life and Dr Andre Keil on the birth of the German republic in 1918/19.  Booking is advisable.


The project is funded by National Lottery players through a £65,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with additional support from Barnard Castle Town Council, Durham County Council and Teesdale Area Action Partnership.


The last day of the exhibition is on Sunday 3 March.


The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information see 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.