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27 & 28 March 10.00 - 4.00

Come and find out more about what makes a clock tick by watching horologist Matthew Read work on one of The Bowes Museum’s longcase clocks.

The mahogany cased, neo-classical style clock dating from the 1780’s was made by Harrison’s of Newcastle and has been on view in the English Interiors Gallery.   It is about to undergo conservation in the Blue Picture Gallery.

Clock specialist Matthew will be joined by the Conservation team and over two days they will carefully take it apart, assess its condition and repair it before assembling and oiling it to get it going again.

Visitors to the Museum will be able to watch the whole process and ask Matthew questions about both it and queries they may have about their own clocks.

Matthew Read, horologist, said: “A recent study into historic craft practices found that horology is on the endangered list with a declining number of people to pass skills onto the next generation. Hopefully by performing this conservation in the public space of the gallery it will not only put a beating heart back into the room but also entice more people to try out the trade or take an interest in the technology behind a clock.”

Matthew will also be giving a talk about clock conservation on 27 March at 11.00, which is a drop in session where people can find out more.

The Bowes Museum is open daily from 10.00.  A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk  

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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

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