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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.

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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.