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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 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!