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Love, Romance & Sex in First World War Propaganda

As part of The Bowes Museum’s HLF funded First World War project, “To Serve King and Country”, a series of four illustrated talks will take place this autumn on subjects as diverse as romance and propaganda, North East trench art, music and musicians of the First World War and how women’s fashion responded to the War.   Join us for the first talk this Sunday, 18th September, at 2.30pm, which considers how romance and love were woven into propaganda to deliver strong emotional...

The Bowes Museum Achieves National Accreditation

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce that its Archive has been awarded Archive Accreditation.    Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that The Bowes Museum Archive has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and...

Make a Pledge for chance to create unique piece of art at The Bowes Museum

A colourful family exhibition, From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, opens at The Bowes Museum next month, and with it comes an opportunity to get involved in the creation of a unique piece of art.   To celebrate the opening of this vibrant show – A British Museum Spotlight Tour - we are proposing to raise £2,000 towards the making of a traditional Hindu welcome and symbol of good luck - a 2½ metre wide Rangoli pattern on the floor of the Museum’s reception hall - using...

A British Museum Spotlight Tour From Temple to Home Celebrating Ganesha

From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, a spotlight exhibition developed by the British Museum, opens at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on Saturday 21 May 2016.   Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with approximately 900 million followers. Among the many deities worshipped by Hindus, Lord Ganesha holds a special place in their hearts. The elephant-headed Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu gods, and is known as the creator and remover of...

Sex and the City meets Cinderella at The Bowes Museum

Powerful? Practical? Crippling? Comfy? - whatever your taste in footwear it’s certain to be reflected in The Bowes Museum’s major summer exhibition.   The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, organised by the V&A, which opens on 11 June 2016.   Taking the themes of transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession, it features over 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named...

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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!