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Once upon a textile

26 January 2019, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Once upon a textile

If you have an old cherished fabric toy or favourite piece of clothing then The Bowes Museum would love you to get in touch.

Our Textile Conservator is holding sessions to learn more about the items that matter to people and will be able to give advice on how to look after them to ensure their longevity.


Catch CATWALKING while you can!

CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore Closes 6 January 2019

Catch CATWALKING while you can!

Come and see our fantastic CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore exhibition before it closes on 6 January.

Featuring more than 200 original photographs alongside over 40 of the outfits featured in the shots by designers ranging from Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Chanel to Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood.


WW1 exhibition presented with painted metal plates from the Front line.

WW1 exhibition presented with painted metal plates from the Front line.

The WW1 exhibition 'To Serve King and Country' has been presented with some beautiful painted metal plates that were on the Front line.


Christmas market at The Bowes Museum

Christmas market at The Bowes Museum

Enjoy traditional fairground rides, cheering live music and warming mulled wine as you browse the stalls of 70 handpicked local suppliers at our annual Christmas Market.

This family favourite returns to The Bowes Museum on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December.


Fashion industry pioneers gather at The Bowes Museum

Catwalking Live and In Conversation

If you’re interested in fashion and want to find out more about the industry, how to break into it and what really goes on behind the scenes then The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is the place to be on Saturday 8 December.


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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.