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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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Information about closing


19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

You can keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be back…