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blimey! Lucretia opening soon

7 March - 10 May 2020

blimey! Lucretia opening soon

An exhibition which explores the representation of women in culture is set to open soon at The Bowes Museum.

The blimey! collective, a group of female led Darlington artists, took inspiration from The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia exhibition, to delve into the story of the painting of Lucretia to create this immersive exhibition.

Working with groups of people from school age up, they used the act of sewing onto cloth patches as a means to demonstrate reactions to the mythological tale.

Their work will be displayed on dozens of mannequins, which visitors will be able to walk among as they view the project. 

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection extended to 17 May

Popular demand means there's now more time to see the exhibition

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection extended to 17 May

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it's extending the run of the Norman Cornish exhibition due to popular demand.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection is the only exhibition dedicated to the lifetime work of the acclaimed County Durham artist who's work has been compared to Breughel, Rembrandt and the Impressionists.

Visitors to the Museum will be able to see more than 70 works from across his career, including items from public and private collections, some of which have never been shown publicly before.

Cornish worked as a miner for more than 30 years and his work is a chronicle of that time.

Last chance to see Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection.

Exhibition closes at 5pm on 23 February

Last chance to see Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection.

There are just over two weeks left to see Norman Cornish: The Defintitive Collection.

The exhibition features more than 70 of the Northern artists works from across his career and includes intimate family sketches, pastels and oil paintings, some of which have never been shown publicly before.

Cornish worked as a miner for more than 30 years and his work chronicles life in a bygone era, showing a snapshot in time with his images of the pit road, the pub and surrounding streets.



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, 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."

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