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Easter fun at The Bowes Museum

9 April - 23 April 2019

Easter fun at The Bowes Museum

We've got lots of egg-citing events happening over the Easter holidays at The Bowes Museum.

Come and join in the fun, from taking part in an Easter egg hunt, to nature trails and even an Alien Beach Party there's something for everyone to enjoy!


#Untitled10 2019 Open Call

#Untitled10 2019 Open Call

The Bowes Centre is looking for contemporary crafters from across the North of England to take part in a new exhibition, #Untitled10 2019.

The Bowes Centre, which is based in The Bowes Museum, is hoping to build on the success of #Untitled10 2018, which saw works by 10 artists placed around the Museum, often beside objects or items in the collection that had inspired them.

People interested in taking part have until 29 March to apply in curatorspace.com, with an information day being held on 26 March.

 


Clock this....

27 & 28 March 10.00 - 4.00

Clock this....

Watch horologist Matthew Read as he takes one of The Bowes Museum's longcase clocks apart and carefully restores it to working order over 2 days.

He'll be joined by members of the Conservation team in the Blue Picture Gallery as they work on the mahogany neo-classical clock from the 1780's.


Goya’s Prison: The Year of Despair

23 March – 23 June 2019

Goya’s Prison: The Year of Despair

Visitors to The Bowes Museum have the chance to see an in depth exhibition focussing on a small but career defining painting created during a turning point in the life of the Spanish painter Goya, before a group of the Museum's key Spanish paintings go on loan to The Meadows Museum in Dallas in September.

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, has curated this show, which looks specifically at the Museum's The Interior of a Prison.

This work was created after a tumultuous period in the painters life when he became severely ill and although he eventually recovered he was left profoundly deaf.


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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…