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Song gifted to The Bowes Museum

Musician reworks version of #Untitled10 2018 exhibition piece to be permanently installed in Music Room.

A new version of the sound installation, created as part of the #Untitled10 2018, exhibition has been gifted to The Bowes Museum.

Musician Kit Haigh was supported using public funding by Arts Council England to rework "Song", the piece of music he made for the Bowes Centre.

The title comes from a slip of manuscript found inside the Haxby square piano, which had been there since it was built in 1794, it is simply called "Song".

Visitors to the Museum can currently enjoy the original version in the Music Room and will be able to hear the new composition from 4 July.

 


Vote for Hannah!

Our Lead Visitor Assistant is shortlisted for Durham Tourism Superstar 2019!

Vote for Hannah!

We're really excited to announce that our Lead Visitor Assistant, Hannah Fawcett, has been shortlisted to become Durham Tourism Superstar 2019.

The prestigious awards are organised by Visit County Durham and finalists are chosen by a panel of industry professionals with the public having the final vote.

Hannah is up against four other candidates for the title.  Voting closes at noon on Friday 5 July.

 


The Bowes Museum is thrilled by the continued support of Darlington Building Society.

The partnership will allow the Museum to expand its work in five key areas.

The Bowes Museum is thrilled by the continued support of Darlington Building Society.

The Bowes Museum is excited to announce the continuation of its successful partnership with the members of Darlington Building Society.

The partnership, will support the Museum in five key areas, including being the exhibition partner for our summer blockbuster, LEGO®: Building the Bowes Museum as well as extending our accessibility and education programmes.

 

 




Frances Priest: Influences of the East

22 June - 15 September, 2019

Frances Priest: Influences of the East

The Bowes Museum is thrilled to be showcasing the most recent work by the Edinburgh based ceramicist, Frances Priest.

The artist potter is inspired by different cultures, places and periods in history and she creates intricate and colourful objects that celebrate her fascination for ornament and pattern.

Her work will be interspersed around the Museum's collection, complementing and contrasting with items chosen by our curator of ceramics, Howard Coutts.

Frances Priest: Influences of the East will be open from 22 June until 15 September.



Could you become a guiding light at The Bowes Museum?

More volunteer guides are needed as the number of tours is expected to increase.

Volunteer guides take more than 4,000 people on guided tours around the Museum collections each year and this year the number of tours is expected to increase.

So now, a call's going out asking for more people to volunteer to become a guide.

If you're outgoing, friendly and enjoy telling a story then it could be just the thing for you!


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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…