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North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

20 March 2021 - 19 September 2021

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it will be holding an exhibition from March 2021, showcasing some of the remarkable North Country quilts it has added to its collection in the last 20 years.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions follows on from the hugely successful North Country Quilts: Legend and Living Tradition, which the Museum held in 2000.

Visitors will be able to see examples of wholecloth, strippy and chintz quilts, with fabrics dating back to the 1790s as well as pieced quilts, coverlets and much, much more. Items from the collection on display will include, among others, a quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell's grandmother and a beautiful replica of an original 1930s Northern Industries Workrooms quilt made by Evelyn Jones and Elsie Gibson, who worked in the 'factory' in Barnard Castle and demonstrated their craft during the last exhibition.

The Bowes Museum showcases Regeneration exhibition by Martin Kinnear about the year the world ground to a halt.

21 November 2020 - 28 February 2021

The Bowes Museum showcases Regeneration exhibition by Martin Kinnear about the year the world ground to a halt.

The International award-winning Northern artist Martin Kinnear has produced Regeneration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It’s a powerful and moving take on the year the World came to a halt, about what happens when plans are cancelled, futures are placed in doubt and the life-affirming power of change. It’s about beauty and hope and the restorative power of contemplation and features a 16-foot high animation at its centre, inspired by High Force waterfall in Teesdale. 

It’s a humane and thoughtful artistic critique by the Wensley-based artist, who is nicknamed ‘Lefty’ after a stroke 15 years ago at the age of 35, which left him paralysed down his left side. He took Paris by storm in 2018, scooping the prestigious Medaille d’Argent at the Salon Des Beaux Art.

Fun for half term and the run up to Christmas at The Bowes Museum.

We've lots going on for you to join in!

Fun for half term and the run up to Christmas at The Bowes Museum.

If you're looking for inspiration this October half term holiday or for things to do in the run up to Christmas then The Bowes Museum is bound to have something for you.

We've got a packed events programme over the coming months for you to look forward to, including: loads of children's crafts, a drive-in cinema, the return of Santa as well as our not to be missed annual outdoor Christmas Market.

Book your tickets now to guarantee you can join in the fun.

The Bowes Museum seeks new trustees to reshape it for the future.

Closing date 31 October, 2020.

The Bowes Museum is looking for new trustees to join its board to help guide it forward and ensure its success for future generations.

People with energy and a passion for the Arts as well as practical skills and experience are invited to apply as the board aims to become more diverse, relevant and inclusive, reflecting the world around us as it maps the way forward for the 2020's.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.


Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World

Extended until 8 November 2020

Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World

Visitors to The Bowes Museum now have until 8 November to enjoy the Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World exhibition.

The exhibition, which opened in February, explores myths and legends through the eyes of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a secret band of Victorian artists, writers and poets who rebelled against the Royal Academy's promotion of the work of Raphael.

The Museum is delighted that individuals and institutions including the Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery have agreed to extend their loans of paintings, books, sculptures and more featuring maidens in distress, knights in armour, saints and chivalry for visitors to see.



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The Bowes Museum is closed!

All of us at The Bowes Museum are really sad to announce that we have had to close until Wednesday 2 December in line with new national restrictions.

As a result, we have been forced to cancel events that were due to take place during this time. If you have a ticket for an event or entry to the Museum before this date, you will be contacted to arrange a refund or to make an alternative booking. All Christmas activities including the Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto are expected to go ahead as planned.

Happily, we are still able to welcome walkers and cyclists to the Park and Gardens as usual, including the Playground area, and cars will be admitted between 10.00 and 4.00 daily.

We have so loved welcoming people into the building again, safely enjoying our displays, eating in Café Bowes and browsing in our shop, so please in the meantime keep safe and we hope to see you back again soon.

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