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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.

 


Family fun at February half term

There's something for everyone to enjoy at The Bowes Museum this holiday.

Family fun at February half term

There's lots to see and do for people of all ages at The Bowes Museum this February half term.

With dedicated children's events happening throughout the week, trails and exhibitions galore there's something for everyone at the Barnard Castle based Museum.

Take part in craft days, printing workshops, a fairytale family fun day and coding workshops from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February.  

Explore the Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World exhibition, with fantastic paintings and a fun interactive area, which opens on 1 February.

There are also just a few weeks left to see the Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition, which closes on 23 February together with the LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum trail and there's just time to discover more about the stories behind the Museum in the #Untitled10 2019 trail which finishes on 28 February.


School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

Over 130 youngsters create a soundscape inspired by the paintings in The Definitive Collection exhibition.

School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

One hundred and thirty one youngsters from five Teesdale Primary Schools have taken part in a day of musical celebration at The Bowes Museum.

The children from Butterknowle, Cockfield, Evenwood, Ramshaw and Woodland visited Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection and worked with different specialist artists, partially funded by Arts Council England, to produce, what will become, a soundscape for the exhibition.

They then performed their work in the Blue Picture Gallery for visitors to enjoy.

The day also marked the beginning of a wider community project funded by Teesdale Area Action Partnership and Northern Heartlands.


Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

There's something for everyone to enjoy during this Festive Season.

Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum has decked the halls with festive cheer as we aim to help you relax and unwind and make it easier for you to get prepared in the run up to Christmas. 

With everything from a fun late night shopping event, a yuletide festive lunch with Carols to Santa being in residence and our ever-popular Christmas Market there's something for everyone this year at The Bowes Museum.

The Museum shop is open from 10 to 5 everyday for unique sparkly decorations and other gift ideas and Cafe Bowes serves seasonal locally produced food and drinks daily from 10 - 4.30 daily.

 


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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…