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The Bowes Museum receives heritage stimulus grant.

Fund will pay for a full condition survey of the main grade 1 listed building.

The Bowes Museum receives heritage stimulus grant.

The Bowes Museum has received £20,000 from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, administed on behalf of the government by Historic England, to carry out a full condition survey on the grade 1 listed main building.

The survey's findings will help develop a five-year maintenance plan and the Museum will start a fundraising campaign to carry out any necessary work.

The Museum has appointed the York based specialist firm, Ferrey and Mennim to carry out the survey from March. 

February fun with The Bowes Museum

The Museum takes all its half term events online for you to join in with.

February fun with The Bowes Museum

Join in the fun with The Bowes Museum this February half term, all from the comfort of your own home!

The Museum is taking its half term arts and crafts activities all online, with daily YouTube tutorials from Saturday 13th of February until Friday 19th February.

Then you can join in a live virtual family fun day on Saturday 20th February, where our education team will join you live from the Museum to take you step by step through creating four different crafts inspired by items in the collection, ranging from an origami house to a monkey! 

To take part in the virtual family fun day, you need to register online by 12 February, so you have time to receive a free craft kit that will help you make the items in the tutorials.

The Bowes Museum Christmas Market to go ahead!

11th, 12th and 13th December 2020

This year's annual Christmas Market can still go ahead in the grounds of The Bowes Museum as planned.

The Museum has been liaising with Durham County Council so the ever-popular event in the regional calendar can still take place from Friday 11th until Sunday 13th of December. 

Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas as they wander around more than 50 artisan stalls selling a wide variety of wares ranging from unique and handcrafted goods to fresh food and drinks.

Santa will also be making a special appearance on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of December.


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.



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