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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!


Creative Apprentices success at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is celebrating the success of its Creative Apprentices as one lands a job at another prestigious Museum and others are promoted.

Apprentices undertake a two year course, where they work across different areas of the Museum's operation, to get a full feel of the environment from Front of House to Exhibitions. Certificate training sessions are provided by Sage Gateshead and Gateshead College.


Summer Fête

9 June, 11.00 - 4.00

Come and join the party as The Bowes Museum celebrates it's birthday on 9th June with a day of fun and festivities.

There will be live music, local food vendors, a chance to enjoy the LEGO® trails and get top tips from Steve Mayes, who designed our fantastic LEGO® models himself and lots more!

Visitors will get a reduced rate entry of £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, free to pass holders and Friends of The Bowes Museum.


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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.