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Exhibition inspired by The Bowes Museum showcases designers of the future

9 April - 12 June, 2019

Visitors to The Bowes Museum can see work by talented up and coming designers that's been inspired by our collections.

Students from the Northern School of Art (BA) Textiles & Surface Design degree programme have created an outstanding collection of new surface designs for fashion fabrics, gifts, posters and other products that are being shown against the backdrop of our stunning collections in a number of our galleries.

The exhibition will be open until 12 June, 2019.


Horology expert to visit Chinese Knowledge Exchange event

Matthew Read to talk about the Silver Swan in Beijing

Horology expert to visit Chinese Knowledge Exchange event

The Bowes Museum's horology expert and Director of The Bowes Centre is going to China to take part in a prestigious conference.

Matthew Read will deliver a keynote speech about the Silver Swan, how it works and the challenges involved in its preservation, at the two day event in Beijing focussing on clocks, watches and automaton. 

 


Excitement builds ahead of The Bowes Museum turning into a LEGO® wonderland

LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum, 25 May - 13 October 2019

Excitement builds ahead of The Bowes Museum turning into a LEGO® wonderland

Excitement's building as The Bowes Museum gets ready to unveil its summer exhibition, LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum.

Superb sculptures, thrilling trails and fantastic fun are on the agenda for all who visit as the Museum is turned into a playground of the imagination by renowned Artist and Brick This creator, Steve Mayes.

 

 

 


Outreach sessions for young parents in Cockfield.

Meets on Monday mornings during term time.

The Bowes Museum is holding free outreach sessions for young parents from the Cockfield area of Teesdale.

The education department has teamed up with the YMCA to hold a weekly activity group for under 25's with pre school aged children at Cockfield Community Café.

There are lots of toys on hand for little ones to play with, including baby rattles, instruments, craft materials, books and dolls.

 


SOLD! to shut up shop soon

26 January until 5 May

SOLD! to shut up shop soon

You've just under a month to visit the SOLD! exhibition at The Bowes Museum.

The exhibition charts the rise of antiques dealers over the last 200 years, looking at their relationship with Museums with the story told through more than 30 iconic objects.

We have some exciting and varied events planned in the final weeks of the exhibition.


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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.

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