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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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The Bowes Museum is closed!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Caf� Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.