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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.


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.


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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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 Café 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.

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.