The Bowes Museum has the richest and most extensive collection of fine and decorative arts in the north of England. Every object is intriguing and interesting, either by virtue of its quality or history. John and Joséphine collected extensively and wisely in the 19th century; later additions in the 20th and 21st centuries saw the same interest and knowledge applied to a wider range of collections, into the fields of English decorative arts, local history and archaeology. Therefore, there is always something to be said about the collections and the ‘Director’s choice’ may not be the ‘best’ or most valuable object in the collection, but one that is significant and throws light on the wider world beyond.
The spring of 2020 posed challenges to museums around the world when, like others, The Bowes Museum had to close its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We didn't want our visitors and followers to miss out on the amazing collection so our Director, Adrian Jenkins, gave virtual tours, full of his personal insight into the couple who created this fantastic Museum, revealing some of the hidden treasures and secrets within the collection and how some of the objects came to be here, including his favourites.
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