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Explore The Archive


The archive material falls into three main categories:

●  The records of John and Joséphine Bowes, the Museum’s founders, relating to their life in France including John’s interest in the Théâtre des Variétés, their collecting activities and their involvement in planning and building the Museum.

●  The records of the Museum’s administration from John’s death in 1885.

●  Miscellaneous records relating to the Bowes family or the Museum

The archives (except the miscellaneous records) have generally been catalogued to series level.  Work is in progress, thanks to a National Cataloguing Award, to catalogue correspondence and bills to item level - Search the Database.

The archives can be consulted in the Reading Room which is open to the public on a two-week rota.

For further information, you can contact the Archivist:

libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

01833 690606 ext. 208


The Archivist, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP

The Archive Catalogue was produced with support from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives

History Of The Archive


Quick Contents Guide


Top 20 Archive Documents


The Bowes Museum is closed!


All of us at The Bowes Museum are really sad to announce that we have had to close until Wednesday 2 December in line with new national restrictions.

As a result, we have been forced to cancel events that were due to take place during this time. If you have a ticket for an event or entry to the Museum before this date, you will be contacted to arrange a refund or to make an alternative booking. All Christmas activities including the Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto are expected to go ahead as planned.

Happily, we are still able to welcome walkers and cyclists to the Park and Gardens as usual, including the Playground area, and cars will be admitted between 10.00 and 4.00 daily.

We have so loved welcoming people into the building again, safely enjoying our displays, eating in Café Bowes and browsing in our shop, so please in the meantime keep safe and we hope to see you back again soon.

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