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Search the Database


If you would like to search the Museum Collection, Library and/or Archive databases click here.


To help you find what you are looking for, please see the notes below:

Notes for searchers

Simple search

This allows you to search all three databases (Museum objects, library and archive) for a single word that appears in the title [or description].

Advanced search

You can search only one database at a time using the Advanced Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.  However, you can search in a number of fields that are not searched using the Simple Search.

Expert Search

You can search only one database at a time using the Expert Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.   However, you can use the drop-down lists to select the field(s) to be searched.  If you want to use more than one field, click on the plus sign (+) to add additional search fields.

Using the search results for the Archives database


Click on the entry or entries you want to look at.  This will take you to the catalogue entry and also show you its place in the whole catalogue (see Hierarchy Browser below the search results).  You can click on the plus sign (+) beside any entry in the Hierarchy browser to see the related entries (at a more detailed level).

If you want to visit the Reading Room to look at any of the archives, please contact us to book a visit and order documents using the reference number. See User Resources.

If you want to request a copy of a document, please see our reprographics policy and/or contact us at libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk and we will:

·        See whether the item can be copied

·        Advise you on possible methods and costs of copying

·        Send you the appropriate order form

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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