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For general enquiries please contact Reception on +44 (0) 1833 690606

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP

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Mr Peter Mothersill - Chairman
Councillor Joy Allen
Mr Mark Blackett-Ord
Dr Keith Bartlett
Professor Stefano Cracolici
Mr Christopher Davy
Mr Tim Harrison
Mr Stephen Howell
Mr Christopher Oughtred
Miss Susan Palmer OBE
Mr Ken Partington
Mrs Caroline Peacock
Mr Jonathan Peacock
Mr Michael Robinson

Director’s Office
Director – Adrian Jenkins
Assistant to the Director – Leigh Shaw  01833 694613

Marketing & Communications
Marketing Manager – Rachael Fletcher  01833 694600
Marketing Assistant  – Leo Rotaru 01833 690606
Media & PR Officer - Alison White 01833 694616

Education & Learning Coordinator – Julia Dunn  01833 694602 

Curatorial Team
Head of Collections – Dr Jane Whittaker  01833 694618
Curator of Fashion & Textiles – Joanna Hashagen  01833 694608
Keeper of Ceramics – Dr Howard Coutts -  01833 694607
Project Curator - Bernadette Petti - 01833 690606 ext 210
Events Coordinator – Rosie Bradford   01833 694615

Exhibitions Team
Exhibitions Manager - George Harris - 01833 694 603
Exhibitions Officer - Vincent Shawcross – 01833 690606 ext 206
Exhibitions Assistant - Catherine Dickinson - 01833 690606 ext 211

Textile Conservator – Cecilia Oliver 01833 694601/694609

Library & Archives
Archivist - Judith Phillips 

HR & Business Support Officer – Matthew Innes -  01833 690606 ext 213

Finance Department  01833 690606
Fundraising Officer – Alison Nicholson 01833 690606 ext 217

Shop  01833 690606 ext 225

Café Bowes  01833 694605

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Information about closing

19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

You can keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be back…