The Bowes Museum > Exhibitions > 2013 > The Anglo-Saxons in the North

The Anglo-Saxons in the North

31 July 2013 - 31 December 2013

The Anglo-Saxon Display offered an interesting insight into the history of the Anglo-Saxons in the North East of England.

The display included items from an Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Andrew’s Hill of the 6th century AD, near Easington, discovered in 1991. Although the archaeological finds were damaged by over 250 years of agricultural activities, many interesting pieces were recovered and found, including two exceptional cruciform brooches, hinting at early ties to Christianity. The pieces are elaborate, and show the skill and creativity of the early Anglo-Saxons. There is little evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlements in the North East, making these discoveries very significant.

Another of the objects, a fragment of the Wycliffe Stone Cross, is included in ‘A History of the North East in 100 Objects’ along with The Bowes Museum itself. View these items at Found in 1778 by Marmaduke Tunstall of Wycliffe Hall, the 8th Century fragment was ‘re-discovered’ in 1933 by a curator of The Bowes Museum. A faint inscription gives us an insight into a dialect of the Northumbrian region, the former Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Bernicia.

The display included examples of Anglo-Saxon book illustration in a volume showing facsimile pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels and a reconstructed pot, found at Catterick and dating from the 6th century, on which the crude decoration is still clear.



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.