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Exhibition of Treasures at Tennants


4 July - 31 August


The Bowes Museum and Tennants Auctioneers collaborated to promote culture and the arts in the North East and Yorkshire.

The partnership launched with The Bowes Museum's exhibition of treasures from its internationally renowned collection of fine and decorative arts at Tennants in Leyburn.

The exhibition incorporated some of John and Joséphine Bowes’ furniture from their Paris homes, as well as displaying some of their purchases for the Museum, illustrating their lives in Paris and their taste and interests.

The exhibition was on view in Tennants’ new exhibition and event venue, The Garden Rooms. It was complemented by a series of lectures at Tennants, given by curators from The Bowes Museum on the fascinating history and collections. In addition there was a private tour led by a curator.

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Talk at The Garden Rooms at Tennants
Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5SG, 11 August, 2.00, £15.00
The Bowes Museum: Past, Present & Future by Dr Howard Coutts, Keeper of Ceramics and Dr Jane Whittaker, Head of Collections.
As part of The Bowes Museum at Tennants series, our speakers will give an insight into the history of the collection from the time when the Founders John and Joséphine Bowes were collecting in earnest for their museum, in the 1860s, to the present day.  They will also be exploring how the collection has contributed to the Museum’s reputation as one of the leading museums of European fine and decorative arts in the country and how the Museum is using the collection to develop new strands of activity in the 21st century to meet new opportunities  for access and partnership.
The afternoon will also include a ‘Behind the Scenes at Tennants’ tour with Jane Tennant, and afternoon tea.

Tour at The Bowes Museum
20 August, 3.00, £20.00 (tickets limited)
As part of The Bowes Museum at Tennants series, we invite you to The Bowes Museum for a Ceramics Preview: A Tour of the Developing Galleries with Dr Howard Coutts, Keeper of Ceramics.  The afternoon begins with tea and scones followed by the tour.
From 5.00 you will be able to view the Yves Saint Laurent – Style is Eternal exhibition.

All tickets are available to purchase from The Garden Rooms reception 01969 621146

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.