SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story

SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story


26 January – 6 May 2019

A groundbreaking exhibition looking at the role of antique dealers over the last 200 years - the first time the history of objects and dealers has been the subject of an exhibition staged in a public museum

 

Featuring 25 stunning internationally important objects, SOLD! will tell the stories of their lives before they became museum pieces.

Items on show include a 9cm high Fabergé miniature table on loan from the Royal Collection, a gilded warrior bought for just £16 in 1960, belonging to the V&A Museum, and a wealth of objects with fascinating stories behind them from all over the country.

Dr Mark Westgarth also curated the 'Antique Dealers: Buying, Selling and Collecting' exhibition opened until the 25 May at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at The University of Leeds. This display reveals the individual character and rich history of antique dealers.Find all details here


 

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Lennox Cato in Conversation with SOLD! curator Mark Westgarth

26 January, 11.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission. Booking Required

Lennox Cato in Conversation with SOLD! curator Mark Westgarth

Join us for this special event where you can hear TV presenter and antique specialist Lennox Cato talk about his career in the antiques business and on television with SOLD curator Mark Westgarth.

Free for pass holders or normal admission, but booking is essential.

Book here.


SOLD! Gallery tours

6 February, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

SOLD! Gallery tours

Join our curatorial team to find out more about our pioneering exhibition SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story.


SOLD! Exhibition tours

19 February, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

SOLD! Exhibition tours

Join our curatorial team to find out more about our pioneering exhibition SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story.


SOLD! Exhibition tours

5 March, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

SOLD! Exhibition tours

Join our curatorial team to find out more about our pioneering exhibition SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story.


Game-A-Thon

9 March, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission, Booking required

Game-A-Thon

Join us for an art-market  themed afternoon to celebrate SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story, Unleash your inner antique dealer playing vintage games such as ‘Swindle’, ‘Masterpiece’, Antiques Roadshow’ and ‘Modigliani’. Free for pass holders or normal admission, booking required. 

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The Bowes Museum is closed!


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.

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 Caf� 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.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

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.