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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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 info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, 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…