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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SOLD! Gallery tours

21 March, 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! Gallery tours

4 April, 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! Gallery tours

2 May, 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 before it closes on 5 May.


Tea with David Harper

16 March, 2.15-4.00, £15 Adults, £14 FOBM, £7.50 Children (under 18's)

Tea with David Harper Join TV’s David Harper for a fun afternoon of antiques antics. Enjoy stories of rare finds, fakes & fortunes and life behind the camera. Why not bring along your favourite item and David will select his favourites to star in his talk. Ask him your questions over a cup of tea, and then enjoy a visit to Sold! 

Book here.


Printing Patterns

22 February, 11:00 – 4:00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Printing Patterns

People of all ages can have a go at creating block patterns in this printing workshop led by the education team.  All materials will be provided


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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

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