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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Curator In-Conversation with Jerome Phillips

27 April, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Curator In-Conversation with Jerome Phillips Join Mark Westgarth and 3rd generation antique dealer Jerome Phillips for a lively conversation about antique dealing and the world-famous dealers ‘Phillip of Hitchin’, established in 1884 by Jerome’s grandfather, Frederick W. Phillips.


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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May

Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!