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Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World


© The Fitzwilliam Museum, CambridgeUntil 8 November 2020

Come and see how the Victorian's imagined a world of fairy tales, fantasy, myths and legends.

This exhibition will include paintings from prestigious UK collections including the Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery  and Manchester Art Gallery featuring maidens in distress, knights in armour, saints and chivalry with romance and whimsy in galore.  

The Pre-Raphaelite movement was a secret brotherhood of painters, writers and poets who rebelled against the promotion of painters like Raphael, whose work they thought looked unreal.

Along with paintings by Rossetti, Millais, and Holman Hunt among others, there will also be suits of armour, illustrated editions of books by William Morris and Alfred Tennyson and interactive displays.


© The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Pre-Raphaelite Knights Gallery Virtual Tour


We had just announced the extension of this popular exhibition for those who hadn't got to see it or just wanted to see it again when we were struck with the threat of COVID-19. If you would like to see more about the Pre-Raphaelite Knights exhibition and learn more about the authors of these magnificent paintings and their meanings before your visit, please watch the video below. 

 

 

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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.