North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions


20 March 2021 - 19 September 2021

This exhibition will celebrate the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years. 

North Country quilts have been made throughout the region for over 200 years, with characteristics including patterns being stitched through the layers, subtly creating softly sculptured surfaces.  

Contemporary textile artists now reference this tradition within their work, which will be reflected in the exhibition. 

Other examples will include a 19th century strippy quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother, wholecloth, pieced and chintz quilts as well as coverlets and much more. 

Curated by Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum's Curator of Fashion and Textiles, and Dorothy Osler, Author and Exhibition Consultant, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue. 

Related Exhibition Merchandise


North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions Catalogue

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions Catalogue - £7.95

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions by Dorothy Osler accompanies The Bowes Museum’s 2021 exhibition of the same name. The 68-page, large format publication features each of the 26 quilts on show in double-page spreads. The full-page colour illustrations are accompanied by stories of where the quilts were made and who made them.

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North Country Quilts: Legend and Living Tradition Catalogue

North Country Quilts: Legend and Living Tradition Catalogue - £11.95

North Country Quilts: Legend And Living Tradition by Dorothy Osler accompanied the first 2000 exhibition of the same name. This 88 pages, full colour catalogue has been reissued for the new, up and coming North Country Quilts exhibition at The Bowes Museum.

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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.