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Mrs. Bowes’ Magnificent Salons: The Social Life Of Joséphine Bowes

13 March, refreshments served at 10.30, talk to start at 11.00, £12.00 Adults, £10.00 Friends

Mrs. Bowes’ Magnificent Salons: The Social Life Of Joséphine Bowes

A Parisian magazine enthused about the salons and parties given by Joséphine Bowes in the 1860s, but Paris under the Second Empire has a reputation of being full of ‘froth, sex, greed and sumptuousness’. Where does Joséphine fit in?  What do we know about her social life?  How and where did she entertain?  Who were her friends?  Who did she meet and greet?  How did she try to break into the social life of the Imperial court of Napoleon III?

Join Judith Phillips, the Museum’s Honorary Archivist, to learn how the archives can shed light on these questions about Joséphine’s social life.


Durham Singers

22 June, Time and Prices tbc

Durham Singers

We are pleased to announce a summer concert performed by the fabulous Durham Singers, who regularly perform at Durham Cathedral. This will be their first concert at The Bowes Museum, in the splendid Picture Galleries. The concert will take place in the early evening, with summer nibbles and drinks.

The Durham Singers were founded in the early 1970s in the tradition of other great chamber choirs around the UK. Their core aim is to put on concerts of largely unaccompanied music and to build an enthusiastic audience through imaginative programming and top quality singing. Julian, the Choirmaster, has already researched and developed our music for this evening’s performance and has chosen French and English pieces.


Understanding Scottish Country Houses and Estates Today

28 February, refreshments served at 1.45, talk to start at 2.00, £10.00 Friends, £12.00 Guests

Speaker Dr Annie Tindley, is a senior Lecturer in Modern British History, at Newcastle University.

Her research interests revolve around the interrogation of the aristocratic and landed classes, landed estates and their management from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, in the Scottish, Irish, British and imperial contexts. Dr. Tindley is interested in the ways in which landed elites defined and translated their power.


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Further details of forthcoming Friends’ Events will always be found in the centre pages (12 & 13) of each issue of our quarterly newsletter Bowes Arts (see link to recent issues in the right-hand column).

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