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Volunteers


Being a Friends Volunteer offers the opportunity to enjoy a closer involvement in various aspects of the Museum’s life. You can help in a multiplicity of ways at special events, at the mailing of the Friends’ quarterly Newsletter, Bowes Arts, and at occasional mailing shots for the Museum.

Volunteers are also sought to help in the new Archives Reading Room, which may involve transcribing John and Joséphine Bowes’ bills, receipts and correspondence, amongst other fascinating documents. Volunteers are also creating an on-line database to catalogue the Museum’s entire collections, enabling easier access both for researchers and for the public. 

A number of Friends also volunteer as Museum Guides, welcoming visitors and taking them on tours of the collections.

For more information please contact 
friends@thebowesmuseum.org.ukAlternatively please telephone 01833 690606 ext 233 and leave a voicemail message.


You may also be interested in becoming a Museum Volunteer (as opposed to a Friends Volunteer) in which case please contact: Caroline.Thornborrow@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01833 690606 ext 253.

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.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.