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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.

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.