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Current Supporters


The Bowes Museum receives core funding from Durham County Council and from the Arts Council England, as one of its National Portfolio Organisations. Revenue supporters underpin our ongoing exhibition programme and display, care of the collections, education work and events.

Existing supporters include:

Northern Rock Foundation
The Pilgrim Trust
John Ellerman Foundation
The Friends of The Bowes Museum
Arts Council England, North East
Business Link
Teesdale Learning and Skills Council
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Marc Fitch Fund
Sir James Knott Trust
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Children, Schools and Families
The Drapers Charitable Fund
The Daphne Bullard Trust
The Kathy Callow Trust
The Bill and May Hodgson Charitable Trust
The Rothley Trust
The Bridge North East Seed Fund
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Teesdale Action Partnership
The Foyle Foundation
Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust
Ernest Cook Trust
Darlington Building Society

Patrons of The Bowes Museum

Mr Adrian Sassoon
Mark Storey
Carey Adina Karmel

The Bowes Museum continues to acquire objects for display. Recent acquisitions have been supported by:

The Friends of The Bowes Museum
The Art Fund
The V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Individual Donors

Supporters of Blueprint: the capital project plan for The Bowes Museum include:

Heritage Lottery Fund
One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership
English Heritage
Northern Rock Foundation
The Monument Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
DCMS / Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund
The Foyle Foundation
European Regional Development Fund
The Designation Challenge Fund
Durham County Council
The Shears Foundation
The Clothworkers' Foundation
County Durham Foundation
The Friends of The Bowes Museum
The Headley Trust
The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
Sir James Knott Trust
Mercers Charitable Foundation
Welton Foundation
Idlewild Trust
Margaret Phyllis Mewhort Trust
Fenwick Ltd
P T Settlement
The Bill & May Hodgson Charitable Trust administered by Dickinson Dees
Anon and individual donors

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Please choose an area of activity where you would most like to direct your support, i.e. supporting the upkeep of the Museum, art for young people or bringing the Museum into the park.


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Information about closing


19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

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

We’ll be back…