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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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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May

Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!