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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 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.