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How Your Support Helps


It is sometimes forgotten that The Bowes Museum is a charity and that it relies on funding and donations in order to continue caring for the collections, building and grounds as well as striving to display rich and diverse exhibition and education programmes.

The Charity’s objectives are to advance the public’s education and enjoyment of art, craft, design and history, in particular, but not exclusively, by acquiring, operating, and maintaining The Bowes Museum, its collections and associated grounds at Barnard Castle, County Durham. Over the last five years the trustees and staff have carried out a wide range of developments, including capital projects (significantly funded by Heritage Lottery Fund), partnership working, and consultation. This has helped to achieve and refine the original vision, all with the purpose of realising the Trust’s charitable objectives.

We need your support in order to: 

  • Underpin curatorial activities at the Museum to ensure that future exhibitions are of sufficient profile and academic merit so that the Bowes is increasingly recognised as an internationally important centre for research and scholarship.
  • Help with collections care, development in the training of volunteers and staff and the conservation of the building and parks to be undertaken to the highest standards, ensuring the longevity of The Bowes Museum and its collections for future generations. 
  • Build on the current education programme for children and help it to focus more on engaging a younger and more urban
    audience with our contemporary and fashion exhibitions as well as providing a finer offer for our regular visitor base. 

To find our more information or discuss how you can support us, please contact Alison Nicholson, Fundraising Officer alison.nicholson@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, 01833 690 606.

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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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The Bowes Museum is closed!


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.

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 Caf� 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.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

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.