Online Sessions

Online Taught Sessions


To keep children safe and culturally engaged in the current COVID-19 situation, we are offering digital sessions using a system of your choosing to bring the Museum into your classroom. A member of the education team will deliver content from a workshop of your choice and provide the opportunity for shared thinking and questions.

Our digital sessions cost £40 per class for a one-hour long morning or afternoon slot.

This includes organising a 10-minute test session on a weekday prior to the lesson, to ensure that all the technology is running smoothly before your booked session with the children. This will include a sound and video link check. We can use Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet or a platform your school is able to use.

To book your session, choose a workshop and contact education@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

  • For digital sessions, you need to select whether you would prefer a morning or afternoon slot. A morning slot will be 9.30am to 11.30am (approximately). For an afternoon slot, we will fit in with your school timings after lunch so please let us know what those are.
  • If you are booking a session for more than 1 class, please tell us the email addresses of all teachers involved in the booking to set up the video call link.
  • Please tell us which digital platform you are able to use in school. For example, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet etc.

“The online session with Julia was fantastic. The children have been learning all about the John and Joséphine story but unfortunately, we can't visit the museum at the current time. However, Julia brought the museum to us in our classroom! The children could see all the main collections and find out about the museum as if they were really there. The session was completely tailored to us, the children loved it and Julia was brilliant with them.”   Montalbo School, Barnard Castle

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!