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

  • 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 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.