CPD and Events

Secondary CPD and Events


Free – The Bowes Museum Teacher Development Programme 2019

Please book early to avoid disappointment, as spaces are limited.

Friday 17th May, 1-3 –Find out about the upcoming LEGO exhibition for your school and take part in the robotics workshops, planned for KS1, KS2 and KS3. Booking Required

Saturday 15th June, 11 -3 – Teacher and Family event, explore the new LEGO exhibition with your family and take part in our robotics workshops that are planned for KS1, KS2 and KS3. Drop in event, please sign in on arrival with education team.

Friday 5th July, 1-3 - Explore the LEGO exhibition and have a go at the robotics workshops that are planned for KS1, KS2 and KS3. Booking Required

Tuesday 9th July, 10-4 – Secondary and FE Teacher Event, how our collections can inspire the next generation of designers and artists. Action packed day, take part in a variety of skills based activities to support creative development using our collections as inspiration. Booking Required

Friday 6th September, 1-4 – Explore the LEGO exhibition and have a go at the robotics workshops that are planned for KS1, KS2 and KS3. See the work of the illustrator Nick Sharratt and the resources that are available for Pirates, Pant and Wellyphants. Booking Required

Friday 25th October, 1-3.30 – Picture This Project, find out how one painting can generate a whole term’s planning and be used to support creative development, improve visual literacy, speaking and listening skills and how to engage with paintings. Suitable for Early Years and Primary Schools Booking Required

Saturday 8th February, 2020. 10 - 4Primary and Secondary School Teacher Open Day. Take part in learning activities linked to our collections and exhibitions. Drop in event, please sign in on arrival with education team.


For booking and more information please contact education@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01833 694602 ext: 214



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Information about closing

19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

You can keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be back…