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The Bowes Museum WW1 Project

Throughout September and October 2017, The Bowes Museum Education Department hosted sixteen local schools to take part in a WW1 project.  The children listened to a story about a local boy, entitled One Boy’s Story, who joined the army despite being only 15 years old.  Stanley Dobson from Co Durham, tells of his excitement of joining up, but it soon turns to despair as the true reality of war unfolds.  Sadly, Stanley was one of the many who did not return and the children were able to see a picture of his war grave in France.

The children spent time looking and finding out about objects from WW1 including a German anti-tank gun, which is on loan from the DLI Museum.  They also visited the Museum’s Library and Archive where they spent time finding out about the Roll of Honour, and looking at documents from WW1, including a copy of the Teesdale Mercury from 8th March 1916.  The children were fascinated with the story of an egg that was donated to the National Egg Collection by a Belgian refugee living in Barnard Castle.  A local vicar wrote the name and address of the donor on the egg and she subsequently received a thank you letter from a Canadian soldier in hospital in France, who had been served the egg for his breakfast! 

During the afternoon sessions the children learnt about poetry in WW1.  They listened to poems written by men involved in the war; For The Fallen by Lawrence Binyon and Flanders Fields by John McCrae.  The children discussed their feelings when hearing the words and seeing imagery of the war.  They also listened to a poem written by Brenda Williams, based on the novel War Horse.  This led to discussion about the animals that helped in the war.  When the children then came to write their own piece of poetry, we found many poems written from the perspective of an animal – a horse, a dog, catching rats in the trenches, or pigeons, carrying messages home. 

Some of the children involved from each of the schools have since recorded their poem.  Please listen to the links to hear the children’s responses to the workshop:

Bowes Hutchinson Primary



Butterknowle Primary



Cotherstone Primary



Evenwood Primary



Gainford Primary



Hamsterley Primary



High Connsicliffe Primary



Ingleton Primary



Middleton-in-Teesdale Primary



Montalbo Primary



Ramshaw Primary



St Mary RC Primary

Faith's group

Jessica's Group

Staindrop Primary



Toft Hill Primary



Woodland Primary



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Audio Guides

Listen and Learn! Explore The Bowes Museum with our children’s audio guide narrated by storyteller Adam Bushnell. As you wander through the galleries listen to interesting facts about 21 of our most fascinating objects!

Download the MP3 files by clicking on the links below.

1. Loom

2. Lead soldiers

3. Noah's Ark

4. Two headed Calf

5. Reliquary

6. Norimono

7. Fish Swimming

8. Amphora

9. Gainford Stone

10. Sedan Chair

11. Vionett Dresses

12. Cotherstone

13. John Bowes Portrait

14. Joséphine Bowes Portrait

15. Meissen Bottle

16. Meissen Cup and Saucer

17. The Penny Farthing

18. Snow Scene

19. Fountain Mask

20. Sappho

21. The Silver Swan



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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!