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Young Voices

Young Voices is a group for young people aged 11 - 18 years. It meets monthly and will give you the chance to set yourself new challenges, to: 

  • Meet artists and talk to museum professionals 
  • Explore behind the scenes at The Bowes Museum and learn about how the Museum works 
  • Receive your own personal invitation to exhibition previews 
  • Try out your skills at working with Museum objects 

The group is meeting on the following dates:

Date: 16th February 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Graffiti Art

Date: 16th March 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Textile and Surface Pattern.


Date: 20th April 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Print Making


Date: 18th May 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Lego and the story behind the exhibition.


Date: 15th June 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Fashion

Date: 20th July 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Illustration

Date: 17th August 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Robotics

Date: 21st September 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Sculpture

Date: 19th October 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Halloween

Date: 16th November 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Norman Cornish and Lantern Making

Date: 21st December 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Topic: Christmas

If you would like to attend an event please contact the education team on 01833 694602 or email
Hurry as places are limited and will be secured on a first come first served basis.

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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, 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…