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Friends' Events 2015

In the Footsteps of John and Joséphine In Paris Monday 23 February, 11.00am

John Findlay has been working for several years as a volunteer in the Museum’s

archives, which contain detailed records of the Parisian life of the founders. He has

searched out and photographed a number of the addresses they were associated with,

and will present this material as a pictorial account of their life in the city. Although

highly relevant for those joining the Friends’ visit to Paris in July (see below), this talk

will have general appeal.

Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10.15am. £12 (Friends £10)


‘Milk Snatcher’: the Thatcher Drawings Sunday 15 March, 6.00pm

We are honoured that Gerald Scarfe has accepted our invitation to talk about his work.

Some visitors will rejoice in his savagely satirical cartoons of Mrs Thatcher and others

will no doubt deplore them. They depict her rise to power, her years of dominance and

her eventual fall from grace, but they also cover the major events of the times. We

greatly look forward to hearing more from one of the foremost cartoonists of our age.

The ticket price includes a pre-event drink and canapés. £18 (Friends £15)


Barnard Castle School Choral Society Saturday 25 April, 7.30pm

Increasingly recognised for the quality of its performances, the Choral Society will on

this occasion be presenting one of the best-loved works, Handel’s Messiah. This great

oratorio was originally written for relatively small choral and instrumental forces, so we

can expect an authentic experience.

Pre-event drinks in the museum at 6.30pm. £12 (Friends £10)


Visit to Gresgarth Hall Gardens, Lancashire Friday 29 May, 9.00am

This exquisite 12-acre garden, set in a valley of the Artle Beck, is the creation of Lady

Arabella Lennox-Boyd, who recently won the competition to redesign and update the

Bowes Museum Park. A coach will leave The Bowes Museum promptly at 9.00am,

arriving at Gresgarth Hall at 10.30am for coffee, followed by a tour in the company of

Lady Arabella. A late lunch will be taken at Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre near

Sedbergh. Return to the Museum will be no later than 6pm. To be announced


You are strongly recommended to let us know in good time if you are interested

in this proposed trip.

Watch this space for news of more Friends' Events coming soon!

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Tickets may also be booked by completing the Booking Form included in the quarterly "Bowes Arts" and sending it to:


The Friends' Office (Events)
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP


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