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A group of 35 Morris dancers and musicians from across the United States will be performing a spectacular display of their skills on the terrace of The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle next month.
While many of the men, who include a small number from England, perform regularly with teams in their hometowns, they join forces for one week a year to form the American Travelling Morrice. And while the annual tour usually takes place in the States, 2013 sees them perform at the Museum, as well as in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Morris dancing is an old English tradition, with its roots in mediaeval street theatre. Shakespeare cherished the Morris as an ancient custom, alluding to it in several of his plays. The dances performed include the use of sticks or handkerchiefs, with various regional traditions and variations. In ancient times it was thought that Morris dancing brought good luck and prosperity to the community.
American Travelling Morrice will give a 45 minute performance on the terrace of The Bowes Museum on Thursday 1st August from 3pm and spectators are welcome to enjoy this impressive free display.
For further information about the tour visit www.americantravellingmorrice.org or contact the tour organiser Cecil Laughlin on 0796 8444108 or email@example.com
The Bowes Museum, Café Bowes and Shop are open daily from 10.00. A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
• The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes. Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in. The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.
• The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
• The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
• Normal admission to the museum: Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children Free (under 16s). Admission allows access to all exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation admission prices are: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.70, Six Month Pass £12.50, Children (under 16) and carers free.
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