Paving The Way To UK Exclusive Exhibition

Visitors flocking to The Bowes Museum for the current Yves Saint Laurent exhibition are reaping the benefits of improvements to the grounds, courtesy of Taylor Wimpey, one of the country’s largest residential developers.

The company, which has named one of its Barnard Castle housing developments Bowes Gardens after the Museum, was delighted to support this UK exclusive exhibition – which has already attracted Janet Street Porter and Lauren Laverne along to see it - with the offer of sponsorship towards enhancing the Museum grounds for the anticipated influx of visitors. 

Their contribution helped with the laying of new paving slabs on the terrace, providing a new layer of gravel for the terrace and parterre garden paths and clearing the fountains, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for visitors on arrival.

The exhibition, which runs until 25 October, continues to attract record numbers of visitors, with Ms Street Porter describing the show’s footage of Yves Saint Laurent sketching as ‘awe inspiring’ in her column in the Independent.

Karl Morton, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey North East, said: “The Yves Saint Laurent show at The Bowes Museum is such an interesting exhibition, and something we’re only too delighted to be involved with. 

“Our Bowes Garden development is actually named after the Museum, which is one of the reasons we wanted to forge a partnership with it. This is a fantastic exhibition to establish our relationship.

“We look forward to working alongside The Bowes Museum in the future, and can’t wait to come along to see the exhibition for ourselves.”

The Bowes Museum’s Conservation Manager, Jon Old, said: “We thank Taylor Wimpey for their support in helping enhance the Museum grounds, which in turn enhances the visitor experience, and we look forward to furthering our partnership with them.”

Tickets for Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal can be obtained online via TicketMaster or by phone 0844 844 0444 on 01833 690606. Alternatively you can purchase tickets from The Bowes Museum in person. Due to the high demand for tickets there are timed admission slots to the exhibition with a limited number of tickets available per slot, so be sure to pick yours up before you visit to avoid disappointment.

This exhibition runs until the 25 October, admission charges range from £14 for adults to £6 for students. Friends of The Bowes Museum are admitted free of charge on production of their current membership card.

Notes to Editors

The Bowes Museum


• 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 £10.50, Concessions £9.50, Students £6.00, Six Month Pass £16.00, Carers and children Free (under 16s).  Admission allows access to 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 or are not a UK taxpayer admission prices are: Adults £9.25, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children (under 16) and carers free.
• The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk
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