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Antiques Roadshow Expert Officially Opens The Bowes Museum's New Ceramics Galleries

The Bowes Museum was delighted to welcome Lars Tharp, one of the longest serving experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshowprogramme, to officially open its newly refurbished ceramics galleries. The Museum’s ceramics collection is one of the most important, and the largest in scope and span, outside London, and the galleries – which contain rare and important pieces from the 16th to the 20th Century – now show it to best advantage. New and innovative standards of display...

Museum Fundraising Campaign Takes a Step Nearer its £1m Target

The Bowes Museum has moved a step nearer reaching its £1m fundraising target after securing additional pledges of match funding for its endowment fund. The Museum’s fundraising campaign was launched in June 2012, following a successful award of £1m under the Catalyst Endowmentsprogramme; a joint enterprise between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and Arts Council England (ACE). Designed to bring new money into the cultural...

The English Rose - Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent

The concept of the ‘English Rose’ will be celebrated in a major new exhibition, opening at The Bowes Museum in May 2016.   The catalyst for The English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent - a salute to 400 years of society beauties - is a portrait recently acquired by the Museum via Arts Council England, in lieu of inheritance tax from the estate of the Duke of Northumberland.   Olivia, Mrs Endymion Porter, by court painter Van Dyck, was painted...

Sex and the City meets Cinderella at The Bowes Museum

Powerful? Practical? Crippling? Comfy? - whatever your taste in footwear it’s certain to be reflected in The Bowes Museum’s major summer exhibition.   The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, organised by the V&A, which opens on 11 June 2016.   Taking the themes of transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession, it features over 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named...

Boxes, Baskets & Bunny Ears Spell Easter Fun At The Bowes Museum

Egg-citement is in the air at The Bowes Museum, with a superb range of family activities on offer over the Easter holidays.   The action begins with a Family Fun Day on 28 March. In these egg-citing drop-in workshops you can celebrate Easter with a raft of craft activities including: Easter baskets containing a treat; cute lamb and chick pompoms; beautiful bunny ears and an Easter themed hunt. The event runs from 11.00 – 4.00 and is free for children, who must be accompanied...

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