Library & reading room

In 1915, Owen Scott, the curator of The Bowes Museum, sent out a letter to the townships of Teesdale suggesting a Roll of Honour be created to record those individuals who served in the First World War. For reasons unknown, it was not completed. The Museum is embarking on an ambitious project to complete the task started back in 1915.

The Museum will assist community groups over a five year period in creating a permanent record of social history of the impact of war on the local area. The project will involve a number of community events and may culminate in a publication and an exhibition including artefacts, histories, letters and photographs uncovered in the research phase of the project.  Ongoing progress and discoveries made along the way will be reported in partnership with the Teesdale Mercury and on a website.  In addition to researching and publishing local history, the project will explore themes such as the impacts on the role of women, agriculture, communities and future generations.

Tomatoes growing in the greenhouses for wounded soldiers

Tomatoes being grown in greenhouses at The Museum during the War to supply local hospitals

The Museum’s superb new library, archive and reading room will act as a focal point for research activity, supported by the Museum’s archivist and the 40-strong team of library volunteers and the Museum will use its links with Universities and other museums to give participants access to academic specialism.  As well as individuals, schools and youth groups will be actively involved in the project, with the Museum’s award winning Education department providing support. 

Peacetime celebrations in the Museum grounds in 1918

Peacetime celebrations at The Bowes Museum in 1918

To take part in the project or to be added to the mailing list for progress updates, please email