The new Reading Room for public access to the Reference Library and Archive has been developed above the Museum’s new accessible picture store in the central dome of the Museum.  The library has a wide range of general and art reference books as well as local interest books and rare books. 


The John and Joséphine Bowes archive and the Museum’s archive that in the past have not been accessible to the public can now be consulted in the Reading Room.  There is access to the Internet and to the databases of the Museum’s collections of objects, books and archives. There are facilities for individuals and groups of learners, staff, and researchers, primarily from GCSE upwards.


The Reading Room is open to members of the public to use the Reference Library and to consult the archives, free of charge. The opening hours are on a two-week rota: Week 1 open Tuesday 10.30-4.00 and Wednesday 10.30-1.00, Week 2 open Wednesday 1.30-4.00 and Thursday 10.30-4.00. Please contact the Museum to check which week applies to your intended visit. You will be asked to complete a user application form on your first visit and to show two official forms of ID (to give one example each of your address and signature). You do not have to book a visit in advance but it is advisable to contact us to check that what you want to see is available.

Current Rota:

Date

Time

Tuesday 13 January

10.30-1.00

Tuesday 13 January

1.00-4.00

Wednesday 14 January

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 21 January

1.00-4.00

Thursday 22 January

10.30-1.00

Thursday 22 January

1.00-4.00

Wednesday 28 January

1.00-4.00

Thursday 29 January

10.30-1.00

Thursday 29 January

1.00-4.00

Tuesday 3 February

10.30-1.00

Tuesday 3 February

1.00-4.00

Wednesday 4 February

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 11 February

1.00-4.00

Thursday 12 February

10.30-1.00

Thursday 12 February

1.00-4.00

Tuesday 17 February

10.30-1.00

Tuesday 17 February

1.00-4.00

Wednesday 18 February

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 25 February

1.00-4.00

Thursday 26 February

10.30-1.00

Thursday 26 February

1.00-4.00

Tuesday 3 March

10.30-1.00

Tuesday 3 March

1.00-4.00

Wednesday 4 March

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 11 March

1.00-4.00

Thursday 12 March

10.30-1.00

Thursday 12 March

1.00-4.00

Tuesday 17 March

10.30-1.00

Tuesday 17 March

1.00-4.00

Wednesday 18 March

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 25 March

1.00-4.00

Thursday 26 March

10.30-1.00

Thursday 26 March

 1.00-4.00

Tuesday 31 March

 10.30-1.00

 Tuesday 31 March

 1.00-4.00

 Wednesday 1 April  10.30-1.00
 Wednesday 8 April  1.00-4.00
 Thursday 9 April  10.30-1.00
 Thursday 9 April
 1.00-4.00
 Tuesday 14 April
 10.30-1.00
 Tuesday 14 April
 1.00-4.00
 Wednesday 15 April
 10.30-1.00
 Wednesday 22 April
 1.00-4.00
 Thursday 23 April
 10.30-1.00
 Thursday 23 April
 1.00-4.00



John and Joséphine Bowes' wills
Anniversary card
An architect's drawing of the Museum
Workmen on the Museum steps
The Library
View from the Library