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

Wednesday 27 August

1.30-4.00

Thursday  28 August

10.30-4.00

Tuesday 2 September

10.30-4.00

Wednesday 3 September

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 10 September

1.30-4.00

Thursday 11 September

10.30-4.00

Tuesday  16 September

10.30-4.00

Wednesday 17 September

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 24 September

1.30-4.00

Thursday 25 September

10.30-4.00

Tuesday 30 September

10.30-4.00

Wednesday 1 October

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 8 October

1.30-4.00

Thursday 9 October

10.30-4.00

Tuesday 14th October

10.30-4.00

Wednesday 15th October

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 22  October

1.30-4.00

Thursday 23 October

10.30-4.00

Tuesday 28 October

10.30-4.00

Wednesday 2 9 October

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 5th November

1.30-4.00

Thursday 6th November

10.30-4.00

Tuesday 11 November

10.30-4.00

Wednesday 12 November

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 19 November

1.30-4.00

Thursday 20 November

10.30-4.00

Tuesday 25 November

10.30-4.00

Wednesday  26 November

10.30-1.00

Wednesday 3 December

1.30-4.00

Thursday 4 December

10.30-4.00

Tuesday  9 December

10.30-4.00

Wednesday 10 December

10.30-1.00



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