Related Events


Chairman of the Friends, Sandra Moorhouse, invites you to a 'Watsit' Evening

3 March, 7.00, Friends £10, Guests £13

Chairman of the Friends, Sandra Moorhouse, invites you to a 'Watsit' Evening An avid collector of anything and everything, Sandra invites you to her home to look at some of the more unusual pieces and answer the questions, 'Watsit called?' 'Watsit for?' A fun-filled event with food and wine.


Meet the Author - Sarah Reay, author of The Half-shilling Curate - A personal account of war and faith 1914/1918

2 April, 2.30, Friends £10, Guests £12 Includes tea and biscuits

Meet the Author - Sarah Reay, author of The Half-shilling Curate - A personal account of war and faith 1914/1918

In the book, Sarah tells the compelling story of her grandfather;s service in the First World War where, despite being severely wounded, he saved others and was awarded the Military Cross.

General Sir Peter de la Billiere describes the book as "meticulously researched and brilliantly written ...a book to be read whether you are a schoolboy, a historian or retired general!"

Listen to Sarah's story, participate in a question and answer session and have the opportunity to buy your own signed copy.


David Garrick and the Theatre in the 18th century - an illustrated talk to coincide with the exhibition of paintings of Garrick by Johan Zoffany

26 April, 2.30, Friends £12, Guests £15 Includes tea and scone

David Garrick and the Theatre in the 18th century - an illustrated talk to coincide with the exhibition of paintings of Garrick by Johan Zoffany

Laurence Sach has been lecturing on the history of theatre for some years as part of the foundation degree in performing arts at Teesside University. He presents an illustrated talk with reference to the Museum's pictures of David Garrick and a performance of a short play.


Gertrude Bell - Archaeologist and Explorer - an illustrated talk by Prof. Helen Berry, Professor of British History, Newcastle University

23 May, 10.30, Friends £12 Guests £15

Gertrude Bell - Archaeologist and Explorer - an illustrated talk by Prof. Helen Berry, Professor of British History, Newcastle University

The first of three talks celebrating the strengths of local women.

Book all three talks and get the third free! (June/July dates for other talks)


Ada Burns, Chief Executive of Darlington Borough Council.

8 June, 2.00, Friends £12 Guests £15

Ada Burns, Chief Executive of Darlington Borough Council.

Friend, Ada Burns debates: What has a degree in English Literature to do with Local Government?

Second in a series of talks deliberating the strengths of local women.


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Further Information


Further details of forthcoming Friends’ Events will always be found in the centre pages (12 & 13) of each issue of our quarterly newsletter Bowes Arts (see link to recent issues in the right-hand column).

Booking and Information
: To book tickets for any Friends' Event or to gain further information, contact the Friends' Office, tel 01833 690606 ext.233 or email: friends@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Tickets may also be booked by completing the Booking Form included in the quarterly "Bowes Arts" and sending it to:

The Friends' Office (Events)
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP

When booking tickets, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope; without this, tickets will have to be collected.

The Friends' office is run by volunteers and it is not, therefore, always possible to speak to someone. However, you may leave a message on the answer phone or in an email and a response will be sent at the earliest opportunity.