Current Supporters


The Bowes Museum receives core funding from Durham County Council and from the Arts Council Renaissance major grants programme. Revenue supporters underpin our ongoing exhibition programme and display, care of the collections, education work and events.

Existing supporters include:

Northern Rock Foundation
The Pilgrim Trust
John Ellerman Foundation
The Friends of The Bowes Museum
Arts Council England, North East
Business Link
Teesdale Learning and Skills Council
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Marc Fitch Fund
Sir James Knott Trust
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Children, Schools and Families
The Drapers Charitable Fund
The Daphne Bullard Trust
The Kathy Callow Trust
The Bill and May Hodgson Charitable Trust
The Rothley Trust
The Bridge North East Seed Fund
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Teesdale Action Partnership
The Foyle Foundation
Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust
Ernest Cook Trust

The Racing Club Corporate Partners of The Bowes Museum

Northumbrian Water
BHP Law
GlaxoSmithKline

In Kind Support:

Northumbrian Water
Tennants Auctioneers
Richard Green Fine Art
Niven Architects

Patrons of The Bowes Museum

Mr Charles Tompkins
Mr Tom Harrison
Mr Adrian Sassoon

The Bowes Museum continues to acquire objects for display. Recent acquisitions have been supported by:

The Friends of The Bowes Museum
The Art Fund
The V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Individual Donors

Supporters of Blueprint: the capital project plan for The Bowes Museum include:

Heritage Lottery Fund
One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership
English Heritage
Northern Rock Foundation
The Monument Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
DCMS / Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund
The Foyle Foundation
European Regional Development Fund
The Designation Challenge Fund
Durham County Council
The Shears Foundation
The Clothworkers' Foundation
County Durham Foundation
The Friends of The Bowes Museum
The Headley Trust
The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
Sir James Knott Trust
Mercers Charitable Foundation
Welton Foundation
Idlewild Trust
Margaret Phyllis Mewhort Trust
Fenwick Ltd
P T Settlement
The Bill & May Hodgson Charitable Trust administered by Dickinson Dees
Anon and individual donors