A painting of a monkey playing a banjo

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

The Racing Club Corporate Partners of The Bowes Museum

Northumbrian Water



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

English Heritage

Northern Rock Foundation

The Monument Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation

DCMS / Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement

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