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Milk Snatcher, Gerald Scarfe - The Thatcher Drawings   
14 March - 7 June 2015
This was a remarkable exhibition which featured Gerald Scarfe’s drawings of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher...more

Horses & Hunting
16 March 2014 - May 2015
A fascinating display on Victorian hunting, horse breeding and racing, assembled by volunteers from the Archive and Library...more

Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion
25 October 2014 – 19 April 2015
A tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present, featuring extravagant catwalk creations from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers which included Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci...more

Confected, Borrowed and Blue
14 February - 12 April 2015
Fighter jets and factory buildings – not what you’d expect to find on your average dinner plate! But in Paul Scott’s hands domestic ceramics mutated into subversive comments on our life and times...more

Julian Opie Collected Works
25 October 2014 - 22 February 2015 
This exhibition brought together the works of Julian Opie with that of his personal collection of works of art from the ancient world and 17th and 18th century British Portraiture...more

Six Masterpieces of the Spanish Golden Age: Paintings from Madrid, London and York
11 October – 1 February 2015 
The exhibtion celebrated the conservation of the Museum’s important painting The Last Communion of Saint Raymond Nonnatus by Francisco Pacheco...more

Victorian Childhood
21 June - 7 September 2014
What was life like for a Victorian child? In this fascinating exhibition, objects enabled the comparison of Victorian children's lifestyles, rich and poor, through the key themes: clothing, school, work, play and home life...more

Changing Times – Fashion Inspired by 1914 – 1918
14 June - 31 August 2014
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War...more

Hockney, Printmaker
7 June – 28 September 2014
A delightful and entertaining overview of the artist's graphic career to celebrate his 60 years as a printmaker...more

Shafts of Light - Mining Art in the Great Northern Coalfield
17 May 2014 – 21 September 2014
A salute to a once essential and powerful workforce...more

Godsbridge X
5 April - 6 July 2014
With British Sculptor Tania Kovats as lead artist, 10 selected artists created their response to God's Bridge: a natural limestone formation across the River Greta, high on the Pennines...more

Manet: Execution of Maxmilian
22 March 2014 - 18 May 2014
Manet’s The Execution of Maximilian came to the Museum as the first painting in the three-year Masterpiece Tour...more

Henry Poole & Co. Founder of Savile Row - 
The Art of Bespoke Tailoring and Wool Cloth
21 September 2013 - 11 May 2014
An exhibition which celebrated the craft of bespoke tailoring by Savile Row family, Henry Poole & Co which opened in 1806 and launched Savile Row. Henry Poole & Co went on to create the tuxedo ...more

Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight
25 January 2014 - 21 April 2014
Born in 1967, one of the Young British Artists, Gavin Turk pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture...more

How to Hide a Lion!
26 October 2013 - 9 February 2014
An entertaining and interactive exhibition brought to life the stories of acclaimed children’s author, Helen Stephens...more

Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine
21 September 2013 - 5 January 2014
To celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2013 of the founding of the Laura Ashley label, this exhibition explored the vision of the romantic heroine that Laura Ashley gave to fashion in the 1960s ...more

The Anglo-Saxons in the North
31 July 2013 - 31 December 2013
Highlighting the Museum’s Anglo-Saxon archaeology collections, in celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels’ return to the region in 2013 ...more

Dolls, Bears and Robots
29 June 2013 -  8 September 2013
Appealing to families, this extension to the current toy display created a specific Children’s Room in the Museum’s Streatlam Galleries. More dolls and teddy bears from the collection ...more 

Jeremiah Dixon: Scientist, Surveyor and Stargazer  
27 April 2013 - 6 October 2013
In the year of the 250th anniversary of the commencement of the survey in 1763, of the founding of the Mason-Dixon Line by Cockfield born man, Jeremiah Dixon, the Museum hosted an exhibition of ...more

Tim Walker: Dreamscapes 
Sat 25 May 13 - Sun 01 Sep 13
Leading fashion photographer Tim Walker, whose photographs have entranced readers of Vogue for over a decade, is widely acclaimed for his surreal and extravagant settings. Images for this exhibition more...

Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus by Edouard Manet
Wed 24 Apr 13 - Sun 02 Jun 13
Sold in 2011 for £28.5m, Manet’s important portrait was successfully saved for the nation by the Ashmolean Museum and the Art Fund. This major work came to the Museum on the first stop ...more

Material Remains: Diana Winkfield
16 February 2013 - 8 September 2013
An exhibition created specifically for The Bowes Museum’s award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery went on display in the New Year; the first showing of this new body of work in the UK ...more  

Rokeby: Poetry and Landscape; Walter Scott and Turner in Teesdale
Sat 26 Jan 13 - Sun 28 Apr 13
The Bowes Museum’s exhibition Rokeby: (Poetry & Landscape) Walter Scott & Turner in Teesdale, marked the bicentenary of the publication of Scott’s epic poem, Rokeby, a thrilling ...more

Durham County Council Open Art Competition
Sat 02 Mar 13 - Sun 07 Apr 13
In the fifth year of the exhibition being staged, it was by this point an established annual event which ...more

Titanic Legacy
Sat 01 Dec 12 - Sun 27 Jan 13 
To mark the Centenary Year of the launch of the titanic, students from the Fashion Marketing Degree Course at Northumbria Design were asked to explore and research past historical style in ...more

Beyond Bagpuss - an Artist's Journey
Sat 20 Oct 12 - Sun 17 Feb 13 
Artist Linda Birch, illustrator of Bagpuss & The Clangers, exhibited her work in a venue where she holds regular painting classes ...more

Feast your Eyes: The Fashion of Food in Art
Sat 06 Oct 12 - Sun 06 Jan 13
Celebrating the representation of food over the past five centuries, Feast your Eyes explored fashions in food and drink throughout Europe from the 16th to the 21st Century. Ranging from ...more

Teesdale Open Studios
Sat 08 Sep 12 - Sun 07 Oct 12
Examples of work by all 22 artists who took part in Teesdale Open Studios 2012. The artists could also be visited in their studios during Teesdale Open Studios itself. The Fox and ...more

Keith Coventry 'Black Bronze White Slaves'
Sat 14 Jul 12 - Sun 16 Sep 12
This was the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the bronze sculptures of celebrated artist Keith Coventry, which opened at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on 14 July. Coventry is a key member of what has ...more

Joséphine Bowes & The Costumier 
Mon 25 Jun 12 - Fri 06 Jul 12 
Luca Costigliolo, an internationally celebrated theatrical and historical costumier, is re-created the ball gown which Joséphine Bowes wears in her portrait below. The dress was ...more

Our Sporting Life 
Sat 09 Jun 12 - Mon 27 Aug 12 
Our Sporting Life was a unique and ambitious national celebration of British Sport, with 100 exhibitions being held all over Britain to salute sport from the grass roots to the Olympic podia. Its aim ...more

Stephen Jones: From Georgiana to Boy George
Sat 19 May 12 - Sun 02 Sep 12
One of British Fashion’s best loved characters, whose client list boasts style icons such as French First Lady Carla Bruni alongside pop divas Madonna and Kylie Minogue...more

Complicidades: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera 
Sat 12 May 12 - Sun 24 Jun 12
The Bowes Museum was the only UK venue included in the European tour of this photographic exhibition which featured prominent 20th century Mexican artists...more

Lucile - Fashion Designer, Titanic Survivor
Sat 14 Apr 12 - Sun 06 Jan 13 
The show in the Fashion & Textile Gallery featured a dress designed by Lucile which spotlights both the glamorous and dangerous worlds of 1912...more

El Greco In Focus: The Tears of St Peter 
Sat 31 Mar 12 - Sun 29 Apr 12
An exhibition which told and illustrated the Easter story for Christians and Non-Christians, centred on the famous painting by El Greco of ‘The Tears of St.Peter’, bought by John and Joséphine Bowes in the 19th century...more

June Crisfield Chapman: Wood Engravings
Sat 04 Feb 12 - Sun 13 May 12 
Artist, lecturer and writer June Crisfield Chapman is an experienced wood engraver whose work in this medium was the focus of an exhibition...more

Study, Design & Create: The 98 Lace Group 
Sat 28 Jan 12 - Sun 15 Apr 12 
The exhibition featured stunning works of art by some of the UK’s greatest makers of contemporary lace...more

Charles Dickens' 200th Anniversary: Model House
Sat 28 Jan 12 - Mon 31 Dec 12
A display of Dickens related objects marked the anniversary, including an exceptional scale model of his house at 48 Doughty Street in London (now the Dickens House Museum)...more

Paquin Winter 1911 - the Centenary of an Evening Gown 
Sat 03 Dec 11 - Mon 09 Apr 12
A rare and beautiful evening gown was the subject of a display...more

Dutch Landscapes: Paintings from the Royal Collection
Sat 12 Nov 11 - Sun 11 Mar 12
Brought together 38 remarkable works from the ‘golden age’ of Dutch painting, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen...more

At the Heart of Progress: Coal, Iron and Steam since 1750 
Sat 17 Sep 11 - Sun 15 Jan 12 
John P. Eckblad worked as a management consultant to large petrochemical complexes on Teesside in north-eastern England and in northern Europe...more 

Between the Lines 
Sat 20 Aug 11 - Sun 20 Nov 11
A unique exhibition of textile sculptures was on display in the Fashion & Textile Gallery...more

Amazing Egyptians 
Sat 02 Jul 11 - Wed 31 Aug 11
An exhibition aimed at families, exploring the customs and traditions surrounding life and death in Ancient Egypt...more 

Vivienne Westwood Shoes: A World Wide Exhibition
Fri 10 Jun 11 - Sun 10 Jul 11
This exhibition celebrated the ingenuity and creativity of British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, it focused on her designs of the ultimate fetish object: the shoe...more

Painting Flowers: Fantin-Latour and the Impressionists 
Sat 16 Apr 11 - Sun 09 Oct 11 
Flower power was the theme running through the first large scale show in Britain that celebrated the still life paintings of Henri Fantin-Latour...more

K3TOG: Knit Three Together
Sat 05 Mar 11 - Mon 02 May 11
Needles could be heard clicking away as we indulged in a ‘knitfest.’...more

Damien Hirst: Print Maker 
Fri 05 Nov 10 - Sun 27 Feb 11 
Following a £12m refurbishment, The Bowes Museum brought a global name to the Barnard Castle treasure house with the opening of this world class exhibition ...more

A Garden of Lantern Birds Museumaker
Sat 20 Oct 10 - Sun 30 Jan 11
As part of the national museumaker project the Museum commissioned work by maker Laura Baxter...more

Teesdale Open Studios
Sat 23 Oct 10 - Sun 07 Nov 10
A selection of work by local artists was shown in conjunction with the annual Teesdale Open Studios event, where around the dale participating local artists opened their studios to visitors. Works were for sale.

The Bronze Swan & Other Animal Sculptures
Sun 04 Jul 10 - Sun 10 Oct 10
A retrospective exhibition of the work of internationally acclaimed animal sculptor Sally Arnup, featuring bronzes of a wide range of animal and birds. The complicated process of making a bronze was explained within the exhibition and the works were for sale.

Northern Light Celebrating the Landscape of the Northern Dales
Sat 22 May 10 - Sun 20 June 10
Part of the annual Swaledale Festival...more 

British Sporting Art
Tue 11 May - Sun 10 Oct 10
This exhibition explored the genre of Sporting Art in Britain, from horseracing and hunting to boxing, football and cricket...more

A Warning To Heretics
Sat 23 Jan 10 - Sun 07 March 10
One of the oldest and most intriguing paintings in The Bowes Museum’s collection was the focal point of a display....more 

Goya's Prison: the Year of Despair
Sat 03 Oct 09 - Tue 11 May 10
Late in 1792 Goya became severely ill, and even though he eventually recovered he was left profoundly deaf for the rest of his days...more

Toys Tales
Sat 09 May 09 - Sun 01 Nov 09
Visitors to The Bowes Museum were able to wallow in a trip down memory lane at this major exhibition...more

Canaletto and the View Painters of Venice
Sat 14 Feb 09 - Wed 31 Mar 10
An exploration of the Museum’s two famous large Canaletto’s saved for the nation in 1980 by The Art Fund; Regatta on the Grand Canal and The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo. Displayed alongside other pieces of Venetian art from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition explored, topographical painting in Venice, Canaletto and his influences, his market in France and England; the provenance of the paintings and exactly what was depicted in his works.

Turner in Teesdale
Sat 13 Dec 08 - Sun 31 Jan 10
An in depth exploration of The Bowes Museum’s watercolours by JMW Turner...more 

Beautifully Crafted
Sat 25 Oct 08 - Sun 22 Feb 09
A contemporary craft exhibition at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, featured items from The Bowes Museum’s collections, contrasting the old and new. Single pieces by contemporary artists were on show at The Bowes Museum; Bede’s World, Jarrow, and MIMA, Middlesbrough, creating an ‘art trail.’

Teesdale Open Studios
Sat 18 Oct 08 - Sat 01 Nov 08
This was the first ever Teesdale Open Studios, where artists around the dale welcomed visitors to their studios, with the Museum acting as a central hub, featuring a piece of work from each. A lecture by Brian Sewell formally opened the event. This lecture sold out.

Faith and Love: Picturing the Bible From Raphael To El Greco
Sat 11 Oct 08 - Fri 16 Jan 09
A prestigious exhibition exploring many of the most popular Bible stories visualized by Western artists and craftsmen...more 

Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Landscapes
Sat 17 May 08 - Fri 16 Jan 09
The first major exhibition devoted to this leading Impressionist to take place outside London in half a century....more 

Nature's Delights
Sat 17 May 08 - Mon 22 Sept 08
A selection of wildlife paintings by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, who introduced a wider audience to the countryside with his illustrations for Ladybird’s popular series What to Look for in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter...more 

Illumination: Judy Hurst
Sat 19 Apr 08 - Sun 20 Jul 08
Intricate illustrative works, many inspired by objects in The Bowes Museum’s collections, formed the basis of this selling exhibition...more

Eddie Ryle Hodges 1939 - 2001
Sat 09 Feb 08 - Mon 26 May 08
A retrospective of this acclaimed 20th century Teesdale based photographer, featuring landscapes, fashion photographs, portraits and more. 

Elijah Yeoman 1849 - 1930
Sat 09 Feb 08 - Sun 15 Jun 08
A tribute to the renowned 19th and 20th century Teesdale photographer. An eclectic record of Barnard Castle and the dale.

Sat 19 Jan 08 - Sun 06 Apr 08
A taste of the Orient with a display of objects which celebrated the influence of Chinese design acknowledged the year of the Beijing Olympics...more

The Art of Botanics
Sat 15 Dec 07 - Wed 16 Jan 08
An exhibition of contemporary textiles inspired by plants....more

The Avison Workbooks
Sat 06 Oct 07 - Sun 25 Nov 07
Mrs Mary Bowes, greatgrandmother of John Bowes, was a patron of the Newcastle based 18th century composer Charles Avison. These manuscripts were dedicated to her with music from them being performed at the Museum on 24 November 2007.

Emile Gallé and the Origins of Art Nouveau
Sat 29 Sep 07 - Sun 20 Jan 08
The Bowes Museum’s collections include an early commission from Gallé, a glass cabaret set made in 1872 to order for Joséphine Bowes. It formed the starting point for this exploration of Art Nouveau.

Taylor Made
Sat 29 Sept 07 - Sun 20 Jan 08
Complementing the Gallé display, this was a selling exhibition of contemporary furniture and designs for the home, by Alex Taylor.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II An 80th Birthday Portrait
Sat 16 Jun 07 - Sat 28 Jul 07
This acclaimed painting of The Queen, created before a BBC One television audience of millions, visited The Bowes Museum.

Watercolours and Drawings from The Collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Sat 19 May 07 - Sun 02 Sep 07
73 watercolours and drawings dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries, including Gainsborough, Augustus John and John Piper. Some were bought at auction, some purchased during World War II to raise money for the war effort, others were gifts from the artists or commissioned by The Queen Mother. A touring exhibition curated by The Royal Collection, on loan from Her Majesty the Queen.

Revealed: Luxury Goods and the Slave Trade
Fri 23 Mar 07 - Fri 29 Jun 07
To mark the bicentenary of the Parliamentary abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, there was display of fine and decorative arts which traced the demand for luxury goods. Public conservation of View of Amsterdam by Abraham Storck (1635-1710) revealed its full story. Conservation took place every Tuesday from 1.30.For Further information please see

Fine & Fashionable: Lace from The Blackborne Collection
Sat 09 Sep 06 - Sun 29 Apr 07
Fine & Fashionable featured one of the world's largest collections of lace. It was put together in the 19th century by the father and son, Anthony and Arthur Blackborne...more

Impressionist Women
Sat 03 Jun 06 - Sun 13  Aug 06
This national loan exhibition was built around the exciting acquisition by The Bowes Museum, of a portrait by the impressionist painter Paul Helleu. It explored the life of Helleu and other  Impressionist artists such as Degas and whistler, and examined the portrayal of society women in late 19th century art.

On the horizon, out of reach
Sat 11 Feb 06 - Mon 17 Apr 06
This selling exhibition of contemporary landscape paintings was by regional artist Sue Lawson, who works in the Romantic English tradition, referencing Turner, Constable and the Impressionists. 

Turner: Tours of Durham and Richmondshire
Sat 28 Jan 06 - Sun 14 May 06
This major exhibition, curated by The Bowes Museum, explored JMW Turner’s stunning watercolours of the North of England. Paintings of Durham and Richmondshire were accompanied by other fascinating works including depictions of Farnley Hall in Yorkshire and Brinkburn Priory in Northumberland. A highlight was Turner’s watercolour of Barnard Castle, which returned to the UK from the Unites states especially for this exhibition.

A Gardener's Labyrinth: Portraits of People, Plants and Places
Sat 19 Nov 05 - Sun 19 Feb 06
This exhibition had toured from the National Portrait Gallery.

Teesdale Landscapes and Livelihoods in Textiles
Sat 19 Nov 05 - Wed 01 Mar 06
The colourful textile exhibition, produced by local community groups, told the story of the landscape, industries and lifestyles that shaped the dale. 

Marie-Antoinette: Queen of Style
Sat 29 Oct 05 - Sun 26 Feb 06
This exhibition celebrated the 250th anniversary of this famous Queen’s birth through objects from The Bowes Museum’s collection.

Napoleon: Art & Empire in the Age of Trafalgar
Sat 27 Aug 05 - Sun 08 Jan 06
Intriguing insights into the Napoleonic era were shown in public for the first time. Also featured were works from the British Museum and the National Gallery, the exhibition coincided with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Sense & Sensibility Cotman: Watercolours of Durham and Yorkshire
Sat 07 May 05 - Sun 31 Jul 05
Nineteenth century painter John Sell Cotman continues to inspire generations of artists. From collections all over Britain, his stunning landscapes were brought together in the exhibition, which focused on paintings of the countryside surrounding The Bowes Museum. (In association with Harewood House, Leeds).

Raphael: Madonna of the Pinks The Virgin and Child in Renaissance Italy
Sat 16 Apr 05 - Sun 26 Jun 05
This exquisite masterpiece acquired amidst huge publicity, and two accompanying works by Titian and Ghirlandaio, were on tour from the National Gallery, London. 

Sudan: Ancient Treasures
Sat 12 Mar 05 - Sun 30 Oct 05
This major exhibition offered a unique insight into the lives and cultural history of the inhabitants of the ancient Kingdoms of the Nile. It was on tour from the Sudan National Museum, Khartoum via via the British Museum, where it was shown to great acclaim. The exhibition included recent discoveries from excavations in Sudan.

Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion
Sat 05 Feb 05 - Sun 05 Jun 05
The dynamic selection of Parkinson’s fashion photography from the National Gallery Collection, concentrated on the styles and glamour of the 1950s. This exhibition was accompanied by fashionable dress of the era taken from The Bowes Museum’s own collection.

Boucher: Landscapes
Sat 22 Jan 05 - Mon 28 Mar 05
Featured a selection of paintings and drawings by acclaimed eighteenth century artist François Boucher. (in association with the Wallace Collection, London). 

Distance No Object
Sat 25 Sep 04 - Sun 23 Jan 05
This was a lively exhibition by Lubaina Himid and other leading contemporary artists. A mixture of painting, furniture and installations, responded to the magical history of The Bowes Museum. 

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of the French Poster
Sat 11 Sep 04 - Sun 23 Jan 05
This nationally acclaimed exhibition contained some of the most striking posters ever created by Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries. These works, mostly depicting late nineteenth century Parisian life, were originally exhibited at the first international poster exhibition in London in 1894.

Sat 10 Jul 04 - Sun 12 Sep 04
This exhibition was produced by the Yorkshire Sculptors Group. The active group of artists produced a range of mixed media sculptures for this challenging and thought provoking contemporary show.

In the Footsteps of El Greco
Sat 12 Jun 04 - Sun 12 Sep 04
Respected regional artist Anthony Clark had created new work for this major show. This body of work had been inspired by Clark’s recent visits to Spain, Italy and Greece and by several artists in The Bowes Museum’s collection including El Greco and Goya.

Boudin, Monet and the Sea Painters of Normandy
Sat 29 May 04 - Mon 30 Aug 04
This major exhibition explored the relationship between Boudin and Monet and their interaction with other French painters working in Normandy during the second half of the 19th century. Paintings by Boudin, Dumax and Noël were featured from The Bowes Museum collection alongside international loans from Britain, France and the USA.

Braids and Beyond: A Broad Look at Narrow Wares
Sat 03 Apr 04 - Sun 27 Jun 04
This exhibition marked the 10th anniversary of The Braid Society. It looked at all types of narrow wares from military braids to mousetraps and celebrated the diverse world of braids and bands made for utilitarian purpose and decorative effect.

Grand Designs
Sat 03 Apr 04 - Mon 31 May 04
This exhibition looked at how the notable grand gardens of the North East were created and the personalities behind them. From competitions in pineapple growing to commissioning sweeping landscapes, these wealthy industrialists changed the face of many parts of the region. Unfortunately many of these gardens fell into disrepair and some even disappeared. The exhibition also looked at issues of conservation, regeneration and the re-use and relevance of great gardens today. It featured the Museum’s own grounds and asked you how best they should be developed. Guest curated by Landscape Historian, Fiona Green.

After Life
Sat 17 Jan 04 - Sun 21 Mar 04
Simon Morrissey, awarded the first Bowes Fellowship, curated this thought provoking exhibition. Contemporary artists explored attitudes towards mortality, and related ideas of remembrance, and related ideas of remembrance, preservation and transformation.

Lindisfarne Gospels
Mon 15 Dec 03 - Sun 11 Jan 04
This was a chance to see the superb new copy of the greatest illustrated book to come out of the North east, by permission of The British Library. 

Our Choice
Fri 28 Nov 03 - Sun 11 Jan 04
This exhibition had been produced by the after Schools Club at The Bowes Museum and was a collection of children’s interpretation of their favourite paintings from The Tim Rice Collection. 

Images 27
Sat 08 Nov 03 - Fri 02 Jan 04
Was from a selection of contemporary illustrations from books, children’s books, magazines and newspapers, by the association of Illustrators.

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement in the North East
Sat 11 Oct 03 - Sun 29 Feb 04
This stunning exhibition celebrated the work of William Morris and his contemporaries, leaders of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A major section of this exhibition explored new ground in featuring artists, designers, craft workers and patrons of the North East, whose creative activity in the same period showed the extent of Morris’ influence on regional artists and the impressive way in which they responded to it.

The Tim Rice Collection
Sat 05 Jul 03 - Sun 11 Jan 04
Masterpieces from the private collection of Sir Tim Rice, one of Britain’s most celebrated lyricists. Sir Tim, who is well known for works such as Evita, Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar loaned over fifty paintings to The Bowes Museum for this remarkable exhibition, which included pictures by Degas, Hockney, Picasso, Pissarro, Warhol and Waterhouse.

Dazzling:The Art of Glass Engraving
Sat 14 Jun 03 - Sun 26 Oct 03
This was a spectacular collection of engraved glass work by the Northern Branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers.

Haiku & Glass
Sat 14 Jun 03-Fri 26 Sep 03
Haiku poets and glass artists inspired each other to create an unusual and captivating display. Curated by Dominic Fonde.

Wedding Belles: A Celebration of Bridal Gowns through the Ages
Sat 24 May 03 Sun 18 Apr 03
This exhibition explored the history of bridal fashion since the mid19th century. Exquisite gowns from the Museum’s extensive wedding dress collection illustrated changing styles, colours and fabrics over the decades.A series of charming period fashion illustrations, which once belonged to Joséphine Bowes, created an elegant backdrop to the bridal gowns on display.

The Art of Marquetry: Paintings in Wood
Fri 18 Apr 03 - Sun 28 Sep 03
The history of this intricate woodworking technique was explored through The Bowes Museum’s furniture collection with contemporary pieces, which demonstrated how the art form remains highly desirable today. Produced in collaboration with The Wallace Collection, London.

Meridiano de Greenwich
Sat 05 Apr 03 - Sun 01 Jun 03
Six outstanding Spanish and English contemporary painters established a rich cultural dialogue through expensive abstract art for this amazing exhibition. The Bowes Museum has long established links with Spain and houses one of the largest collections of Spanish paintings in Britain. It was therefore appropriate that we hosted this exciting international exhibition, which was on tour from the Conde Duque, Gallery in Madrid.

Are you Sitting Comfortably?:the Water Closet Workshop
Sat 05 Apr 03 - Sun 20 Jul 03
In this exhibition household objects changed into the unexpected. The humble domestic WC is something we almost ignore because of its intimate familiarity, yet in this exhibition it was transformed by fourteen international artists from its everyday functional role into an art form! The ceramists, sculptors and painters worked on the factory floor to produce this stunning and thought provoking array of subverted or modified versions of mundane sanity ware. Was on tour from The Hatton Gallery.

Road to Impressionism
Sat 02 Nov 02 - Sun 30 Mar 03
This exhibition showed one of the largest groups of French Impressionist paintings to come to the North East. Outstanding works by artists such as Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Sisley were represented. 

The Uncanny Room
Sat 12 Oct 02 - Sun 08 Dec 02
Seemingly familiar objects became the unfamiliar-uncanny, disturbing. Two London Curators. Touring Show.

Royal Sugar Sculpture
Sat 01 Jun 02 - Sun 22 Sep 02
An elaborate recreation of early 19th century ceremonial table setting, using a unique set of moulds being bought by the Museum – created by Ivan Day and Peter Brears. Also examples of 16th, 17th and 18th century sugarpaste sculpture and table settings. Plus large display of modern sugarcraft – exhibits chosen via competition in Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine.

The Art of Mining
Fri 29 Mar 02 - Sun 12 May 02
Historic Watercolours record of the Northern Coalfields. From the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.

At Home with Art
Sat 02 Feb 02 - Sun 17 Mar 02
Domestic Objects with a twist. Touring Show.

A Sense of Occasion
Sat 01 Dec 01 - Sun 13 Jan 02
This was newly commissioned work by 20 artists created to mark special occasions defining contemporary 'British' society

Serving Time
Sat 27 Oct 01 - Sun 10 Feb 02 
How religion and ritual impacts on young offenders 'time' in HMYOI Deerbolt.

Hitec Lotec
Sat 13 Oct 01 - Sun 25 Nov 01
Explored the relationship between craft & industry, new technologies and materials.

Fancy Footwear
Sat 28 Jul 01 - Sun 14 Apr 02
Historic shoes and boots from the collection.

Royal Milliners
Sat 19 May 01 - Sun 30 Sep 01
Designers of royal headwear, their lives and designs particularly the Queen Mother's hats.

Conserving for the Future 
Sat 28 Apr 01 - Sun 22 Jul 01
Techniques, materials and reasons why conservation is a vital part of a museum's work.

Hidden Treasures of The Bowes Museum
Sat 07 Apr 01 - Sun 09 Sep 01
Variety of unseen, unusual, newly conserved or unique works from the collection connected by the John and Josephine story.

Sat 25 Mar 01 - Sun 06 May 01
A selection of costume jewellery from the collection.

60s Ceramics
Sat 27 Jan 01 - Sun 22 Apr 01
Studio pottery of the 60s, a Schools Museum service collection, now valuable and to be conserved.

The New Generic
Fri 22 Sep 00 - Sat 11 Nov 00
Modern Items for the home from the Evans and Wong catologue, Paris.

Fifty Years of Friendship
Fri 04 Aug 00 - Sun 05 Nov 00
Exhibition devoted to the history of the Friends.

Northern Quilts
Fri 04 Aug 00 - Sun 05 Nov 00

Vase Madness: Wedgwood from Winnington
Sun 23 Apr 00 - Sun 23 Jul 00

Through Young Eyes
Thur 06 Apr 00 - Sun 23 Jul 00
Art created in conjunction with schools.

50s Frocks
Sat 22 Jan 00 - Mon 14 Aug 00

The Art of Building/ The New Museum
Mon 01 Nov 99 - Sun 09 Jan 00

To Oude
naarde and Back
Sat 23 Oct 99 - Sun 02 Jan 00

Sat 24 Jul 99 - Sun 31 Oct 99
Modern Crafts.

Weeds, Aliens and other Stories
Sat 24 Jul 99 - Sun 31 Oct 99
An exhibition of conceptual garden furniture from the ICA 

Good Food in the North
Sat 01 May 99 - Sun 11 Jul 99
Exhibition of work from Teesdale Comprehensive School.

What's New Pussycat
Mon 15 Mar 99 - Sat 30 Oct 99
60s Collection.

Sun 15 Nov 98 - Thu 15 Apr 99

ritish Masterpieces: Paintings from the Royal Collection
Sun 01 Nov 98 - Mon 05 Apr 99

Embroiderers at The Bowes Museum
Sun 18 Oct 98 - Sat 07 Nov 98

Architectural Images of the North 
Sat 18 Sep 98 - Mon 30 Nov 98
Drawings and Photographs from the RIBA, 1700 1950.

Pills, Poultices and Potions  
Wed 05 Aug 98 - Wed 02 Sep 98
2000 Years of Medicine.

rit of the Times
14 July 98 - 4 Oct 98
Modern Crafts throughout the Museum

Composites: Furniture by David Arnold
20 June 98-30 Aug 98

Triumph in Adversity: The Birth of Samson
4 April 98 - 7 June 98
The rebirth of an important tapestry

The European Landscape
11 Feb 98 - 22 March 98
Landscape paintings from The Bowes Museum formerly exhibited at the Durham Art Gallery

ne's a McGuinness 
Sat 18 Oct 97 - Sun 01 Feb 98
Paintings by Tom McGuinness   

Alder: Birds and Flowers of the castles of Mey and Balmoral
Sat 13 Sep 97 - Sun 05 Oct 97

Ik Song Jin 
Sat 19 Jul 97 - Thu 31 Jul 97
Modern Artist from Korea

Art of the Theatre 
Sat 28 Jun 97 - Sun 31 Aug 97
A loan exhibition of material from the Royal Shakespeare Company

Sat 24 May 97 - Sun 15 Jun 97
An installation of video and music devised by Spennymoor

Artists in Teesdale
Sat 29 Mar 97 - Sun 11 May 97
An exhibition of work by artists and craftspeople working in Teesdale today

North Country Quilts and Knitting sticks
Sat 22 March 97 - Sun 11 May 97

People and Patterns
Sat 21 Sep 96 - Mon 31 Mar 97

Fashions from the Time of Jane Austen
Sat 06 Jul 96 - Sun 18 Aug 96
Costume from the collection, and replicas from the film 'Sense and Sensibility'  

Walking the Landscape: With Cotman and Turner in Teesdale
Sat 25 May 96 - Sun 01 Sep 96

Private View
Fri 03 May 96 - Sun 28 Jul 96

British and European artists integrated into the collection

Flesh and Spirit: Velasquez and Painting in 17th Century Madrid
30 March 96 - 2 June 96

Wed 16 Aug 95 - Sun 29 Oct 95 
Reduced version of Laing Art Gallery exhibition 

The Bowes of Streatlam and Gibside
Sun 28 May 95 - Sun 03 Sep 95 
A survey of the family and their collections

Stars in Your Eyes
Sat 17 Sep 94 - Sat 31 Dec 94 
Costumes from Granada television in aid of Save the Children

Purchases, Prices and People
Sat 28 May 94 - Sat 31 Dec 94
Recent acquisitions for the collection     

The Tempting Table
Thu 28 Apr 94 - Sat 31 Dec 94 
European Table Layout and Decoration  

Watercolours by Chris Mouncey
Fri 01 Apr 94 - Sun 15 May 94

Sun 26 Dec 93 - Sun 06 Mar 94
Reduced Version of the Laing Art Gallery Exhibition      

Mick Critchlow photographs and Suzie Balazs paper art
Fri 25 Sep 92 - Sat 31 Oct 92

Art from Teesdale
Sat 19 Sep 92 - Sun 01 Nov 92 
Local Crafts 

Royal Style
Fri 26 Jun 92 - Sun 13 Sep 92
Dresses from the Queen Mother

Japan Festival Tapestry
Wed 01 Apr 92 - Wed 29 Apr 92

Paintings by Josephine Bowes
Sat 07 Mar 92 - Sun 13 Sep 92

Images of Teesdale
Sat 09 Nov 91 - Sun 16 Feb 92 
Photographs by Elijah Yeoman (1846 - 1930)    

Japan Festival
Fri 13 Sep 91 - Sun 27 Oct 91
An exhibition of Japanese works of art in the Museum collection and also an exhibition by Sian Bowen of 'Mosha - the art of copy'. Later to be toured to Berwick Museum and Art Gallery and Durham University.   

Restored to View
Wed 01 May 91 - Mon 30 Sep 91
Exhibition of items conserved during the past 10 years   

Northern Quilts
Sat 23 Mar 91 - Sun 12 May 91
Recent acquisitions of quilts from The Bowes Museum collection. Quilting demonstration, a book signing by Amy Emms M.B.E and a quilting workshop took place. 

The Road to the Past
Mon 01 Oct 90 - Wed 28 Feb 90 
Photographic display of work during the summer on the A66 excavations.  

European Week
Mon 17 Sep 90 - Fri 21 Sep 90
A special display to illustrate the Museum's European connections was mounted at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington. During the week a publicity and information desk was manned by staff.       

A Dress by Lucille 
Sun 02 Sep 90 - Sun 30 Sep 90        
Worn by Linda Morritt for her marriage in 1912 to William Rhodes Moorhouse V.C.

Wild and Cultivated: Teesdale's Plants and Gardens 
Sat 26 May 90 - Sat 27 Oct 90
This exhibition, mounted by The Bowes Museum, was a survey of the dozen historic and private landscaped parks and gardens in Teesdale as well  as Teesdale's landscape and rare alpine flora, which has attracted visitor's from the 17th century. The exhibition ran in tandem with the National Garden Festival in Gateshead. 

Hyacinth Display
Sun 01 Apr 90 - Thu 31 May 90
A Hyacinth Display was in The Bowes Museum park and display of rare hyacinths form Wycliffe Hall Botanical Gardens in the Museum

A Visit to the Costumier     
Sun 01 Apr 90 - Mon 30 Apr 90
A small display of costume made by dressmakers in the North-East 1876-1911.

Northern Quilts and Covers
Sat 10 Mar 90 - Sun 13 May 90
A selection from the permanent collection with recent acquisitions and loans, including quilts made by quilting groups. 

 Bowes School
Sat 11 Nov 89 - Sun 25 Feb 90
Works by County Durham schoolchildren based on the Museum collections.

A66 Excavation
Mon 09 Oct 89 - Wed 31 Oct 90
A display showing archaeological excavation being carried out on the A66 at Stainmore pass, before work began on making the road a dual carriageway. Children from Bowes School have also made a contribution with their ideas of Erik Bloodaxe.          

Portraits and Other Works
Sat 16 Sep 89 - Sun 29 Oct 89
An exhibition by Malcolm Partridge of formal portraits, landscapes, still-lifes and animal paintings and a group of ceramic and silver designs.

Vive la Nation
Sat 27 May 89 - Sun 03 Sep 89
An exhibition to commemorate the bicentenary of the French Revolution.

Open Books
Fri 24 Mar 89 - Sun 14 May 89
A selection of rare and interesting books from the re-opened library

Dolls Houses, Shops and Roundabouts
Sat 12 Nov 88 - Tue 28 Feb 89
Dolls Houses, Shops and Roundabouts by the Gilda Workshop, Bishop Auckland organised by Mrs. Mollie Jenkins        

Classic Ground
Sat 17 Sep 88 - Sun 30 Oct 88
An exhibition which interpreted the Teesdale landscapes through photographs, painting, sculpture and literature by two Teesdale artists and two visiting artists.

The Lambton Collection
Sat 09 Jul 88 - Sun 04 Sep 88
Works of art which formed the Lambton collection including 'The Red Boy'. The insurance premium of this painting was paid by The Friends of The Bowes Museum.         

Private Collection
Sat 23 Apr 88 - Sun 26 Jun 88
Works of art from a Private Collection. Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries as well as woodcarvings, alabasters and ivories from the late 15th to the 18th century.    

Flying Past
Sat 13 Feb 88 - Sun 10 Apr 88
An exhibition of air photographs of North east England, together with finds from excavations in County Durham. This exhibition was organised by Cleveland County Council

Any Fool can be a Farmer
Sat 07 Nov 87 - Sun 31 Jan 88
An exhibition which was organised by The Bowes Museum to look at the progress of agriculture in North east England over the past 4,000 years 

The Craze of the Crinoline 1855 - 1868
Tue 01 Sep 87 - Wed 30 Sep 87
A new display of the full-skirted dresses worn over the crinoline, together with the various horsehair and crinoline contraptions for expanding the skirts.         

Decorative Dress
Tue 01 Sep 87 - Wed 30 Sep 87
A new display of embroidery as a form of decoration on clothing ranging from the Regency period to the Paris fashions of the 1920's

German Porcelain at The Bowes Museum
Mon 27 Jul 87 - Sun 06 Sep 87
An exhibition of which contained German porcelain taken mainly from the reserve collections and including the new acquisition Women with a Spinning Wheel, Meissen figure c.1745       

North Country Quilts
Sat 25 Jul 87 - Wed 28 Oct 87
A selection of quilts from the Museum's own collection and for a short time on display 'The Northumbria Quilt' the latter was 'raffled' in order to raise funds for The Northumbria Historic Churches Trust.       

Cycle Clips
Sat 16 May 87 - Sun 05 Jul 87
An exhibition on the history of cycling in the north-east, organised by Tyne & Wear Museums Service and toured by the North of England Museums Service, supplemented by local loans.    

Ignatius Bonomi - Durham Architect
Sat 16 May 87 - Sun 05 Jul 87 
An exhibition by The Bowes Museum to mark the bicentenary of Bonomi's birth and the publication of a study of the architect life written by Mrs. June Crosby and published by the Durham City Trust.         

Chairman's Choice
Sun 08 Mar 87 - Tue 05 May 87
An exhibition of items from the permanent collection, chosen by Sir Nicholas Goodison, Chairman of the NA-CF and Chairman of the Stock Exchange to help publicise the NA-CF.         

Villes et Monuments de Picardie and French Porcelain from The Bowes Museum Collection
Mon 14 Jul 86 - Sun 31 Aug 86
During the winter months a selection of the Museum's collection of spanish paintings and French porcelain was on display.       

Lace '86
Sat 24 May 86 - Sun 06 Jul 86

Barush Rosengarten - Weavings, Rugs and Meditation Centre 
Sat 12 Apr 86 - Sun 18 May 86

The Middleham Pendant 
22 Mar 86 - Sun 20 Apr 86

Fashion for Extravagance 
03 Mar 86 - Sun 06 Apr 86 

Portrait of John, 10th Earl of Strathmore 
Mon 03 Mar 86 - Sun 20 Apr 86

Hutchinson's History
Fri 01 Nov 85 - Sat 30 Nov 85
A display of books, manuscripts and photographs commemorating the 200th anniversary of Hutchinson's History of Durham    

The Bowes Railway
Mon 21 Oct 85 - Mon 21 Oct 85

John Bowes - Mystery Man of the British Turf
Sat 06 Jul 85 - Mon 02 Sep 85

A Trunk Unpacked
Sat 27 Apr 85 - Sat 02 Nov 85
Fifties Frocks         

Family Treasures
Sat 27 Apr 85 - Sun 16 Jun 85
This exhibition was organised by The Bowes Museum  at the request of the County Durham branch of the NA-CF

Wilfred Dodd's Collection
Mon 01 Apr 85 - Sun 30 Jun 85
Prehistoric stone and flint implements 

Mainly Birds
Sat 26 Jan 85 - Sun 14 Apr 85

John Davies: Durham Coalfield - industry in a rural setting
Mon 19 Nov 84 - Sat 14 Jan 84
An exhibition of photographs organised and toured by the Side Gallery, Newcastle.

French Upholstery
Sat 15 Sep 84 - Mon 14 Jan 85
Chairs and Chaircovers from 17th and 18th century from the Bowes Museum

John Wycliffe
Wed 01 Aug 84 - Wed 01 Aug 84
An exhibition to commemorate the 600th anniversary of John Wycliffe 

Fashion Knitwear: Claire Oates
Sat 21 Jul 84 - Sun 02 Sep 84

Sir Cedric Morris (1889-1982)
Fri 25 May 84 - Sun 15 Jul 84

Bloodstone, Plasma and Tiger's Eye
Sat 07 Apr 84 - Sun 13 May 84

Tyne Tees Northern Open
Sat 10 Mar 84 - Sun 01 Apr 84

The Normans
Sat 03 Dec 83 - Sun 26 Feb 84

The Bronze Age in the North
Mon 10 Oct 83 - Sun 27 Nov 83

A Journey down the Tees
Sat 01 Oct 83 - Sat 31 Dec 83

Quilts from the Permanent Collection
Sat 10 Sep 83 - Sun 02 Oct 83

Capability Brown and the Northern Landscape
Sat 06 Aug 83 - Sun 04 Sep 83

Traditional Working Dress of Northern Landscape
Sat 11 Jun 83 - Sun 24 Jul 83

Anniversary Selection
Sat 30 Apr 83 - Sun 05 Jun 83
The Bowes Museum and the Laing Art Gallery to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the NA-CF

Samian Pottery from Binchester
Fri 01 Apr 83 - Thu 30 Jun 83

Wildlife in Art
Sat 12 Mar 83 - Sun 17 Apr 83

Lost and Found
Tue 14 Dec 82 - Tue 14 Dec 82
Exhibition of objects collected by Teesdale residents

Italian paintings from The Bowes Museum Collection
Fri 01 Oct 82 - Sun 31 Oct 82

Lace in the Making
Sat 04 Sep 82 - Sat 09 Oct 82

1960s Miniskirt Display
Tue 27 Jul 82 - Tue 27 Jul 82

Picturesque Tour of the North
Sat 17 Jul 82 - Mon 30 Aug 82

David Shilling Exhibition
Sat 01 May 82 - Sun 11 Jul 82

Temporary Display of John & Josephine Bowes archaeological acquisitions
Sat 01 May 82 - Mon 31 May 82

Understanding the Durham Countryside
Sat 12 Dec 81 - Sun 31 Jan 82

Drawing on the World
Sat 31 Oct 81 - Sun 06 Dec 81

Beneath the Surface Nasty Shocks, Pleasant Surprises
Mon 05 Oct 81 - Sun 25 Oct 81
The Bowes Museum Collection       

Wedding Dresses
Sat 25 Jul 81 - Wed 09 Sep 81    

English Watercolours from the Laing Art Gallery
Sat 11 Jul 81 - Mon 31 Aug 81

70th Birthday Retrospective Exhibition - Drawings by Douglas Pittuck
Fri 22 May 81 - Sun 05 Jul 81

Look Once, Look Twice
Sat 04 Apr 81 - Mon 01 Jun 81

Field Sports
Wed 04 Mar 81 - Wed 01 Apr 81
N.E.M.S touring exhibition

Treasures from the Strathmore and Bowes Archive
Sat 07 Feb 81 - Sun 01 Mar 81
Organised by D.C. Archive

The Idea of the Village
Sat 10 Jan 81 - Sun 01 Feb 81 
Arts Council touring exhibition

Mines and Minerals of Teesdale & Weardale
Sat 29 Nov 80 - Sun 04 Jan 81

Pleasure in Drawings
Sat 13 Sep 80 - Sun 02 Nov 80

Town and Country in French 19th century painting
Sat 02 Aug 80 - Sun 07 Sep 80
Also special displays marking H.M. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's connections with The Bowes Museum 

John and Josephine Bowes, Patrons of the Living Arts
Fri 20 Jun 80 - Sun 27 Jul 80
The Bowes Museum's Collection 

The Colman Collection of Silver Mustard Pots
Thu 24 Apr 80 - Sun 15 Jun 80

Jardins en France 1760-1820  
Mon 31 Mar 80 - Fri 18 Apr 80

Children in Camera
Wed 13 Feb 80 - Sun 23 Mar 80

Gannin doon the Pit Embroidered Landscapes
Sat 19 Jan 80 - Sun 17 Feb 80 

Historic Monuments in Britain
Wed 10 Oct 79 - Mon 19 Nov 79

Watercolours & Prints of Barnard Castle
Wed 12 Sep 79 - Mon 19 Nov 79

Dutch & Flemish Paintings
Sat 23 Jun 79 - Sun 02 Sep 79
Shipley Collection  

Royal Photographic Exhibition
Sat 28 Apr 79 - Sat 16 Jun 79

Paintings, Alan Tinley, Bernard Fairclough
Sat 10 Mar 79 - Sun 22 Apr 79 

Railway Prints and Watercolours
Fri 05 Jan 79 - Sun 04 Mar 79

Paintings by John Bratby R.A. 
25 Oct 78 - Wed 04 Jan 78

Londonderry Photographs 
Mon 10 Jul 78 - Sun 22 Oct 78

Care and Conservation of Paintings
Wed 24 May 78 - Sun 02 Jul 78

Etchers and Painters of late 19th/20th Century 
Sat 08 Apr 78 - Sun 21 May 78

Quilts, Coverlets and Quilting
Sat 19 Nov 77 - Sun 02 Apr 78
The Bowes Museum Collection

Minton Pottery and Porcelain
Sat 10 Sep 77 - Sun 06 Nov 77
The Bowes Museum Collection  

British Watercolours
Sun 01 May 77 - Sun 04 Sep 77

Paintings and Drawings - Clara Klinghoffer
Sun 20 Mar 77 - Sat 28 May 77    

Musical Notes and Vibrations
Tue 01 Mar 77 - Sat 30 Apr 77
Science Museum

Wedding Dresses
Sat 05 Feb 77 - Sun 20 Mar 77
The Bowes Museum Collection

Kingston Polytechnic. A Planning Survey of Barnard Castle
Wed 01 Dec 76 - Mon 28 Feb 77

Ballet Rambert 50th Anniversary
Fri 01 Oct 76 - Sun 12 Dec 76

Glass from Peter Herring Museum, Copenhagen
01 Aug 76 - Fri 08 Oct 76 

Destruction of the Country House
Thu 01 Jul 76 - Mon 26 Jul 76
V&A Museum         

Tudor Portraits from the V&A
Sat 17 Apr 76 - Thu 27 May 76 

Pittuck Exhibition of Ullathorne's Mill 
Sun 07 Mar 76 - Sun 11 Apr 76