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General News > Murder at the Museum! 29 August, 6.00 - 10.00,
An evening of intrigue, scandal and mystery is sure to set tongues wagging when murder takes place within the normally peaceful walls of The Bowes Museum later this month.
The adventure takes place as part of The Bowes Museum Lates!, when visitors can explore the Museum after hours, and engage in a range of fun activities. Amateur ‘detectives’ will be given the chance to put their sleuthing skills to the test in an exciting murder mystery romp, when the founder of The Museum, John Bowes, is found slain. Six suspects will be holed up inside the Museum, ready to be accused, and to defend themselves, but who will work out whodunit?
The evening will also delve into the gripping and sometimes shocking history of the Bowes family, looking at the life of Mary Eleanor Bowes, John Bowes’ grandmother. She was known as ‘The Unhappy Countess’, due to her having married ‘the worst husband in England’ according to Wendy Holden, who wrote about her life in the gripping non-fiction work Wedlock.
A behind the scenes tour of the Library and Archives will provide visitors with a further look into the history of the family and the Museum. The library offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, bringing a sense of serenity amongst all this scandal!
In character as local hero Jeremiah Dixon, a costumed Jonathan Peacock - curator of the exhibition ‘Jeremiah Dixon: Scientist, Surveyor, Stargazer’ - will be enthralling ‘late nighters’ with licentious tales of Georgian exploits.
Or why not improve your language of love in our fun French workshop?
Delicious food and a licensed bar will be available all evening in Café Bowes, so come and join us for an unmissable evening - a snip at £5.00 for access to all activities and exhibitions, including the enchanting Dreamscapes by Vogue fashion photographer Tim Walker: