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Bowes Museum needs volunteer tour guides

Each year, more than 4,000 people are given tours around The Bowes Museum by volunteer guides. There are currently 22 volunteers, who last year took between them, 196 daily tours and 40 booked tours.

Tours last around an hour and visitors are told the story of the Museum, how it was founded by John and Joséphine Bowes, then shown around the Collections, with the guide picking items that they think the group may be interested in to tell them more about.

The number of tours is expected to increase this year and the number of volunteers is dwindling so a call’s now going out asking people to think about becoming a volunteer guide.

Ray Morris, Chair of the Guides Committee, said: “If you’re outgoing, friendly and enjoy telling a story then it could be just the thing for you, and we can give advice and support to people who would like to become a volunteer guide. We give tours every day of the week and once you’re trained up you can do as many or as few as you want.”

There is ongoing training from curators, who keep volunteer guides up to date with information about the collections.

For more information about applying to become a guide please contact either Ray Morris on: 01325 488396 or Sue Fielder on 01748 822011 or email:

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