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17 November, 10 - 4.30
Booking required £55 or £53 Friends, includes morning and afternoon refreshments.
Get ready for Christmas with this fun workshop from artist Colleen Vaux. Using layering and collage techniques, you'll learn how to create wonderfully vibrant cards, gift labels, boxes and notebooks. You'll come away with your own unique and individual cards and gifts to share with the special people in your life. This workshop is suitable for everyone, beginners are welcome and all materials are provided. This is a small group workshop, with a maximum of 12 participants, so you can enjoy a fun and relaxing day.
Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East on Film
23 November, 2.15-3.45
Join us on an interactive cinematic journey through the social development of the North East region from WW2 to today. Dr Ben Lamb from Teesside University will introduce each film and together we’ll talk about what makes the social character of our area so distinctive. You’ll be invited to share your memories about how accessing healthcare, housing, education and other human rights have changed over the years and reflect on what we can learn from the past to improve our future.
This screening is brought to you by the North East Film Archive, as part of their North East on Film project connecting the people and communities of the region with their film heritage, in partnership with Teesside University. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Teesside University.
Night Photography @ The Bowes Museum
23 November, 5.30 – 8.00
£43 per person
This workshop, led by Gary Lintern, is aimed at photographers of all experience levels, including absolute beginners. You will have private access to The Bowes Museum and its grounds. It is scheduled for a moonless night, during astronomical darkness. The building’s floodlights will be turned off, so (weather permitting) you will be able to get shots of the night sky, including stars and the Milky Way, over the roof of the museum.
Afternoon Tea with Jazz
24 November, 2.15
£19.95 per person
Enjoy afternoon tea with a selection of seasonal sandwiches, dainty desserts and Christmas scones, all washed down served with Premium Tea or Fairtrade Coffee in the magnificent surroundings of the Picture Galleries with live jazz vocals and piano.
The Quintessential Cornish
26 November, 2.15
Join Norman Cornish' biographers Gillian Wales and Dr Bob McManners for a fascinating talk about his life and work. Their book The Quintessential Cornish, the authorised biography was originally published to coincide with Norman's 90th birthday and has been reprinted to celebrate his Centenary Year.
Museum Book Group
26 November, 2.30
Everyone is welcome at this informal book group. We each bring a book and talk about it and have a lively discussion. Books can be on any subject, fiction or non fiction, contemporary or modern, poetry or prose. Please just drop in or email Judith.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Norman Cornish Gallery Talks
28 November, 2.15
Join Dr. Howard Coutts for a short introduction to the Norman Cornish exhibition.
Singing for the Brain Christmas Special
29 November, 10.30 - 12.00noon
Singing for the Brain sessions use singing to bring people living with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating way. In this session, we’ll explore the Museum decorated for Christmas before having some refreshments and a festive singalong in the picture galleries. The singalong is open to all Museum visitors, so if you’d like to join in or listen please come along to the picture galleries from 11.30.
For more information and to book, please contact Sharon Simms 0191 3890400 Sharon.Simms@alzheimers.org.uk To learn more about Singing for the Brain, please visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/your-support-services/singing-for-the-brain
Jingle and Mingle Evening
29 November, 7.00 - late
This is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends to celebrate this jolly season in the beautiful surroundings of The Bowes Museum. Immerse yourselves in the spirit of Christmas, enjoy a festive 3-course dinner with access to a bar and Christmas cocktails. Then dance the night away to party music and an astounding live singer. To get you into the Christmas spirit even more, we would like to offer people participating in this event complimentary admission to our very own Christmas Market, as an early present from us to you.
30 November, 11 – 2
Booking required for the workshop at 1
As part of The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia exhibition, the Elementary Sisterhood are sharing a story session and workshop. They are a group of writers who created a collection of stories of Sisterhood to raise money for Newcastle Woman's Aid.
Come along, meet the writers, hear their stories and create your own.
11 – 12 Reading from the Elementary Sisterhood followed by a Q&A session.
Come and find out why they write stories in the way that they do and muse with us about the role of a modern heroine vs heroines of the past.
1 – 2 Writing workshop: Creating strong female characters (max 30 participants).
In this workshop you have the chance to work on your own female character and explore what makes them tick. There will be exercises for character development and an opportunity to discuss your work before exploring the exhibition.
Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto
1 - 22 December £12 per child
Santa has made space again in his busy pre-Christmas schedule to come to the Museum this December so join us for a magical family experience.
3 December, 2.15
Join us for an introduction to the exhibition The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia.
Behind the scenes at The Bowes Museum
3 December, 5.45
Gala Theatre, Durham
The Bowes Museum is one of the jewels in County Durham’s crown. Those who care for and work with its collections discuss their work and share insights into its history and current activities.
Guido Reni: Unveiling a Master
4 December, 2 - 3.30
Join exhibition curator Bernadette Petti and leading academics for a roundtable panel discussion to accompany The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia (26 October 2019 – 20 January 2020). This is the first UK exhibition outside London dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni and features works by the artist from prestigious public and private collections. We will be looking at his outstanding career and the most recent investigations on his paintings held in UK collections. The guest speakers are Nicky Grimaldi and Michelle Carlin from Northumbria University, and Caroline Rae and Peter Black from the Hunterian Museum. Everyone is welcome and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the event.
6 December, 5 - 7
Come and join us for a fun and festive evening at the Museum. Enjoy late night shopping for Christmas gifts, cards and decorations and relax with delicious seasonal food and drinks in Café Bowes. The galleries will be decorated for Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to come and make some memories around the trees and enjoy the wonderful winter exhibitions.
Yuletide Festive Lunch with Carols,
8 December, 12.30
£25.95 for adults, £17.95 for children
Celebrate Christmas with a delicious 3 course lunch with live festive music in the magnificent surroundings of the Jubilee Room while enjoying stunning panoramic views of Teesdale.
13, 14 & 15 December, 10 – 4
£5 adults, £2.50 children, pass holders free
Join us for the feel good event of the season as our annual Christmas Market returns with over 70 handpicked stalls selling artisan food and drinks, festive crafts and fabulous live music to help get you in the Christmas spirit early!
Museum Book Group
17 December, 2.30
Everyone is welcome at this informal book group. We each bring a book and talk about it and have a lively discussion. Books can be on any subject, fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or modern, poetry or prose. Please just drop in or email Judith.email@example.com for more information.