Although I've visited the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle several times over the years, it still holds that wow factor for me when entering the grounds and glimpsing its magnificent aristocratic French chateau-like frontage. My attendance was not for an exotic masquerade ball or an elaborate highbrow dining experience however, but rather to promote the museum's upcoming open day with an emphasis on what goes on behind the scenes - just as exciting!
Commissioned by The Northern Echo, it was a pleasure to once more enter the historic attraction and peruse both the familiar and new (renovated sections of the building that I'd not seen before). Highlights include a wide range of artwork, varying from classical paintings to Vivienne Westwood designs, and an exhibition focused on birds, and the famous silver mechanical swan, now 250 years old! Along with a chance to meet curators and artists, take part in workshops and gain the knowledge of a guided tour, the open day - happening this Saturday - should prove to be an interesting and enjoyable experience in one of the North East's most iconic structures.
Clock maker and conservator Callum Scobie-Youngs with the silver swan.
Curator of fashion and textiles, Rachel Whitworth preparing objects for the open day.
Education manager Julia Dunn in the Blue Picture Gallery.
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