The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle has some beautiful collections, including one of the greatest collections of North Country Quilts. This collection will be on display until January 2022. Several of our members have already been to visit – you can follow Caroline Griffiths latest visit in our Blogger section.
The lovely people in charge there have donated two tickets for entry to the collections, plus a copy of their latest book cataloguing the quilts they have acquired and which are on display.
North Country Quilting: In Celebration of New Acquisitions by The Bowes Museum catalogue by Dorothy Osler will be waiting for the lucky winner when they visit. We have already reviewed this book and you can read this in our blogger section. This exhibition celebrates the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years.
North Country quilts have been made throughout the region for over 200 years, with characteristics including patterns being stitched through the layers, subtly creating softly sculptured surfaces.
Contemporary textile artists now reference this tradition within their work, which is reflected in the exhibition.
Other examples include a 19th century strippy quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother, wholecloth, pieced and chintz quilts as well as coverlets and much more.
Curated by Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum’s Curator of Fashion and Textiles, and Dorothy Osler, Author and Exhibition Consultant, the exhibition.
Their staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.
Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.
North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned for people to enjoy.
Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked via their website.. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.
You have until 30th June, 2021 to enter and the winner will be notified asap after that date via personal message in the first instance and announced on this post.
If you would like to win this lovely prize then simply click the entry box below. You will need to be signed in to this website of course as usual and our terms and conditions apply. Good luck.
Our lucky winner is Vivienne Rowden