2003

NZ0516 : Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

taken 20 years ago, near to Barnard Castle, County Durham, England

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Purpose built as a museum in the 19th century in the French style by John Bowes, the son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore and a successful businessman, along with his wife Joséphine. It was opened to the public on 10th June 1892 and attracted nearly 63,000 visitors in its first year LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
Bowes Museum

John Bowes (1811-85) was the illegitimate son of the tenth Earl of Strathmore. He spent many years living in France where he met and married Josephine Benoite, Countess of Montalbo. The couple amassed a large collection of objets d'art before returning to England and the Bowes Museum was designed to receive this collection and display it to the public. Bowes acquired land for the museum in 1869-70 in an area immediately east of Barnard Castle shown on the 1856 OS map as open fields.

Both Bowes and his wife died before completion of the project, but work was continued by the trustees and the museum was opened in 1892. Trusteeship of the museum was transferred to Durham County Council in 1956 and remains open to the public.

List Entry Number: 1000728 LinkExternal link
The Bowes Museum website: LinkExternal link


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NZ0516, 379 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 5 December, 2003   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 31 August, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 055 163 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:32.5235N 1:54.9261W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 055 162
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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