The Bowes Museum delighted by continued support of Darlington Building Society

The Bowes Museum delighted by continued support of Darlington Building Society

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce the continuation of its successful partnership with the members of Darlington Building Society. The partnership formed in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength, with this year supporting the Museum in three key areas.

The Society is very excited to add a new element into the partnership, it will be supporting the Museum to venture into different areas. This support involves Julia Dunn, the Museum’s Education Learning Coordinator, delivering a programme of accessibility in local care homes.

Julia has already established relationships with four care homes in Barnard Castle, and with Darlington Building Society’s support has now produced additional stimulating image panels and handling objects to share with residents of other homes. The panels will highlight the Museum’s forthcoming Catwalking exhibition; its WW1 project; antiques, and the story of the Museum founders, John and Joséphine Bowes.

“We recognise the importance of finding ways to reach out to our local communities, who find it difficult to access the Museum and the benefits of developing a relationship,” said Julia. “Where we can share our collections in a supportive and interactive way it is very rewarding.”

“It was such a fun and interesting session, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it,” commented Catherine Howard, Lifestyle Coordinator at The Manor House.

This outreach programme will be replicated across the region, reaching across the catchment areas covered by Darlington Building Society.

To build on the partnership from the previous year the Society will again be supporting the Museum to run an accessibility programme, with this year’s funding bringing disadvantaged groups from deprived areas to enjoy the Museum’s family exhibition, The BFG in Pictures, which opens on 14th July and runs throughout the school holidays.

The Museum’s Fundraising Officer, Alison Nicholson, said: “The accessibility programme allows those who would not ordinarily have easy access to the arts to participate in the various experiences we offer. Last year’s programme was so well received, and we are very grateful to Darlington Building Society for this further support.”

The funding will give families the chance to enjoy a wide range of art and craft activities during the school holidays, each connected to The BFG in Pictures exhibition.

As a National Portfolio Museum (NPO), The Bowes Museum has a commitment to the Arts Council’s Creative Case for Diversity, exploring new ways of appealing to audiences and offering an inclusive programme of events and exhibitions.

In addition to supporting accessibility programmes Darlington Building Society will again be the Museum’s exhibition partner for the major summer show, which is Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore. Opening on 7th July and running until 6 January 2019, it showcases the work of Chris Moore, who has remained at the forefront of fashion photography for over 60 years and is still producing stunning images from every major catwalk show. His amazing pictures will be presented alongside 40 original catwalk outfits in a unique collaboration with the world’s leading fashion houses.

Jess Holmes, Customer Service Consultant from Darlington Building Society, said, “The Bowes Museum is one of the most iconic places within our country and we are very proud to have it on our doorstep. Not everyone gets the chance to share the experience of the Museum so we are very pleased that due to our members we can show our support and help with both accessibility programmes and also to continue to be a strong partner of the Museum.”

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