Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Engaging Young Minds

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Engaging Young Minds

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Byline: By Kate Owens

The Bowes Museum is dedicated to education, as Kate Owens explains.

The Bowes Museum's extensive education resources are to be further enriched in February and March with new galleries and events.

The museum's ground floor Streatlam Galleries are set to open at the end of March as evolving spaces for family-orientated exhibitions. These new galleries will provide an introduction to the Bowes for families with the kind of handy interpretation you would find in a Dorling Kindersley children's Eyewitness Guide.

In a friendly format, you will be introduced to the key features of the museum in Barnard Castle which was founded by the Queen Mother's ancestor John Bowes as a gift to his French wife Josephine in 1869.

The opening exhibition will include the development of furniture, textiles, ceramics, paintings and archaeology. The new displays will also include investigation of key objects, their style, production methods, function and importance.

Lisa Jeffries, education manager at The Bowes Museum says: "On March 31 the Streatlam Galleries will open. Here you will be able to look at the history of key objects at the museum using simple interaction. The galleries will be very engaging."

Another exciting development at the Bowes is its ongoing theatrical events programme. Consett-based Mad Alice Theatre Company is committed to the use of drama in education and the community. Actors from the company already bring John and Josephine Bowes and their French art dealer Amelie Basset to life with a regular event, Tea with the Bowes. The actors take their audience on a journey through their lives and around the museum before tea and cakes in the grand Jubilee Room.

The characters of John, Josephine and Amelie are important to the Bowes education programme.

John introduces you to life as a Victorian gentleman, MP and landowner. Josephine gives an introduction to art, the French language and gives a comparison between France and England in the 1870s, while Amelie talks about the French Revolution and collecting for the Bowes. …

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