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BOWES MUSEUM What a grand day out !!
« on: Aug 01, 2008, 19:45 »
Hi All, 

Ok,  as previously stated the  North East has many wonderful attractions and places to visit ......   

I have never been and  wanted somewhere to go  locally to  get out and avoid the rain .........    PLEASE NOT THE METRO CENTRE !!

So  Bowes Musuem it was ....

What a lovely  place,    very friendly and  very  family friendly   ( plenty of things hands on for kids that they cannot break )

Nice interesting place

Seen the  Famous  Silver swan,     OK  it was working,  but  no music as its been playing up for a few weeks 

Its  going to have a 200 year  major  service  soon,    by a local   watch maker   repairer



 

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Re: BOWES MUSEUM What a grand day out !!
« Reply #1 on: Aug 06, 2008, 16:32 »
Bowes Museum is an absolute treasure- love it, love it, love it!

The silver swan is one of the most remarkable objects I've even seen, so I'm glad to hear it's going to get some TLC.

The ceramics collection is grand, the permanent collection of paintings includes a lovely little Goya and several other gems... the temporary exhibitions are always good.

......And the cafe serves an excellent lemon meringue pie in very generous portions!! 

It's an brilliant "wet day out", but it's well worth a visit whatever the weather.  ...... I'm a big fan- can you tell? :lol:



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Re: BOWES MUSEUM What a grand day out !!
« Reply #2 on: Aug 06, 2008, 19:31 »
Hi Ferryhill lass,

I didn't want to say too  much  as  its worth a visit ..... 

I must admit,    I didn't  go to the cafe....     but went to the stables cafe  in the town

Just how much money is actually sitting in Bowes museum...     the art work is amazing     


Ok  it might be pricey for entrance fee.....    but I think its  VFM  as you can plod around at your leisure

thing is  all prices are quoted on website  so you can make up your own mind  if you can afford it





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« Reply #3 on: Aug 06, 2008, 19:43 »
I know I always get my money's worth!  But I do love ceramics and paintings....  and this is an unusual collection.   

It makes me proud that the region has such a great collection.. and in such amazing setting,  but it's a pity that it isn't better known.   

There's something very poignant about the proceeds of mining being used to create something so unlikely!

 

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« Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2008, 12:57 »
Happened to be speaking to someone from Bowes Museum this morning, who told me that specialist horologist Matthew Read is going to be working on The Silver Swan in the galleries in September 2008.

He will be working  behind a perspex screen, dismantling the thousands of component parts that make up this wonderful automaton, so that the process can be viewed by the public.  His work is going to allow the development of a complete conservation record, ensuring Bowes staff can keep the swan in working order for many years to come.

Despite its outer facade, and lack of dial and hands, the swan is operated by three intricate clockwork mechanisms- hence the use of a clock specialist.

So for anyone interested in things mechanical, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see into the inner workings of a national treasure!





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Re: BOWES MUSEUM What a grand day out !!
« Reply #5 on: Aug 15, 2008, 22:14 »
Hi,

saw this in the paper a few weeks ago.....     

Thing is...   its        BOWES  MUSEUM        ( a proper down to earth approach ....  and showing the public MORE)

Why remove it  when it can become another attraction....

Simple things made easy,  its going to be worth a look to see inside that beast

I hope he doesnt loose any screws between the wooden floor !!



Can you imagine how much dirt must be inside that swan ?

 :mrgreen:

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 16, 2008, 11:22 »
... and all those fish it's been "eating" for generations...  :lol: :lol:

I'm sure he'll be very professional- no "unnecessary" bits left over when it's reassembled, or screws on the floor(!)

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Re: BOWES MUSEUM What a grand day out !!
« Reply #7 on: Aug 17, 2008, 10:17 »
Just a thought ?

Did they have screws / technology  200 years ago ?

If so  what  " thread "  would they be ?

I thought it would be pins and shafts and cogs

Lets hope this guy is sponsored by WD40  as I think he may need it ?

Wonder how much this restoration is going to cost ?

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