The imposing front of Bowes Museum. The museum was built in the 19th century by local businessman John Bowes and his wife Josephine. The Bowes developed the idea of creating a world-class museum in his ancestral home in Teesdale, their enthusiasm for collecting was such that between 1862 and1874 they purchased 15,000 objects for the museum.
Sadly the Bowes never saw their dream of a museum come to fruition, Josephine died in 1874 and John's motivation took an enormous blow and he virtually ceased collecting and died 1885. Despite their deaths the momentum for the museum had reached such a scale that it continued under the leadership of trustees and finally opened to the public in June 1892. The museum is said to contain the greatest collection of Eurpoean fine and decorative art in the North East of England. Unfortunately due to the lateness of the day and the approaching bad weather we're saving this museum for another day.