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New Reading Room Opening Its Doors As The Bowes Museum Marks Heritage Open Days

The Bowes Museum’s newly created Reference Library and Archives Reading Room will be opening its doors to show off its hidden treasures to residents and visitors free of charge on Sunday 12 September. Organised by archivist Judith Phillips, the activities form part of Heritage Open Days, a national annual event supported by English Heritage.

The Bowes Museum

This new facility, dedicated to the Museum’s former chairman of the Board of Trustees The Viscount Eccles, will be open between 10.30 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 4.00, offering an opportunity to see a display of documents and books from the library and archives, talk to staff and volunteers about the fabulous collection and enjoy fantastic views across the rolling countryside from the Museum’s central dome.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to this wonderful new facility and introducing them to some of the fascinating books and documents here,” said Judith.

Call 01833 690606 ext 208 to reserve a place, or email [email protected]. Please note that while access to the Reading Room, Café Bowes and Shop is free of charge, normal admission applies to the Museum galleries and exhibitions.

The Reference Library and Archives Reading Room is open to members of the public for three half-day sessions each week on a two week rota. For further information and to book a visit, call 01833 690606 ext 208 or email [email protected].

Heritage Open Days activities will take place all over England from 9-12 September 2010 as part of European Heritage Days, in which 49 countries participate. Over 1 million visitors up and down the country are expected to take advantage of the four-day event, exploring more than 4,000 buildings and events, ranging from private homes, castles, factories, churches, mosques and temples, historic gardens and parks as well as contemporary design classics.

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