Inside Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

The main attraction at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is a silver swan automaton. The model in itself is a beautiful object:-

Swan Automaton, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Bowes Museum Swan

Swan Articulated Model, Bowes Museum

Replacement parts:-

Parts of Automaton Swan, Bowes Museum

Unfortunately when we were there the swan wasn’t in operation. I think it needed maintenance work.

Hoewvere there was an explanatory video of its operation and movement. (The video is also available on YouTube. See below.) The articulation is amazing, the glass rods representinng water in motion are particularly effective. The swan “catches” and “eats” a fish at about 4.50 in the video. Real swans are of course vegetarian:-

I liked this piece of stained glass too:-

Stained Glass, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle,

Stained Glass Info Board, Bowes Museum

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