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The museum draws on its extensive archive of material pertaining to the Napoleonic era to consider the life and times of the French Emperor.

Thanks to the fascination of its founders John and Joséphine Bowes in society under the political and military leader Napoleon, the Bowes Museum is rich with artefacts that tell of this particular period in French history. A fitting start to the institution’s 125th anniversary celebrations, this exhibition charts the rise and fall of the complex figure and his impact on Europe.

Four thematic sections make up the display, from prints that present Napoleon as a political mover and shaker to portraits exploring connections between wider occupied Europe; paintings that tell of a changing high society in France and British military medals following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

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Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

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Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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