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How the Bowes Museum Silver Swan works

Silver Swan Credit: Bowes Museum

The swan is life-size and is controlled by three separate clockwork mechanisms.

The Silver Swan rests on a stream made of twisted glass rods interspersed with silver fish.

When the mechanism is wound up, the glass rods rotate, the music begins, and the Swan twists its head to the left and right and appears to preen its back.

It then appears to sight a fish in the water below and bends down to catch it, which it then swallows as the music stops and it resumes its upright position.

You can see the Swan in action every afternoon at 2.00 at the Bowes Museum. The performance lasts approximately 40 seconds.


YSL exhibition extended due to high demand

The Yves Saint Laurent retrospective Credit: ITV News

County Durham's Bowes Museum is extending its Yves Saint Laurent UK exhibition until November 8.

The first British retrospective of the designer's work and life has also proved to be the most successful in the museum's 100-year history.

Finest fashion feathers fly into Co Durham Museum

Thierry Mugler Haute Couture Collection

'Birds of Paradise', a new exhibition will be visiting Bowes Museum in County Durham for the next six months starting tomorrow, October 26.

It will be displaying 'Plumes and Feathers in Fashion' as a tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present.

Catwalk creations featured will be from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers and will include designers Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci.

Watch Julie Harrison's full report on the exhibition below:


Titanic-era wedding dress goes on show

The Lady Duff Gordon wedding dress Credit: Bowes Museum
Detail of Lady Duff Gordon wedding dress Credit: Bowes Museum
The bride, Linda Beatrice Morritt, wearing the wedding dress Credit: Bowes Museum

A wedding dress designed by a survivor of the Titanic is going on show at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. The dress, designed by Lady Duff Gordon - known as Lucile - is the centrepiece of an exhibition highlighting the glamorous world of 1912.

The exhibition in the Fashion and Textile Gallery at the museum runs until the end of the year. Lucile was rescued from the Titanic in April 1912.

She had already designed the dress which was worn by Linda Beatrice Morritt at her wedding to William Barnard Rhodes Moorhouse in London on 25th June that same year. The dress is in almost perfect condition and was donated to the museum by the nieces of the bride in 1989.