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Current Projects

Find out more about our current projects.

Cosin’s Library Project

A project to unlock and develop intellectual access to Cosin’s Library.
Portrait of Bishop Cosin

Durham Priory Library Recreated

Digitising the surviving books of Durham Priory that are still in Durham.
Image showing start of 1416 catalogue of Durham Priory Library books

Normal Chapel Conservation

Norman Chapel Conservation and interpretation project.
The Norman Chapel

Partnership with the National Museum of Japanese History

Bringing together specialists from the Oriental Museum and the National Museum of Japanese History to work on a wide range of projects.
National Museum of Japanese History signing of Memorandum of Understanding

Partnership with the Palace Museum Beijing

Bringing together the University and China’s Palace Museum, two world-renowned centres of research and cultural excellence, for the first time.
Visitors to the Lonquan of the World exhibition look at a lantern on loan from the Oriental Museum

Partnership with the University of Malaya

Curators at the Oriental Museum have been working with the University of Malaya to research important Chinese ceramic collections.
2019 Malaysia Museums Workshop in Kuala Lumpur

Shedding Light on British Medieval Manuscripts

Examining the pigments and inks used in medieval manuscripts.
Palace Green Library Exterior

Silk Roads Gallery

This major new gallery will be completed in summer 2021, transforming the ground floor of the Oriental Museum.
Silk roads finishing bed plinth

Student Art Prize

Our annual University-wide Student Art Prize to expand opportunities around creativity and to develop a new permanent student art collection.
Alice Stubbings artwork

Universities at War

Volunteers have been researching the biographies of members of Durham University who served during the First World War.
Durham Castle