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Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

The Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions team within University Library and Collections care for more than 100,000 objects spread across the Oriental Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Durham Castle Museum, as well as the University Art Collection and parts of the University Biosciences Collection.   

These collections range in date from 250,000 years ago to the present day and come from more than 60 different countries worldwide.   

In addition to our public galleries, and ambitious exhibition and events programmes, we also contribute to a wide range of teaching and research activity within the University.  Our curators provide support and guidance to students and academics at Durham University and from around the globe, enabling them to work with our collections both physically and online in support of teaching, research, outreach and impact.   

Explore our collections

Search Our Collections

Explore our collections online, refine your search results or get in touch for more support.

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About Our Collections

Find out more about the range and depth of each of our collections.  

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How to use our collections and get support

  • Using Our Collections

    From making an appointment to research the collections to obtaining permission to publish.  

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  • Academic Support

    Find out how our expert staff can support your teaching, research and impact activities.  

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Using Our Collections

From making an appointment to research the collections to obtaining permission to publish.  

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Academic Support

Find out how our expert staff can support your teaching, research and impact activities.  

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Our research-led international projects

  • Projects and Partners

    Learn more about our range of research-led international projects and partnerships. 

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  • Case Studies

    Our case studies provide some examples of different ways we can work with you.

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Projects and Partners

Learn more about our range of research-led international projects and partnerships. 

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Case Studies

Our case studies provide some examples of different ways we can work with you.

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Museums and Collections sites

We have a number of sites across University Library and Collections, including fantastic libraries, research rooms, museums and galleries.

Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library

Barker Research Library

Our Archives and Special Collections are held within the Barker Research Library, located in the historic Palace Green Library. The Library is bright and airy, making for a peaceful place to study and work.

Barker Research Library
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RN
United Kingdom

Opening times: 10am - 5pm Monday - Friday (by appointment only)
Number 5, The College

Number 5, The College

5 The College is a Grade II Listed Building within the cathedral close (called 'The College' in Durham). It is home to the Durham Cathedral Archive and other collections.

5 The College
Durham
DH1 3EQ
United Kingdom

Opening times: 9am - 5pm Wednesday and 9am - 4pm Thursday (by appointment only)

Durham Castle

Sitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site, Durham Castle is now home to the students of University College, as well as our museum and collections.

Durham Castle
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RW

Opening times: For opening times, please see the website.
Museum of Archaeology

Museum of Archaeology

The Museum of Archaeology's collections range from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. Our gallery charting the story of Durham is housed within Palace Green Library.

Museum of Archaeology
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RN

Opening times: 10am - 5pm Monday - Sunday (pre-booking required)
Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum

From Ancient Egypt to modern China, our Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia.

Oriental Museum
Elvet Hill
Durham
DH1 3TH
United Kingdom 

Opening times: 10am - 4pm Wed - Fri and 12am - 4pm Sat - Sun (pre-booking required)

Explore our libraries, museums, and galleries

  • Visit Us

    Find out how to visit our Libraries, Museums and Collections sites.

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  • Partner Libraries

    Find out more about our two partner libraries, Durham Cathedral Library and Ushaw College Library.

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Visit Us

Find out how to visit our Libraries, Museums and Collections sites.

Showcases, art and museum displays at the Oriental Museum over three levels

Partner Libraries

Find out more about our two partner libraries, Durham Cathedral Library and Ushaw College Library.

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Explore our latest news and events

  • Latest News

    Keep up to date with our latest news and additions to our collections.

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  • Our Events

    Search our events calendar, we offer a diverse range of activities and exhibitions.

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Latest News

Keep up to date with our latest news and additions to our collections.

Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library

Our Events

Search our events calendar, we offer a diverse range of activities and exhibitions.

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