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Teaching Support

A group of people wearing gloves gather round as a woman shows them a framed picture.

Durham University’s museums and collections support teaching at undergraduate and graduate level for a range of courses across Durham University and for other universities in the region. Our team of curators are experienced teachers and recognised specialists in their own subject areas. They regularly deliver or support the delivery of, teaching to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students across a wide range of disciplines.  

Members of the museum's team are happy to provide support and guidance to academics seeking to work with our collections in either the physical or digital realms. If you are seeking to develop a new course or module we would be happy to talk to you about how our collections and expertise might enhance your teaching activities.    

In support of digital engagement, curators can provide course leaders with additional information on the collections and individual objects that can be used as a focus for teaching. Database records or images suitable for teaching can be emailed to course leaders and we can also supply high-resolution images where they are available.   

Many objects have six images or more, allowing students to experience the object ‘in the round’ as much as possible in the digital realm.  In addition, we look forward to the point at which we can once again deliver hands-on object-based teaching sessions (subject to our meeting relevant Health and Safety requirements). Please email our Collections Assistant for more information.  

Dissertations and virtual placements  

Our staff are working with a number of course leaders to provide support for dissertations, project work and virtual museum placements for their students in subjects ranging from MA International Cultural Heritage Management to MA Translation Studies. If you are interested in working with us on courses of this type, please email our Collections Assistant and we will match you up with the most relevant curator.  

We also offer teaching support through our Archives and Special Collections Services.