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Penned and Printed

An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.

27 May 2023 - 31 March 2025

Palace Green Library

  • Exhibition

Student Art Prize 2023/34: Paradise

Visit the Student Art Prize 2023/24 exhibition and explore this years theme of Paradise.

01 May 2024 - 31 March 2025

10:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Palatine Center Stockton Rd, Durham DH1 3LE

  • Creative
  • Library and Collections

Toy Box: celebrating toys and games across cultures

A student-led, family-friendly summer exhibition showcasing toys from across Asia and Egypt to celebrate a simple fact of humanity: we all love to play.

23 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Public
  • Family friendly

Eternal Ascent: Bentley Beetham and the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition

This exhibition marks the centenary of the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition, the first Western, and ultimately tragic, attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world.

24 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Public
  • Family friendly

Under Durham: The Untold Stories

When you think about the history of Durham, what comes to mind? Beautiful architecture, rich and powerful people and the history you find in textbooks. But how often do we stop and think about the lives of ordinary people? This exhibition explores the past of Durham through the ordinary people who lived and worked here.

24 May 2024 - 21 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

  • Exhibition

Repair and Care: The Norman Chapel Project

Have you ever looked at an ancient castle and wondered how it’s still standing? This exhibition will explore the history of construction and building conservation at Durham Castle, with a particular focus on the Norman Chapel Project, a long-term endeavour to preserve the oldest free-standing building in Durham.

24 May 2024 - 17 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

  • Exhibition

DU Poetry Society 'Living Objects'

Living Objects shows a display of poems by DU Poetry Society

31 May 2024 - 30 September 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum Elvet Hill Durham DH1 3TH

  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Library and Collections

Play Time!

Explore our new exhibition all about play and toys, then try making your own game.

22 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

  • Family friendly

Little Dragons

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

26 June 2024

9:30 AM - 10:31 AM

Oriental Museum

  • Creative
  • Public

Little Dragons

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

26 June 2024

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Oriental Museum

  • Creative
  • Public