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Families and Lifelong Learning

Durham University Library and Collections offer a range of fun, engaging and accessible workshops, resources and experiences for people of all ages. Find out more below and we look forward to welcoming you to our venues. 

Families and Children 

Discover the incredible collections in our venues for families of all ages with our wide-ranging family programme suitable for multiple age groups.

Lifelong Learning

People of all ages want to learn and explore, discover our offer for learners of all ages and abilities. Learn something new, discover incredible stories in our collections and meet like-minded people in our welcoming and friendly spaces.

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Lifelong Learning Groups

We welcome lifelong learning groups such as the University of the Third Age (U3A), Women’s Institute (WI), Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and more.
Lifelong learning group member taking part in a workshop handling museum objects.

Creative Age

Creative Age is a free, weekly art group for people living with dementia or other long-term health challenges and their carers.
A pair of older participants at Creative Age

Visiting Clubs and Groups

We welcome lifelong learning groups such as Rainbows, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides or other adult or children's community groups at all our venues.

Book Club

The Library and Collections Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month from 5pm - 6pm in the Oriental Museum café.
A group of people taking part in the Book Club

Upcoming events

ART SOCIAL: After-hours Museum Hunt

Tuesday 5 March, 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Art Socials

Autism-Friendly Family Activity Fun

Thursday 7 March, 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oriental Museum
A family looking at an exhibition at the Oriental Museum.

Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum

Thursday 7 March, 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Oriental Museum galleries from above

Hats off

Saturday 9 March, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Blue, white and gold Topi hat. The hat is from Peshawar, Pakistan, but has a label inside that indicates it was manufactured in Xi'an in China. It is circular with an eight point star stitched in blue on the top, surrounded by alternating circles of gold and blue thread. The same blue star is stitched around the sides, connected by gold thread in a diamond shape. The Topi hat can be a symbol of th



People taking part in an accessible touch tour event and handling museum objects.


Support for neurodiversity, physical access and more information can be found here for our programmes and workshops.

Accessible workshops