Museum of Archaeology opens Living on the Hills: 10,000 Years of Durham exhibition

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 August 2014

Gallery preview: Living on the hills: 10,000 Years of Durham, Museum of Archaeology, Durham University

A photo of a painting of a medieval countryside location
Painting by JW Carmichael depicting Durham (circa 19th Century)© Durham Castle
The archaeologically prolific environs of Durham present a natural focal point for Durham University’s Palace Green Library, where the new permanent gallery explores the lives of locals during the past 10,000 years, displayed within an Old Fulling Mill and drawn from the resident collections and other regional museums.

A photo of an ancient sword
A Medieval horse pendant© Courtesy Durham University Library
Lenders include the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral and the Bowes Museum, with a community archaeology display highlighting the work of local groups, who are being invited to create future exhibitions for the space.

“Living on the Hills reveals the lives of the ordinary people who lived in or visited Durham over thousands of years using the tools, cups, bowls and the other everyday objects they used,” says Gemma Lewis, the curator of the gallery.

“The displays highlight the art and architecture left behind to be rediscovered by modern archaeologists: amateur and professional.

“Visitors can see prehistoric objects found by chance at the turn of the century, Roman objects uncovered by Victorian antiquarians and Medieval objects found during 1970s archaeological excavations.”

  • Open 10am-5pm (12pm-5pm Monday and Bank Holidays). Admission free. Visit the museum online for more.

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A photo of various ancient plates and beakers inside a museum display case
Items from post-Medieval Durham© Courtesy Durham University Library
A photo of various ancient plates and beakers inside a museum display case
Objects depicting religion in Romano-Britain© Courtesy Durham University Library
A photo of various ancient plates and beakers inside a museum display case
© Courtesy Durham University Library
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