Durham University Archaeology Museum

Durham University Museum of Archaeology
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Our gallery is part of the redeveloped Palace Green Library, at the heart of the World Heritage Site in Durham. The research collections are housed in a separate location within easy walking distance of the gallery in the Old Fulling Mill.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open at Palace Green Library. The gallery is open Monday, 12 – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Admission charges

Free entry to the 'Living on the Hills' gallery

Highlights include outstanding Roman collections together with Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor finds from Durham City and the local area.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Religion, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Oswald-Plique Samianware collection
  • Excavations of Saddler Street, Durham City
  • Durham City Survey
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
DECAY

DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

  • 16 June — 29 October 2017 *on now

How can water destroy glass? Why do we not have much iron from the Iron Age? Why should I brush my teeth twice each day?

The key is TIME.

Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects.

A new exhibition now open at Durham University’s Museum of Archaeology, in Palace Green Library. Created by the MA Museum and Artefact students ‘Decay: Time, Objects & Destruction’ showcases the impact of time on objects.

DECAY explores the interesting effect that time can have on museum objects. The exhibition aims to showcase the different stages of object decay by looking at various types of materials, including leather, glass and iron. Objects from the local area are integrated into the existing Living on the Hills gallery to show the impact of decay and explain the scientific process behind it.

DECAY also looks to the future to see what the effect of times are on modern artefacts – such as mobile phones, plastics and toys, to ask: what will these objects look like in 500 years?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

Exhibition room at the Old Fulling Mill Museum

Admission

Free entry.

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology.museum/whatson/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Festival of British Archaeology

Festival of British Archaeology

  • 22 July 2017 11am-2pm

Come to the Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library to join in the Festival of British Archaeology and display of the Lanchester Diploma - the first complete Roman Fleet diploma ever found in Britain.

Bring any mystery objects for identification by your local Finds Liaison Officer from the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Have a have a go at pot washing recently discovered archaeology to finally bring the finds to light after hundreds of years covered in soil.

Drop in activity, suitable for all.

Free of charge.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age

Admission

Free of charge for Festival of British Archaeology

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology.museum/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

A Roman Resource Pack for Teachers

http://www.fireyourimagination.net

A high quality downloadable teaching resource for use in the classroom. This teacher's pack is related to the exhibition on Roman pottery, "Fire Your Imagination" at the Old Fulling Mill Museum. Contents include two lesson plans with linked PowerPoint presentations to be used with an interactive whiteboard (with high quality images), or printed out, and two games. The pack links literacy (non-fiction) and art and design subject areas closely with the history of the Romans. The pack is aimed at KS2 and is downloadable for FREE.

Creator

  • Claire Reed

How to obtain

To obtain this resource, on the Fire Your Imagination website www.fireyourimagination.net select the education section at the top of the page. The Teacher's Pack can be reached via the 'teachers resources' link on the left hand side of the education page. This resource is offered for FREE.

Living on the Hills Gallery

Family Activities

https://www.dur.ac.uk/palace.green/

Join in with Family Activities at weekends, at our Living in the Hills Gallery, Palace Green. Sessions take place 13.00-15.00 on a drop-in basis and are suitable for children aged 5-11 years.

How to obtain

Activities are free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details, contact archaeology.muesum@durham.ac.uk.

Durham University Archaeology Museum
Palace Green Library
Durham
DH1 3RN
England

Website

www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology.museum/

E-mail

All enquiries

archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk

Telephone

All enquiries

0191 334 2932

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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