Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum
Durham University
Elvet Hill
Durham
DH1 3TH
England

Website

www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum

E-mail

All enquiries

oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk

Telephone

All enquiries

0191 334 5694

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The Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of Britain devoted solely to the art and archaeology of the Orient. The remarkable collections reveal the great cultures of Asia; the Near and Middle East; and North Africa.

Highlights include the Chinese and Ancient Egyptian collections, which are Designated Collections of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 10.00-17.00
Sat - Sun & Bank Holidays 12.00-17.00

Closed: Between Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

Adults: £1.50
Children 5-16 and Over 60s: 75p
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £3.50
Free on production of relevant ID: Friends of the Oriental Museum, students in higher education, Durham University staff, Armed Forces, MA and NACF members

Additional info

See website for details

The Oriental Museum's collections number over 23,500 objects and range in date from prehistoric artefacts to contemporary arts. The collections cover the history and arts of the great cultures of Ancient Egypt, China, Japan, South and South East Asia and Islamic North Africa. The Chinese and Ancient Egyptian collections are Designated Collections of national importance.

The Egyptian collection is one of the best Egyptology resources in Britain. It ranges from the Pre-Dynastic to the Coptic periods in date and includes a wide selection of objects ranging from monumental sculpture to woven sandals. Numerous items of exceptional quality and international significance are included. Particular highlights are a unique 18th Dynasty boxwood carving of a Nubian servant girl; the 18th Dynasty polychrome sycamore boxes of Perpawty; and a fine 13th Dynasty granite statue of the vizier Paser.

The Chinese collection is one of the most comprehensive in Europe. It is a significant and representative collection of pieces from earlier dynasties as well as numerous fine examples from later dynasties. The museum recently purchased (2007) a portfolio of 60 contemporary Chinese prints, representing the work of many of China’s best contemporary printmakers.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Religion, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • 4th Duke of Northumberland's collection of Egyptian antiquities
  • Wellcome Collection of Ancient Egyptian objects
  • Malcolm MacDonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics
  • Sir Charles Hardinge Collection of Chinese jades and bronzes
  • Henry De Laszlo Collection Chinese Collection
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
vestiges of their hearts exhibition

Vestiges of their Hearts

  • 16 January — 29 March 2015 *on now

This exhibition showcases a series of carefully curated photographs taken during a humanitarian mission to the Tohoku region in Japan, with the aim of charting the humanitarian progress made in the various cities and towns hit by the 3.11 Great Tohoku Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear incident.

Three years on, while the general infrastructure in the vicinity has been restored, it is clear that many less tangible scars are still left unhealed: the struggling with the loss of loved ones, the rebuilding of homes destroyed and the uncertainty of their children's futures, these are all challenges which survivors still continue to face every day.

As such, Jorel Chan's main vision for this exhibition is to give visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of the people in these affected areas, so as to better allow people outside Japan to understand the present situation in Tohoku, not only in the political sense, but on a fundamentally human level that we can ultimately all relate to.

Admission

Normal museum admission charges apply.

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/exhibitions/

art studio no stigma attached exhibition at oriental museum

The Art Studio: No stigma attached

  • 16 January — 19 April 2015 *on now

The Art Studio is a Sunderland-based mental health charity that provides support to improve the lives of members through art.

Throughout 2014, members of the Art Studio took part in a series of workshops at the Oriental Museum as part of the South Asian Access Project. During these visits, members discovered and learnt about the South Asian collections at the museum and created art inspired by these visits and the museum artefacts. The art displayed reflects both the diversity of South Asian culture as well as the varied interests of group members. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media and styles - paintings, lino-cuts prints, sculptures, drawings and ceramics.

The focus of the exhibition is a large group piece which shares its name with the exhibition title, ‘No Stigma Attached’. This sculpture is in the form of a lotus flower emerging from murky waters and includes ceramic casts of member’s hands which represent the blossoming petals. The lotus flower, a traditional image of human potential was felt to be a fitting symbol for the Sunderland charity which has provided arts activities and studio spaces for people with mental health issues for over 25 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Oriental Museum

Admission

Normal museum admission prices apply.

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/exhibitions/

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.
Dragon

The Little Dragon Club

  • 28 January 2015 10-11am

Every Wednesday at Durham University Oriental Museum. This club is especially for children aged 0-5 years. Sessions include fun crafts, storytelling and object handling.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 0-4
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per child. Adults free. Booking essential - telephone 0191 3345691 or email oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk.

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/events/littledragons/

perfect pots

Perfect Pots

  • 31 January 2015 1-3pm

The Oriental Museum has an outstanding collection of Chinese ceramics. Let the galleries inspire you and paint your own porcelain vase.


Advice for parents and caregivers:
•This activity is drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated.
•This activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11.
•Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Where

Oriental Museum, DH1 3TH

Admission

Normal museum admission prices apply.

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/family/

mosque crafts

Marvellous Mosques

  • 7 February 2015 1-3pm

Create a colourful mosque silhouette picture to hang up at home.

Suitable for children aged 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Normal museum admission applies.

Website

http://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/events/

hina matsuri at Oriental Museum Feb 2015

Hina Matsuri

  • 13 February — 3 March 2015

See the Oriental Museum's complete set of traditional Japanese Hina Matsuri dolls, only displayed for a short time each year in the run up to Hina Matsuri - the Dolls Festival - on 3rd March.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Where

Oriental Museum

Admission

Normal museum admission prices apply. 75p per child or concession, and £1.50 per adult. Under 5's and students are FREE.

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/details/?id=23092

delightful doors

Delightful Doors

  • 14 February 2015 1-3pm

Celebrate the opening of our brand new South Asian gallery by exploring some fantastic objects, not seen on display for many years, including our huge Indian doorway. Make a mini version of the doorway and enter another world...

Drop in crafts, for children aged 5-11 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Where

Oriental Museum

Admission

Normal museum admission applies.

Website

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/family/

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.

Turning Japanese

This schools workshop session offers students the chance to experience a wide range of activities aimed at increading knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture. Activities include a gallery trail, making a Japanese kite, and origami. Schools can also combine this session with a visit to the nearby Botanic Garden to look at the plants that inspire Japanese art.
(Group size: noramlly one class but larger groups may be able to be accommodated; Duration: 2-4 hours; Level: KS2)

Creator

  • Durham University Museums and Special Collections

Life in Ancient Egypt

A schools workshop looking at life in Ancient Egypt. The children make extensive use of our galleries and handling collection to explore the subject in depth. There is also the opportunity to participate in role play and mummify some fruit.
(Group size: normally 30 but more by arrangement; Duration: 4 hours including lunch; Level: KS2)

Creator

  • Durham University Museums and Special Collections

How to obtain

For information about booking a visit, please see our website - www.dur.ac.uk/4schools/indexpages/visits.html

Marvels of China

In this schools workshop session children will have the chance to participate in a wide range of activities from exloring the symbolism in Chinese art to having a go at producing their own scrolls. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a gallery trail, handle original artefacts and engage in fun craft activities.
(Group size: normally up to 30 but larger classes by arrangement; Duration: 2-4 hours; Level: KS2)

Creator

  • Durham University Museums and Special Collections

Treasures of the Oriental Museum, Durham University

On 30th June 2010 the Oriental Museum launched a major new publication to commemorate the Golden Jubilee. This book includes 50 short essays by curators, artists, students, researchers and collectors from the UK and around the world. Eash essay offers a different view on an object from the collections accompanied by all new colour photography of these stunning objects.

Publisher

  • TMI Group

How to obtain

Order forms can be downloaded from our website, or you can order via the Durham University Retail Office website: www.dur.ac.uk/university.shop/

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