Museum staff offer a series of gallery talks and artefact based workshops for pre-booked groups (children and adults). It is also possible to arrange for museum talks, presented by curators or educational staff to take place at society meetings in the Durham area.
For information on ways in which museum staff can support teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate university level please see the Teaching and Research section of this website.
School parties are very welcome to visit the Oriental Museum. We offer a wide range of workshops for children from EYFS to KS 5 and beyond. Each workshop makes extensive use of our fantastic collections and is designed to encourage children and young people to engage with objects and artefacts from different cultures. Some of our most popular sessions are listed below but we are more than happy to work with teachers to provide a bespoke session - just get in touch!
- Life and Death in Ancient Egypt
- The Marvels of China
- Chinese New Year
- Japanese Art and Culture
- Islamic Civilizations
- Signs and Symbolism
- Comparative World Religions
- Art from different cultures
- Inspiring Literacy
The vast majority of our sessions are led by a member of the Learning Team although groups wanted to have a self-led visit are also welcomed. Free pre-visits for teachers are available and members of the Learning Team are happy to discuss any aspect of a prospective visit.
The museum is fully accessible, including toilet facilities, and has a café and shop. A picnic area is available in summer or when the weather is fine. Otherwise, packed lunches may be eaten in the comfort of the classroom.
Ancient Egypt Gallery
On 23rd July 2011 we opened our new Ancient Egypt gallery. This gallery has been designed specifically for teaching school groups using feedback from teachers and pupils who have visited the museum.
The displays focus on key topics such as
- What did the Ancient Egyptians look like?
- How did they live?
- What did they believe?
To accompany the opening of the gallery our Learning Team have developed new activities for school groups. To find out more, contact us on email@example.com