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Welcome from
The Learning and Engagement Team

We offer an exciting programme of education visits and learning resources for a range of subjects and Key Stages using the collections of Durham University’s Oriental Museum, Botanic Garden, Palace Green Library, Museum of Archaeology, Art Collection and Durham Castle.

Learning Online

Digital Resources

Explore our collections online with these online resources suitable for all ages. On 30th April 2020 it is #MuseumFromHome day on social media, have a go at some of our interactive activities and share your crafty creations!

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Your Voice

Engagement Opportunities

Arts Award

The Learning and Engagement Team are proud supporters of Arts Award. For more information about our Arts Award offer and other Art Collection opportunities, please get in touch by emailing us 4schools@durham.ac.uk.

Arts Award Online

Art Collection

At the Oriental Museum we handled real Ancient Egyptian artefacts and saw a real mummy!

Castletown Community Primary School

Year 4 went to Durham Castle to support their castle topic... it was a really enjoyable day out!

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

Thank you for a wonderful visit. Your lively and enthusiastic team brought the wonder and magic of early Saxon England to life.

St. Columba's RC Primary School

Many thanks to the Museum staff who made our day such an informative and enjoyable one!

Bowburn Infant and Nursery School

School Workshops

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are only taking on site bookings for next academic year, for more information please click here. We offer collections centred workshops for a range of key stages and abilities both at our venues and in your school. Pupils can get involved in gallery trails, drama workshops, craft activities, as well as handling objects from our outstanding collections.

Workshops and resources

Plan your visit

Book Your Visit

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are only taking on site bookings for next academic year, for more information please click here. A number of our workshops can be tailored for different age groups and we welcome groups with special educational needs. Or if you have an idea for a visit or activity, let us know!

Get in touch

Online booking form

EPQ and Research Skills

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are only taking on site bookings for next academic year, for more information please click here. For the online Bill Bryson Library resources please click here. We welcome sixth form students to use resources at Durham University's Bill Bryson Library and offer workshops looking at primary sources from our Archives and Special Collections.

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Research skills resources