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Primary Aged Children Online Resources

Welcome to Durham University Library and Collections’ primary online learning resources! If you’re looking to learn something new, find out more about our artefacts, or simply for something to do during this difficult time, we aim to help you do just that.

This section of our website contains videos, downloads and more based on our wonderful collections held in our museums, libraries and archives to help you learn more about them from home.

Ancient Games

Explore our free, downloadable games inspired by our collections which you can play at home with your family.

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A Trip to the Theatre

Playscripts, activities and more! Make your own ancient theatre experience at home and share your experience with us.

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Rich and Poor in Tudor Times: What can Inventories Tell Us?

Find out more about life in Tudor Times by using one or more of the eleven inventories in this online investigation.

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Sir Francis Drake and the Circumnavigation of the Globe

Using 17th Century printed accounts, this online investigation asks students whether Drake's journey was one of plunder or discovery.

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Early Attempts at Settlement in America: the Roanoke Experiment

Why did the early attempts at settlement in America fail? Were the settlers just unlucky or did they have a hand in their own fate?

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What was Durham Market Place like? A Local History Study

An online investigation which uses the example of the Market Place in Durham to examine what life was like in the past. It shows how maps, photographs, census returns, trade directories and church records can be used to study local history.

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Remembering Slavery

An online exhibition and series of activities designed for use on Smartboards that look at different aspects of the slave trade.

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Victorian Durham

An online exhibition focusing on Victorian Durham. This exhibition looks at different aspects of Victorian life such as health, diet, leisure, toys and games, housing and education. Resources, worksheets and a trail around the historic World Heritage Site are also available for download.

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Pre and Post Visit Activities

To complement your visit to our venues please download these resources.

Ancient Egypt

Find our more about ancient Egyptian food, writing and mummification with these downloadable resources.

Anglo Saxons

Find out more about Anglo Saxon Art with these downloadable resources.


Discover more about this major world religion.

Post Visit Quizzes

After your visit why not play these fun quizes with your class. See just how much they actually remembered!

Literacy teaching resources

Download Literacy worksheets looking at archival material from the two World Wars.

Explore the Collections

Explore the collections online that we use as our inpsriation at the; Oriental Museum, Palace Green Library Archive and Special Collections, Museum of Archaeology, Durham Castle and the Art Collection.

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Images of Archive and Special Collections

Images of Museum Collections

Art Collection