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Key Stage 4 Workshops

From medieval manuscripts to the slave trade, 4Schools has an exciting secondary programme. Look at our workshops below, or explore online teaching resources for Key Stage 4.


Art Careers

Learn what it's like to work in the arts and meet the art professionals who work with Durham University’s Art Collection. This is an opportunity to hear what an Art Curator does, and how to work in a museum or gallery.

Half day Oriental Museum, Palace Green Library or Outreach in your School.

Behind the Scenes

Visit our Art Store, to view first-hand how a collection is stored, catalogued, conserved and see which careers can develop in the creative industries.

*Please Note: Due to the nature of the building we can only accommodate up to 20 students at a time.

Half day Art Stores


National identities

Defining National Identities

What does it mean to be British? These resources focus on how national identities emerge and whether they have any validity by comparing Britain to Vietnam, a country that has 54 officially recognised nationalities.

National Curriculum link: Diversity

Bespoke Outreach in your School.



Crime and Punishment through Time

This session uses a range of primary sources to consider how crime was seen and punished in the 19th century. The students use material about prisoners, prisons and reformers before testing their knowledge in a fun (but unwinnable!) quiz.

Half day Palace Green Library

Medicine through time

Find out more about the work of Vesalius and Paré and discover why their names are still revered in this hands-on session. This workshop provides rare access to key texts used in the study of the history of medicine from our archive.

Half day Palace Green Library

Remembering Slavery

This session focuses on the transatlantic slave trade, during which your pupils will interact with primary sources and artefacts. They will also have the opportunity to take the part of a slave on our life-sized print of a slave ship. The workshop can be delivered to a single class or a whole year group.

Bespoke Palace Green Library or Outreach in your school.


What is a Book?

Designed as an extra-curricular activity to challenge students. This session asks them to determine what the essential ingredients of a book are before considering what books and manuscripts can tell us. It also includes the opportunity to try writing with quills, printing and finding out how books are made.

Bespoke Palace Green Library

Religious Education

Oriental Museum

Comparative World Religions

The collections of the Oriental Museum can be used to study religions from across the globe including Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism. This session encourages students to learn more about different faiths through their artwork and other objects associated with them.

Bespoke Oriental Museum

Arts Award Supporter

Durham University’s Museums and Attractions offer a wide range of opportunities to help young people achieve the Arts Award.

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Book your visit

If you’ve chosen a workshop, discover how to plan and book your 4schools visit.

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Featured resources

What impact did new technology have on the War?

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Crime and punishment in Durham

1750 - 1900

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Population and urbanisation: the impact of the Industrial Revolution

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