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Online Taught Sessions

Following government guidance, all of Durham University’s museums and galleries are now closed.

This means we are currently unable to teach online sessions until at least after February half term. If you have a booking already with us for this half term, you should have received an email alerting you to this. If you have not received an email, please contact the team at

We are taking new bookings for Summer Term 2021 and are very much looking forward to working with you all again soon!

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The Collections Outreach Team deliver taught sessions across all our venues (the Oriental Museum, Durham Castle, Museum of Archaeology, the Botanic Gardens, the Bill Bryson Library and Archives and Special Collections) to all age groups.

We can currently offer digital sessions using a system of your choosing.

Our digital sessions cost:

  • KS1 sessions are one hour long for a morning or afternoon slot and cost £35 per class.
  • KS2 sessions are two hours long for a morning or afternoon slot and cost £45 per class.

Our engaging assemblies range from asking what a historian or archaeologist does, wondering why we remember the 11th November or ask, what exactly do students do at university? These can be delivered to your whole school or a Key Stage and can be combined with an outreach session if you wish.

We offer a variety of taught workshops for Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils. From exploring our castle, to visiting our art collection, to dragon dancing at Lunar New Year, the Collections Outreach Team have a workshop for you.

Come and visit us for a taught session picked from across a huge range of topics. Historians can spend a day learning about Ancient Egypt, the Romans, the Anglo Saxons, the Shang Dynasty and many more besides. Artists can discover more about our beautiful art collection. For those wanting to learn more about world religions, we offer sessions on Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism.

Key Stage 3

TheCollections OutreachTeam have developed sessions tailored to the KeyStage3NationalCurriculum. We can offer sessions on Citizenship, Art, Religious Education and History.So,if you’re looking for engaging workshops on the Normans,theTudors, slavery or modern art we can support you.

Enhance your teaching with a workshop with Collections Outreach. We give GCSE aged pupils an opportunity to go behind the scenes of our art collection, or to handle historic primary source material on a range of subjects. Learn about Crime and Punishment, or the History of Medicine, or explore galleries focusing on some of the world’s major faiths.

Our post-16 offer aims to develop the skills your students will need in the coming months and years of study. Meet our Art Team and discuss how you can make a career in the arts. Handle and debate the contents of 500-year-old Tudor documents. Visit Durham University’s main library, the Bill Bryson Library, where your students can be introduced to the skills needed to carry out A-Level and undergraduate research.

We are keen to work with schools and colleges, starting at Primary School age on Widening Participation and Raising Aspirations projects. We design these projects in consultation with individual schools and staff. Please contact us to start planning ways we can help to inspire and encourage your pupils.

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in museums, archives and libraries? Find out with our work experience and volunteering programme and see what a career in this sector can offer you.

All the information you need to plan and book a visit. Including what to expect on the day of your visit, meet the team, addressing any access issues, what resources are available and how to get our hazard identification forms.

Arts Award supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills and achieve a unique arts qualification. Arts Award is for young people aged from 5 – 25 years.

Our Learning and Engagement Team are trained to access, facilitate and support Arts Award levels DISCOVER, EXPLORE, BRONZE and SILVER. We can help you with part of your Arts Award, help you apply for joint funding for assessment, or deliver Arts Award to your young people as part of a funded project.


To help enrich your teaching we have developed a range of activities, resources and events for teachers looking to visit our museums or use our collections in their classrooms. So, come and visit us and get inspired!

Online Taught Session Costs

  • Assembles: £30 / Assembly (or free with a KS1 or KS2 session)
  • KS1 and EYFS: £35 per class for a one hour session
  • KS2 and older: £45 per class for a two hour session
  • Post-16 Research Skills: Free

Booking a session requires a test call before your online taught session.