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Key Stage 3


Art Workshops

Durham University is home to an incredible art collection, spanning a huge breadth of artists, cultures and movements. Come and experience the collection, discover more about the artists and get creative yourselves.

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If you’re interested in our art sessions, why not check out our Arts Award?

Modern Art History

Let’s talk about modern art. How is it made, and why? How do we understand it? This session delves into art history, how art movements influenced each other and how some of the greatest artists started. Learn how to read modern art using your observation skills, critique it and see how you feel about it afterwards.

Available as:

  • One hour online talk
  • One hour talk in your school


Citizenship Workshops

Help your pupils understand the world around them better through experiencing cultures, people and collections from around the globe and throughout history. Add context, colour and creativity to your teaching by visiting our collections.

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Defining National Identities

What does it mean to be British? This session focuses on how national identities can be expressed. Compare Britain to Vietnam, a country that has 54 officially recognised nationalities and get hands on with our collection of Vietnamese objects, each with a story to tell.

Available as:

  • One hour online session
  • Half day visit to the Oriental Museum


History Workshops

Enhance your secondary curriculum by visiting our museums, castle, library and archive. Our collections can support teaching in subjects as diverse as the Normans, the Tudors and the First World War.

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Crime and Punishment

This session uses a range of primary sources to consider perceptions of crime, and how criminals were punished, in the 19th century. Material from our archives about prisoners, prisons and reformers can be viewed by students. So, book a visit to discover more about debtors, Elizabeth Fry and infamous serial murderer Mary Ann Cotton.

Available as:

  • One hour online session
  • Half day visit to Palace Green Library
  • Half day outreach visit to school

The Tudors

The Tudor dynasty is one of the most critical periods in British history with society undergoing radical change from the monarchy down. During this session, pupils will get the opportunity to study archival material, have a go at palaeography (reading old writing) and explore our Tudor collections in the Castle.

Available as:

  • One hour online session
  • Half day visit to Palace Green Library and Durham Castle

The English Civil War

The English Civil War altered Durham's history in many ways. This session looks not only at primary sources written at the time but explores a story only recently rediscovered: the march of Scottish prisoners to Durham from the Battle of Dunbar, and the skeletons under the café.

Available as:

  • One hour online session

Transatlantic Slave Trade

The team are currently redeveloping this session. Please check back for updates.

Currently unavailable

The First World War

The First World War still has a massive impact on society today. During this session, pupils will explore our handling collection, read, analyse and debate with primary sources, and produce a piece of Dadaist inspired poetry.

Available as:

  • One hour online session
  • Half day outreach visit to school

Suffrage

Universal suffrage is now almost taken for granted but is a comparatively recent development. Using a range of primary sources, this workshop focuses on key episodes in the long struggle for emancipation: 1832, 1867 and Votes for Women.

Available as:

  • One hour online session

The History of Medicine

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.

Available as:

  • One hour online session


Religious Education Workshops

What better way to understand a person's faith than to experience the objects, art and artefacts inspired by that faith? We have collections stretching from Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism through to Shintoism. Come and find out more!

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Comparative World Religions

The collections of the Oriental Museum can be used to study religions from across the globe, including Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. This session encourages students to learn more about different faiths through artworks and other associated objects. Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore the galleries and see museum artefacts.

Available as:

  • Half day visit to the Oriental Museum


Widening Participation and Raising Aspirations

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.