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School visits

Living on the Hills, our new permanent gallery at Palace Green Library, has been designed to meet the needs of the new National Curriculum.

School sessions take inspiration from the University's rich archaeological and historical collections from pre-history to the Victorian period and feature a wide range of activities to engage the children and provide a stimulating learning experience. Our Key Stage 2 sessions include sessions focusing on the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Ancient Greece Roman Britain, Anglo-Saxon England and the Vikings. For schools wanting to extend their understanding of history beyond 1066 we are also able to run sessions on the impact of the Normans, Tudor Durham and local history. In addition to our standard programme we are able to work with schools to develop a bespoke session.

All sessions make extensive use of the material on display and, where possible, incorporate using one of our handling collections which allow students to experience the thrill of touching a genuine artefact. We even have a replica Iron Age roundhouse structure that brings history to life!

All visits are led by a member of our experienced Learning Team. Visits are adapted to the visiting group's own requirements. The Team is also able to visit schools to deliver some sessions on an outreach basis.

Costs for educational visits are £4 per child, teachers/helpers free.

For more information see our 4 schools website. As our Learning Team are usually out teaching the best way to get hold of us is to email: