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Donate an object

While the bulk of the Museum’s collections have come to us direct from their excavators, we have also benefited from donations made by private individuals.

Bequests and donations from private collections continue to have a key role to play in the Museum's development. If you are a private collector and would like to discuss donating an object to the Museum please contact the Curator of University Museums, Dr Craig Barclay on +44 (0)191 3345694 or email c.p.barclay@durham.ac.uk.

Archaeologists who wish to deposit excavated material at the museum can find more information on our Contact Us page.

Information regarding object identification can be found on our Object Identification page.

Please note that we are obliged to make sure that every acquisition is in line with our Acquisitions policy, and that we have the resources to conserve and store donated objects appropriately. If the Museum cannot accommodate your gift, it may be able to suggest an alternative recipient.

Object identification

Museum staff are happy to try to help you learn more about an object you would like an opinion on. Please note that we cannot give valuations. 

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