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Discover our collections

Durham University library, archive and museum collections are now available online in a single resource discovery system.

Select 'Museums and Collections' in the search box above and you will obtain results from all of Durham University's Museums, Archives and Special Collections and departmental collections. Try searching 'everything' to produce a combined set of results including library and other online resources encompassing objects, books, articles, e-resources and Durham University research.

If you wish to narrow your search to the museum collections only, put in your search term and make your search. When your results appear look for the second drop down box marked 'Museums and collections' to the right of the first in the search box. Click here and select 'Durham museums' and your results will be narrowed to exclude archives and departmental collections. Alternatively use the 'Refine my results' box on the right to select 'objects' or if you are searching for photographs or other visual works select 'images'.

More than 51,000 object records from across the Oriental Museum, Museum of Archaeology, Durham Castle and the University Art Collection are included on the database. Just over 38,000 of these objects have been photographed. If you wish to refine your search to only select those objects with photographs, use the 'Refine my Results' section on the right hand side of the results page and under 'Availability' select 'Full text online'. This will narrow your results to only those objects with images.

We are constantly working to improve our database and new records and images are added regularly. The database is updated overnight every night to ensure that the most up-to-date information is always available.

Users are asked to bear in mind that this is a working database and not a finished catalogue. Thus not all the entries are complete and many contain a variety of errors, from typos to misidentifications. It should also be noted that the Museums use the database to preserve all the information ever recorded about our collections, including details that are now known to be incorrect.

If you require more detailed information on our collections please look at the researching the collections section of this website.