The centre of Durham City is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is dominated by two great medieval buildings – the Cathedfral and Castle. Not surprisingly, the Museum’s medieval collections are also impressive.
Of particular importance is the material recovered during excavations conducted in Saddler Street during the 1970s. This material includes large amounts of leatherwork (11th –15th century), very early textiles, bone, wood and pottery. In addition, the rich and diverse material from excavations in the vicinity of Durham Cathedral and at the associated priories of Finchale and Bearpark are crucial to our understanding of the medieval history of the City, the Cathedral and its outstations.