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DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

16 June 2017 - 29 October 2017
Museum of Archaeology

Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects.

How can water destroy glass? Why do we not have much iron from the Iron Age? Why should I brush my teeth twice each day?

The key is TIME.

A new exhibition is now on display at Durham University’s Museum of Archaeology, in Palace Green Library. Created by the MA Museum and Artefact students ‘Decay: Time, Objects & Destruction’ showcases the impact of time on objects.

DECAY explores the interesting effect that time can have on museum objects. The exhibition aims to showcase the different stages of object decay by looking at various types of materials, including leather, glass and iron. Objects from the local area, integrated into the existing Living on the Hills gallery, show the impact of decay and explain the scientific process behind it.

DECAY also looks to the future to see what the effect of times are on modern artefacts – such as mobile phones, plastics and toys, to ask: what will these objects look like in 500 years?

Contact: archaeology.museum.durham.ac.uk
Exhibition
Monday, October 16, 2017 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

Visit the Museum of Archaeology Durham University to view a new and important addition to the display.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Monday, May 28, 2018

This exhibition celebrates 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act and also the archaeology that is discovered everyday by the public.