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Online Exhibitions

Durham University runs a varied exhibition programme based on our outstanding collections and cutting-edge research.

Enjoy the exhibitions below and follow us on social media to find out more about the launch dates of exciting new online exhibitions.


Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed

An exhibition exploring the signficance of the work of pioneering archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon at the site of Ancient Jericho.

Hidden Stories from the River Wear

Exploring 1000 years of Durham history. This exciting new online exhibition explores the collection of underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead.

Student Art Prize 2021

See the 26 shortlisted artworks exploring the theme of heroism nominated for this year’s Student Art Prize.

Courtyard of Durham Castle

The History of Durham Castle

Journey from the construction of Durham Castle, through the Tudors, Civil Wars, and founding of Durham University in this online exhibition.

Journeys: Reading the World

We all make journeys. From our daily travels to once in a lifetime adventures, the places we go and things we encounter have the power to change and shape our lives.

Lu Xun's Legacy: Printmaking in Modern China

The writer, critic and print maker Lu Xun was arguably one of the most important cultural figures of 20th century China. This exhibition includes over fifty prints exploring Lu Xun's impact and legacy in Chinese printmaking.

Catch Your Breath

Take a deep breath – how does it feel? What does it make you think? How many breaths have you taken today without even noticing? Visit this exhibition to find out more about the important relationship we all share with our breath.

Treasures of Palace Green Library

Explore a selection of highlights from the collection of manuscripts, rare books and archives held at Palace Green Library.


‘The house is the structure, but a home may serve as a mirror onto its owners, reinforcing aspects of pride and identity.’

Durham University students studying for a postgraduate degree in Visual Culture have curated this online exhibition inspired by the home, using work from the University’s collection of modern and contemporary art.


Pushing Paper illustrates how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas, pushing the medium in new directions.

Amongst the oldest forms of human creativity, drawing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as artists increasingly choose the medium as a means to examine the modern world, with topics ranging from explorations of gender and political activism to questions of belonging and human sexuality.


An exhibition created by art students from Durham Sixth Form Centre for display alongside the British Museum touring exhibition Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now.


Originally shown at Palace Green Library in 2019-20, this exhibition of little seen sketchbooks presented a new dimension to the life and work of renowned north-eastern artist Norman Cornish MBE (1919-2014).