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What's Here

The Castle collections focus on three principal areas: Durham Castle itself, the Prince Bishops of Durham, and Durham University, with particular reference to University College.

Read more about each area of the collection or access our online database to find out more about individual objects.

Fine art 

Oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and sculpture.

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Decorative art

Silverware, ceramics, glass, woodwork and furniture.

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Architecture and stained glass 

Key elements of the Castle’s architecture are protected by inclusion in the collection.

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Arms and armour 

Ranging from Civil War armour to Georgian flintlocks.

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College collections 

Sporting memorabilia, early photographs and student records.

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Discover our collections

Search Durham collections using our new online database. Explore items from Durham Castle that aren't on display.

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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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