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DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

16th June 2017, 10:00 to 29th October 2017, 16:45, Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green

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?

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