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Durham University’s Oriental Museum achieves national award

(16 March 2012)

Students exploring the collection at the Oriental Museum

Durham University's Oriental Museum has won a national award for its commitment to listen and act upon the views of young people. The museum won the Bronze Hear by Right Award, presented by the National Youth Agency.


The award was launched in 2010 to provide organisations that put young people's voices at the heart of service delivery and development with the opportunity to gain national recognition for their achievements.

The award is evaluated at three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold - and the Oriental Museum has achieved recognition at Bronze level.

Craig Barclay, Curator of the Oriental Museum, said: "We are delighted to have achieved this award which reflects the fantastic work of our staff in engaging with young people of the region. Through our Stories of the World project, students from various local schools are able to design their own exhibitions and have been given unparalleled access to museum objects. This has benefited not only the students, but the museum as a whole."

During the project students have been trained in object handling, have designed and installed their own exhibitions, given their own guided tours around the museum and designed a children's trail. For the current exhibition ‘Manga: Made in Japan' they have even produced their own Japanese Manga art. The project continues during 2012.

Student Rachel Smith said: "I have been able to make an impact on the exhibition, which has helped me feel valuable to the museum and also the Stories of the World project."

The Oriental Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and noon to 5pm at weekends and on bank holidays. Entry to the museum is £1.50 for adults, 75p for children (5-16) and Over 60s, and free for children under 5 and students.

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