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Support for teaching

Although our galleries are currently closed, Durham University remains open to support research and teaching.

Durham University Museums support teaching at undergraduate and graduate level for a range of courses across Durham University and for other universities in the region. Our team is providing as much support as possible to academics seeking to move their object-based teaching online and to develop new teaching resources.

On this page you will find information on the ways in which we support academic teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Durham University, and beyond. If you are looking for information on our schools teaching programmes, take a look at our 4schools website.

How can we support your online teaching?

You can discover an overview of our collections.

A significant proportion of the objects in our collections are available online in a single resource discovery system: Discover.

Curators are happy to provide course leaders with additional information on the collections and individual objects that can be used as a focus for teaching. Database records or images suitable for teaching can be emailed to course leaders and we can supply high resolution images where they are available. Many objects have six images or more, allowing students to experience the object ‘in the round’ as much as possible in the current context.

Please email for more information.

Dissertations and virtual placements

Our staff are working with a number of course leaders to provide support for dissertations, project work and virtual museum placements for their students in subjects ranging from International Cultural Heritage Management to Translation Studies. If you are interested in working with us on courses of this type, please email and we will match you up with the most relevant curator.

Discover our collections

Search Durham collections using our online database. Explore items from the Oriental Museum displays and our research collections.

Find out more