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Become a friend


The Friends of the Oriental Museum were formed with the intention of supporting the Oriental Museum. The Friends are a charity, independent of the museum itself, whose aims are to promote and support the museum.

Benefits of membership

  • Free admission to the museum
  • Advance notice of events and exhibitions
  • Invitations to previews of new exhibitions
  • A programme of lectures, events, and activities throughout the year
  • Discount on purchases from the museum shop
  • Access to the Museum library
  • Annual newsletter, the 'Orient Express’.

For further information on the Friends, please contact us at

Forthcoming lectures

Thurs 2nd May 2019, Reckoning with the Past: The Qing Empire and the Opium War, by Dr Lawson, Newcastle University.

Thurs 9th May 2019, 6.30pm for 7pm, Annual dinner, Ushaw College. (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NEW DATE).

All lectures commence at 7.30pm and are held in Lecture Room 009, Elvet Hill House, Durham (next door to the Oriental Museum), unless otherwise stated.

Lectures are free for Friends, £3 for visitors (£1 for concessions). Booking for lectures is not required.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

An illustrated talk by Dr Joseph Lawson, Newcastle University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2018/19 series.