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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
  • Discount on purchases from the museum shop
  • Regular updates on gallery redevelopments
  • A programme of lectures, events, and activities throughout the year
  • Annual newsletter, the 'Orient Express’.

For further information on the Friends, please contact us at

Forthcoming lectures

Wed 7 March 2018, Nubia: what lies beneath, Dr Carl Graves, Deputy Director and Development Manager, Egypt Exploration Society (details below)

Wed 25 April 2018, Annual Dinner

Wed 2 May 2018, Peeping into the past in Asia Minor, John Norton, previously Lecturer in Turkish Studies, School of Oriental Studies, Durham University

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.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lecture by Dr Carl Graves, Deputy Director and Development Manager, Egypt Exploration Society. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2017/18 series.