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Become a friend

Friends

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 fomdurham@fastmail.co.uk


Forthcoming lectures

Saturday 7th October 2017, Joint lecture with NEAESOC (North East Ancient Egypt Society), Cobras, Demons and ‘Fighters’: Demonology in Ancient Egypt, Dr Kasia Szpakowska, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology, Swansea University, 2–4pm (EH009, Elvet Hill House)

Wed 18 October 2017, Beauty, Diplomacy and Malcolm MacDonald, Alexander Shaw, PhD student, University of Leeds

Wed 1 November 2017, The Teabowl: East & West, Bonnie Kemske, Ceramic artist, writer and curator

Sunday 26 November 2017, AGM followed by a Museum tour: Hidden women and women's stories in the collection, tour by Rachel Barclay, Curator of the Oriental Museum, 3pm (Education Room, Oriental Museum)

Wed 6 December 2017, Himalayas: Object Handling Session, Rachel Barclay, Curator of the Oriental Museum (Education Room, Oriental Museum)

January 2018 date tbc, The Mahabharata Title tbc, Dr Brian Black, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University

Wed 7 February 2018, Ancient astrology and astronomy in Babylonia, Egypt and Greece Title tbc, Dr Kathryn Stevens, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University

Wed 7 March 2018, Egyptian/Nubian topic related to objects in our Museum Title tbc, Dr Carl Graves, Deputy Director and Development Manager, Egypt Exploration Society

Wed 25 April 2018, Annual Dinner

Wed 2 May 2018, Turkey title tbc, 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.