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Major investment will expand global access to cultural treasures

(18 January 2017)

The Oriental Museum is one of the Durham University venues which will benefit from new UK government funding awarded to Durham University Museums

In a highly competitive process, the University’s Oriental Museum has received £80,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).  The Museum was judged to provide a unique and significant contribution to research and scholarship.

 The Oriental Museum plays a crucial role in supporting the work of researchers, by providing physical and digital access to its treasures. This leads to significant benefits such as the many publications, exhibitions and research collaborations that draw on the collections. The HEFCE funding will be used to facilitate further collaborative research projects in Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and China.

 A current major research development is the imminent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Durham University and the National Museum of Japanese History. This will establish the Oriental Museum as the centre for the delivery of a 5-year programme of research and map Japanese cultural collections in Northern England. There is a further collaboration between the University and the Palace Museum of China. Central to the project is the Oriental Museum’s collection of Chinese ceramics, which is acknowledged as a world ranked resource.

Previous HEFCE funding has played a crucial role in allowing the Museum to open up its collections to researchers and to use their research to more effectively engage with wider audiences such as schools and the public.

Read more about this and new funding for Durham Castle at Durham University News