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Discover our collections


Durham University library, archive and museum collections are now available online in a single resource discovery system. Select 'Durham Museums' to search the museum collections only or try one of the other options to search library, archive and online resources. Try searching 'everything' to produce a combined set of results including objects, books, articles, e-resources and Durham University research. Please note that when you search 'Durham Museums' you will get results from the Oriental Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Durham Castle Museum. This includes more than 51,000 object records, of which just over 38,000 currently have images.

We are constantly working to improve our database and new records and images are added regularly. The database is updated overnight every night to ensure that the most up-to-date information is always available.

Users are asked to bear in mind that this is a working database and not a finished catalogue. Thus not all the entries are complete and many contain a variety of errors, from typos to misidentifications. It should also be noted that the Museums use the database to preserve all the information ever recorded about our collections, including details that are now known to be incorrect.

Some objects from our collections are also available to view online via external resources. These can be found under ‘Additional Links’ on the right hand side of this page.

If you wish to make an appointment to study our collections please look at the researching the collections section of this website.