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What's On

Featured exhibitions

Friday, September 21, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018

Bringing mountaineering literature to life


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Climb through the galleries of the Oriental Museum with award-winning poet and climber Helen Mort

Family activity
Friday, October 26, 2018

Children with autism, learning or sensory impairments and their families can take part in our quiet-time craft activities. The Ancient Egyptians were terrified of hippos. See the huge hippo jaw on display and make a hippo puppet.

Family activity
Friday, November 9, 2018

This November come and celebrate the much loved Hindu festival of Diwali at the Oriental Museum!

Family activity
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Learn how to play the ancient Chinese game of Go with the Durham Go Club.

Family activity
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Chat to members of the local Sikh community and get hands on with Sikh objects. Find out about the religions of the world with our new gallery trail.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Join us for this creative workshop led by artist / maker Suzanne Ross.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A special touch tour event for visitors with dementia and their caregivers.

CBeebies Teacup Travels

Drop in to the Oriental Museum to see up close the real artefact that inspired Charlotte’s adventure in “Teacup Travels”; the exciting second series has just started on CBeebies (December 2016).

Teacup Travels is a treasure trove of epic adventure stories, which inspires audiences up and down the country by opening the door to ancient worlds and civilizations to young viewers. Each 15 minute episode revolves around Great Aunt Lizzie telling her fictional adventures in Ancient Greece, Edo Japan, the Viking Lands and the Mayan Empire and each story features a replica of an ancient artefact from a museum somewhere in the UK.

In series two, Great Aunt Lizzie’s magical stories are told to her niece Charlotte, and we are introduced to Lokesh, Charlotte’s cousin, who, whilst cradling a warming drink in one of Great Aunt Lizzie’s special teacups, are transported back through time to ancient lands, where the story begins.

The Oriental Museum’s curator Rachel Barclay, worked with the makers of Teacup Travels (Plum Films) to recreate the Inro and Netsuke from Edo Japan. Painstakingly re-made by Plum Films’ highly experienced and skilled prop- maker, the episodes were inspired by objects from the collection at the Oriental Museum. The tv production team has been truthful to the original artefacts, ensuring that they look the part through a detailed process of recording how the items were found, the state they were in, how they were originally used so that the replicas in the series are used properly by the cast.

Children can enjoy our Teacups Travel trail around our galleries, and become explorers just like Charlotte and Lokesh, having fun trying to find our objects from both Series 1 and Series 2.

You can find out more about the series at the CBeebies website where you can also download a printable Teacup Travels museum map which features an introduction to all of the artefacts featured in the series.

December 2016

April 2018

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