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The Friends of the Oriental Museum organise an annual lecture series. Details for forthcoming lectures can be found here. Non-members are welcome to come to lectures but may be charged a small fee of £3 (£1 concessions). 

Join the Friends to receive free admission to the museum, advance notice of events and exhibitions, inivitations to previews of new exhibitions and a discount on purchases from the museum shop as well as free entry for all of these lectures.

Find out more about joining the Friends of the Oriental Museum.

Forthcoming Lectures

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.

Wed 20 November 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm, Show and Tell Event, Spalding Room, Oriental Museum (for Friends of the Oriental Museum only).

Sun 1st December 2019, 3pm in the Spalding Room, Oriental Museum AGM, followed by Museum tour.

Wed 11 December 2019, 7.30pm, Rachel Barclay, Curator, Oriental Museum Silk Roads: Creating a New Gallery for the Oriental Museum.

Thurs 16 January 2020, 7.30pm, David Rosier, Necropolis of China's First Emperor – Terracotta Heaven.

February 2020, date to be confirmed, Dr Philip Garrett, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, 'Topic on Japan'.

Wed 4 March 2020, 7.30pm, Dr Penny Wilson, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, Medieval Itineraries and Ports in the North of Egypt.

Mon 4 May 2020, TO BE CONFIRMED

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