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Families and Lifelong Learning

Durham University Library and Collections offer a range of fun, engaging and accessible workshops, resources and experiences for people of all ages. Find out more below and we look forward to welcoming you to our venues. 

Families and Children 

Discover the incredible collections in our venues for families of all ages with our wide-ranging family programme suitable for multiple age groups.

Lifelong Learning

People of all ages want to learn and explore, discover our offer for learners of all ages and abilities. Learn something new, discover incredible stories in our collections and meet like-minded people in our welcoming and friendly spaces.

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Lifelong Learning Groups

We welcome lifelong learning groups such as the University of the Third Age (U3A), Women’s Institute (WI), Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and more.
Lifelong learning group member taking part in a workshop handling museum objects.

Creative Age

Creative Age is a free, weekly art group for people living with dementia or other long-term health challenges and their carers.
A pair of older participants at Creative Age

Visiting Clubs and Groups

We welcome lifelong learning groups such as Rainbows, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides or other adult or children's community groups at all our venues.

Book Club

The Library and Collections Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month from 5pm - 6pm in the Oriental Museum café.
A group of people taking part in the Book Club

Upcoming events

High and Mighty

Wednesday 29 May, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Image of mountains made out of paper in the form of a collage.

ART SOCIAL: Feel My Words: The Power of Text in Visual Art

Wednesday 29 May, 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oriental Museum, Art Collection
Art Socials

Mythical Beasts

Friday 31 May, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Image of a Chinese Lion roof tile in the Oriental Museum collection

Beautiful Durham

Wednesday 16 August, 2023
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Outdoor Art Gallery, Art Collection
Exhibition at Library Square



People taking part in an accessible touch tour event and handling museum objects.


Support for neurodiversity, physical access and more information can be found here for our programmes and workshops.

Accessible workshops