While our permanent gallery is closed for repairs, we have a small family-friendly exhibition exploring the Prehistoric and Roman past of Durham within the Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library.
In this gallery, we explore objects that span 250,000 years of history - from Prehistory to the Romans.
The objects on display range from everyday items - such as dishes, coins, and glass bottles - to the rare and beautiful. Highlights include spectacular metalwork from the Bronze Age, Roman treasures retrieved from a murky riverbed, and the cremated remains of Durham City’s earliest known resident.
We have a regular programme of temporary exhibitions on the history and archaeology of Durham.
Top 5 things to see in the exhibition:
Bronze Age hoards discovered in County Durham.
Durham’s first resident
The Lanchester Diploma, found by a metal detectorist and is the first complete Roman Fleet Diploma found in the country.
Roman objects found by two divers in the River at Piercebridge, including everything from coins and jewellery to furniture fixtures and fittings-and even a Roman razor blade handle featuring socks and sandals.
One of the new additions to the gallery; a rare Roman gold ring with green stones.
Younger visitors will enjoy dressing up, and a trail through the gallery. They might even find some of our hidden roman solders!
A coloured photograph showing our stratigraphy wall, which is made up of layers of objects and colours.
The Roman section of the Museum of Archaeology Permanent Gallery.