Durham University, Visitor Attractions

Durham University, Visitor Attractions Durham University offers a host of unique Attractions, from museums to the Botanic Garden, a wide variety of performances and exhibitions to see, and extensive programme of public lectures to attend.

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Durham Castle Museum and Tours
21/10/2020

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

A reminder that the Curator’s Choice talk is this Thursday night, (22nd October), 18.30 - 19.30 GMT.

University College SCR presents 'Curator's Choice' online talk by Durham Castle Curator, Gemma Lewis

Event is FREE but booking is essential - to book a ticket email [email protected] to register for the zoom link

From creating new displays in the Tunstall Gallery, to finding out what a Curator does in lockdown, this talk will explore the heritage work that has been carried out at Durham Castle over the past two years. The Curator will also explore recent donations, along with the latest discoveries about the collection; from clocks and costumes, to rowing objects and commemorative pin badges.

#durhamcastlemuseum #durhamcastle #curatorschoice #curatorschoicetalk #tunstallgallery #curatorstalk #durhamuniversity #universitycollegedurham #universitycollegescr #durhamuniversitycollections #durhamuniversitymuseums #lockdownmuseum #museumfromhome #wearecastle

Durham University Library
16/10/2020
Durham University Library

Durham University Library

The University Library and Collections department is not just about libraries and books – we offer much, much more than that...

While our venues remain closed, we still have lots of wonderful festivals you can take part in. The Oriental Museum Durham University is looking for volunteers to contribute to our Diwali Festival in 2020. Celebrations may have moved online, but there are still lots of ways to get involved! Visit our webpages for more information. #Diwali #ExplorefromHome #museum

09/10/2020
Oriental Museum Durham University

Check out our Museum from home posts and see some of our amazing artefacts from the Oriental Museum's collections!

#museumfromhome
#museumcollection
#Orientalmuseumdurham
#durhamuniversity

From Ancient Egypt to modern China, the Oriental Museum is devoted to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia

We're packing up some of the objects from the Archaeology Gallery - and some new acquisitions too - to go off for photog...
08/10/2020

We're packing up some of the objects from the Archaeology Gallery - and some new acquisitions too - to go off for photography today. Our favourite object in this box is the Iron Age mirror handle in the centre, a recent acquisition from the Piercebridge collection.

#palacegreenlibrary
#universitymuseums
#durhamuniversity

Our galleries are closed to the public for now, but we’ve been working on all kinds of online exhibitions behind the sce...
21/09/2020

Our galleries are closed to the public for now, but we’ve been working on all kinds of online exhibitions behind the scenes.

To whet your appetite, click on the link and watch a short story about what we have coming up over the next few months.

https://stories.durham.ac.uk/coming-soon/

15/09/2020
Palace Green Library

Palace Green Library

Want to learn more about The Battle of Dunbar? Watch this video co-created with Sheridan Design.

#ScotsSoldiers #OTD

Durham Pointers
11/09/2020

Durham Pointers

Durham Dioramas 3: A few weeks ago, a visitor who was new to Durham was captivated by the amazing views of the city he took with his drone and he's agreed to share them with us. We can see the city from a new perspective on a beautiful day. We'll share a new picture every day for the next few weeks. [Note: the pictures were taken with full permission granted from the relevant authorities]

27/08/2020

We're really pleased to announce that the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre has received a @TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award! 🥳🥳

The staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming Visitors when the Centre reopens.😀

21/08/2020
Durham Cathedral

We're loving this clip, taken early one morning coming up Owengate here on the World Heritage UK site. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca and her friend Anna sent us this video of their recent equestrian pilgrimage to Durham Cathedral, arriving to enjoy some moments of quiet at the cathedral in the early morning stillness. We thought you'd like to see!

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
03/08/2020

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Here is the latest poster from the 'Women of Castle' art commission. Feel free to share the project around, and please do get in touch if you want to know more.

We will be posting updates on here as the commission develops, but to find out more, the project is on Instagram at @women_of_castle https://www.instagram.com/women_of_castle/

#womenofcastle #wearecastle #lovecastle #universitycollegedurham #durhamcastle #womenonthewall #heraldingwomen #durhamuniversity #femaleempowerment #femalesocialhistory #oursocialhistory #durhamsocial #durham #femalesthroughhistory #celebratewomen #womeninprint #womeninprofile #genderedart #artforchange #seeourwomen #femaleartists #femalessupportfemales #womenofdurhamcastle

Durham World Heritage Site
24/07/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

On this day in 1503 Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII stopped in Durham on her way to Scotland to marry James IV. The Royal Party were entertained in the Great Hall of Durham Castle, 483 years before it became part of the World Heritage Site!

Discover at Home is a free downloadable resource for 5- 9 year olds which can be used at home – discover Durham Universi...
20/07/2020

Discover at Home is a free downloadable resource for 5- 9 year olds which can be used at home – discover Durham University’s collections, from Durham Castle’s grand building, to the Oriental Museum’s treasures, to the colourful Art Collection, the papers of the Archives and the secrets from the Museum of Archaeology. You will Discover objects, paintings and artefacts from our collections, create art work like artist and Durham University teacher Dr Finola Finn and share your work in our online Community Gallery. For more information click here, or email [email protected].
This FREE resource is available to download at home, once you have completed the activities send us a photo of your worksheet and what you have made!
The resource celebrates Durham University's Library and Collection, as well DU staff, Dr Finola Finns work, which you may have see at Lumiere Durham 2017. This work is part of DU's Art Collection!
Once completed, the work will be able to be moderated and each child will get their own official Arts Award Discover certificate!
The first 100 completed will be moderated for FREE, so your child will receive their very own qualification and accompanying certificate for Arts Award Discover. This has all been funded by Culture Bridge, and there are loads of museums across the North East taking part.

Our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed during July 2020.  Our top priority is the safety and wellb...
03/07/2020

Our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed during July 2020.

Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. We’ll only reopen when we’re sure that we have all of the necessary safety measures in place.

You can continue to explore the museums' collections and learn from home using our online resources https://www.dur.ac.uk/4schools/learningonline/

@durham_uni @dumuseums #museumfromhome

Pushing paper exhibition This drawing by Pablo Bronstein is an uncomfortable reminder of the legacy of Britain’s recent ...
29/04/2020

Pushing paper exhibition
This drawing by Pablo Bronstein is an uncomfortable reminder of the legacy of Britain’s recent colonial past. The large face shows Greenwich Mean Time domineering over faces representing Britain’s former colonies.

Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977), Greenwich Pendulum Mantel Clock,
2018, ink and watercolour
© The Trustees of the British Museum
Reproduced by permission of the artist

#PushingPaper #TimeAndMemory @BritishMuseum #watercolour #watercolourart #art #ArtCanHelp #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlightThe Minangkabau are an ethnic minority native to the highlands of West Sumatra. They ...
28/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
The Minangkabau are an ethnic minority native to the highlands of West Sumatra. They are devout Muslims but combine this with traditional Malay-style matrilineal society. This large model is a rumah gadang (great house) which was the women’s house. Married Minangkabau men ate and worked with their mothers and sisters but slept in their wife’s family house. Upon her marriage a girl was allocated a room in the great house. If space ran out, extra rooms were added, leading to the many roofs shown on the model.

#minangkabau #matrilineal #sumatra #indonesia #southeastasia #indonesianart #indonesiancraft #indonesianculture #metalwork #housemodel #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum Durham University
27/04/2020

Oriental Museum Durham University

Pushing Paper exhibition
#PushingPaper artist Minjung Kim created 'Mountain' on traditional Korean ‘hanji’ paper. While the image was inspired by the mountains of southern Italy, it also recalls the hilly landscape of her native Korea, a special #place in her life recreated on paper.

Minjung Kim (b. 1962),
Mountain, 2009, ink on hanji paper
© The Trustees of the British Museum
Reproduced by permission of the artist

@britishmuseum #korea #koreanart #koreanartist #koreanartists #contemporaryart #art #hanjipaper #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental museum from home highlight I think we can all agree that right now #teamakesitallbetter , so imagine the cuppa ...
24/04/2020

Oriental museum from home highlight

I think we can all agree that right now #teamakesitallbetter , so imagine the cuppa you could get out of this!

This 19th century brass, copper and silver kettle is actually for butter tea, made with tea, yak butter and salt, a staple of the traditional Himalayan diet. Because butter is the main ingredient, it is high in calories, providing lots of energy needed to live in the harsh environment. The butter is also said to help prevent chapped lips.

Anyone up for trying to make their own? Yak butter might be a bit tricky to get hold off…….

#tibet #tibetan #kettle #teakettle #cupoftea #timefortea #teaislife #teasofinstagram #teaforlife #teatime #tea #metalwork #19thcentury #brass #copper #silver #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

This evening marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and however you are celebrating this year stay home and st...
23/04/2020

This evening marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and however you are celebrating this year stay home and stay safe.

As part of the Calligraphy Support Scheme administered by the Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN we were visited at the end of 2019 by Professor James Allan, University of Oxford who translated inscriptions on 30 objects from our collection.

At first this small bottle stopper looked very unassuming but once the inscription was translated we realisedyou can’t judge a book by its cover. On one side is the phrase beh barak nur (To Barak light!) and on the other qamar al-din (Moon of the Religion). Qamar al-din is a thick and sweet apricot juice traditionally consumed during Ramadan. As soon as the call to prayer finishes marking the end of the day’s fast people drink a glass of refreshing Qamar al-din to help boost their sugar levels and rehydrate.

The origin of the drink is unknown but one theory states that it may have come from Syria or south west Turkey, the regions which produce the best apricots.

#ramadan #ramadan2020 #ramadanmonth #ramadandrinks #apricotjuice #qamareldin #turkey #metalwork #20thcentury #stayhome #staysafe #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlight  -#worldearthday There are eight species of hornbill in Borneo.  They are important ...
22/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight -

#worldearthday There are eight species of hornbill in Borneo. They are important birds in the culture of the different native peoples of the island. The rhinoceros hornbill (depicted here) is the state bird of Sarawak, reflecting its importance in many legends, rituals and beliefs.

Wooden carvings of rhinoceros hornbills have been created for many centuries to be used in traditional spiritual ceremonies. Today they are also popular souvenirs with visitors to the islands.

In 2018 the rhinoceros hornbill was recorded as threatened on the IUCN Red List due to the loss of its rainforest habitat and as a result of hunting for its meat, feathers and skull.

#EarthDay2020 #endangered #threatenedspecies #hornbill #hornbills #rhinoceroshornbill #southeastasia #sarawak #sarawakmalaysia #malaysia #sarawakborneo #borneo #malaysiancraft #traditionalcraft #traditionalcrafts #traditionalcraftsmanship #carving #woodcarving #woodcarvings #woodcarvingart #woodensculpture #woodensculptures #sculpture #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlight -Cocoon shaped jarThe distinctive shape of this jar mimics a silkworm’s cocoon. The ...
21/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight -
Cocoon shaped jar

The distinctive shape of this jar mimics a silkworm’s cocoon. The silk industry was a major source of wealth in China during the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE).

It is thought that the black and red decoration seen on jars of this type mimics lacquerware of the period and that jars like this were made in earthenware as tomb goods to substitute for the more expensive lacquer objects used in life.

#china #chinese #handynasty #chinesehistory #pottery #kiln #chineseceramics #handynastypottery #ceramic #ceramics #handmade #gravegoods #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Pushing Paper Exhibition at the Oriental MuseumJust because we’ve closed our doors doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking a...
20/04/2020

Pushing Paper Exhibition at the Oriental Museum

Just because we’ve closed our doors doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking about drawing! We are bringing #PushingPaper to you! Our staff are working hard looking after the artworks and providing behind the scenes access.

One of the themes of our exhibition #PushingPaper, #Power&Protest is about processing and questioning the turbulent world around us. Throughout history, social and political unrest has prompted a response from artists. There is something democratic and unmediated in the act of drawing: anyone can create their own poster or placard, or graffiti a wall to make a public protest. Can artists act as enablers for change? Does a drawing have the power to change the world?

#MuseumAtHome #VisitFromHome #ArtCanHelp @britishmuseum

Oriental Museum from home highlight- 18th AprilDancing ShivaBronze, IndiaThis statue presents the God Shiva destroying e...
18/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight-
18th April
Dancing Shiva
Bronze, India
This statue presents the God Shiva destroying evil in the universe, at the same time restoring the balance of the cosmos. This is a popular motif in Hindu religion. In Sanskrit this form is called Nataraja, meaning “Lord of Dance”. Shiva dances in a circle of fire and stands on a demon, which symbolizes anger or disagreement.

Statues are the central focus of a devotee’s worship in Hindu temples. Traditionally, Puja is performed in temples several times a day by Brahmin priests; these rituals welcome the spirit of the deity into the statue. As the actual deity is present in these worshipped statues, this allows the devotee to have a personal encounter with the divine. This is the most important part of Hindu temple worship and is called darshan.

#shiva #shivanataraja #hindu #hindugods #hindugod #hindumythology #hinduism #hinduart #india #indianart #celebrations #deity #sculpture #metalsculpture #metalsculptures #metalsculptureart #bronze #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Durham World Heritage Site
18/04/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

Here on @DurhamWHS ,Visitor Centre staff & Volunteers welcome 1000's of visitors each year! The team love to share their knowledge about our World Heritage Site. We can't do that on this #WorldHeritageDay2020 but look forward to doing so as soon as we can! #SharedHeritage #IcomosIDMS2020

It's World Heritage Day! To find out more about the World Heritage Site here in Durham, take a look at: https://www.durh...
18/04/2020
Happy World Heritage Day!

It's World Heritage Day! To find out more about the World Heritage Site here in Durham, take a look at: https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/

Also known as World Heritage Day in some countries, the International Day of Monuments and Sites has always been an occasion to reflect upon – and often visit – heritage sites that are …

Oriental Museum from home highlight-17th April Hardinge CollectionWhen this object first entered the museum collections ...
17/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight-
17th April
Hardinge Collection
When this object first entered the museum collections it was thought to be a mask for a horse.

More recent research has suggested that this Western Zhou dynasty (1000-700 BCE) mask was actually designed to attach to the front of a shield. It is a simplified form of the classic taotie mask design. The fierce face would have provided protection to the carrier of the shield and acted as a threat towards the enemy.

#china #chinese #chinesehistory #mask #masks #shield #shields #weapons #weaponry #metalart #metalwork #metalworking #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Durham World Heritage Site
17/04/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

For our #FlashbackFriday we're going back to the celebrations in 2016 to mark our 30 years as a World Heritage Site!

We held a photo competition, and in the Visitor Centre we asked people what makes #Durham WHS great😀🏰🏞️

Oriental Museum from home highlight - 16th April Original release date of My Neighbour Totoro in 1988 #onthisday in 1988...
16/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight -
16th April
Original release date of My Neighbour Totoro in 1988

#onthisday in 1988 on of the best known Japanese anime films was first released, the wonderful My Neighbour Totoro. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by the famous Studio Ghibli, the story follows the adventures of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei who befriend a number of woodland spirits in rural Japan.

The film has become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed anime of all time. The lovable title character Totoro has achieved iconic status, appearing as a cameo in a number of Studio Ghibli films, and having both an asteroid belt and species of velvet worm named after him!

If you’re feeling a down with everything going on at the moment then watch this film, I promise it’ll make everything feel a little bit better.

#myneighbourtotoro #studioghibli #miyazaki #totoroghibli #ghiblitotoro #totoro #totoro1988 #totorostuff #totoroart #japan #japanese #japaneseanime #anime #movieposter #movieposters #japanesemovieposter #poster #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Interview with local artist Stephen Ward
16/04/2020
Interview with local artist Stephen Ward

Interview with local artist Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward is a local artist based in County Durham and we have stocked his prints for a number of years. Marion Brown got in touch to find out more about Stephen. Can you tell us a little bit ab…

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one of our list to visit this summer
Our next Castle Tour is 12.15pm!
Durham's first record fair. Tomorrow 10am till 4pm
Hi, is the botanic garden open today? :)
can anyone tell me,is it a steep walk from the park & ride entrance off the Botanic Garden's & the cafe ?