Oriental Museum Durham University

Oriental Museum Durham University From Ancient Egypt to modern China, the Oriental Museum is devoted to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia
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From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. 'The Orient’ is not an area with defined geographical boundaries. The term can mean widely differing things to different people. In the case of the Oriental Museum, the definition is a wide one indeed, with the collections covering a huge area from North Africa to South East Asia. This is the legacy of the origins or the Oriental Museum in the teaching of oriental languages at Durham University.

We have some great family activities this week!Activities are included with admission and run 1 until 3pm
05/08/2019

We have some great family activities this week!

Activities are included with admission and run 1 until 3pm

Artefact of the Month for August -We’ve been making changes in our Japan gallery.  See this traditional Noh theatre mask...
03/08/2019

Artefact of the Month for August -

We’ve been making changes in our Japan gallery.
See this traditional Noh theatre mask made by Master maker Kitazawa Hideta in 2017 has gone on display for the first time. The mask shows a young woman from the Heinan Period court (794-1185CE). She is depicted as an ideal beauty of the period with pale skin, shaved and redrawn eyebrows and blackened teeth.
#noh
#japan

Join us throughout the summer holidays for our family activities Activities run 1 until 3pm
29/07/2019

Join us throughout the summer holidays for our family activities

Activities run 1 until 3pm

Why not join us for our family activities this Friday and Saturday afternoon! Great fun for all ages.Activities run 1 un...
25/07/2019

Why not join us for our family activities this Friday and Saturday afternoon!
Great fun for all ages.

Activities run 1 until 3pm

Netsuke and Inro collection- We have been updating the displays in our japan gallery.  This early 19th century netsuke s...
24/07/2019

Netsuke and Inro collection-

We have been updating the displays in our japan gallery.
This early 19th century netsuke showing a dragon rising from the waves towards a water wheel is one of the new objects you can see. In Japanese myths dragons are often associated with water and the ocean.

The Oriental Museum had a visit from Professor Beeby @teampigment to scan the water-damaged hieroglyphs on the coffin of...
23/07/2019

The Oriental Museum had a visit from Professor Beeby @teampigment to scan the water-damaged hieroglyphs on the coffin of our Ancient Egyptian mummy.

Well keep you updated if and when we find out anything from the analysis!

Have you booked your place? Join us for ourFestival of Archaeology Special EventWednesday, 24 July 2019 , 14:00 to 16:00...
22/07/2019

Have you booked your place?
Join us for our
Festival of Archaeology Special Event

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 , 14:00 to 16:00

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology with us, with a special afternoon of archaeology at the Oriental museum.

The Ancient Egyptians celebrated the new year with a festival called Wepet Renpet. Join us for an afternoon of Ancient Egyptian fun, including crafts, stories and getting hands-on with archaeological objects.
Why not come dressed up as an Ancient Egyptian too?
Suitable for children aged 7-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Places limited, booking essential. £3 per child.
Please call Charlotte Spink on 0191 3345691, or email [email protected] to book a place.

We are launching a new 'Favourite Artefacts Trail' for the end of 2019 and need your help!Do you have a favourite artefa...
21/07/2019

We are launching a new 'Favourite Artefacts Trail' for the end of 2019 and need your help!

Do you have a favourite artefact at the Oriental Museum?
We would love to know which objects from our wonderful collections are your favourite!
You don't have to choose just one!

Your museum, your choice!

Comment and tell us what your favourite object is and why do you like the object.

Many thanks!

Join us for our family activitiy Saturday afternoon-Wonderful WeatherCelebrate summer by making a Japanese weather doll ...
19/07/2019

Join us for our family activitiy Saturday afternoon-
Wonderful Weather
Celebrate summer by making a Japanese weather doll and make a wish for sunshine... or rain.
Activities run 1 until 3pm

The curators have been carrying out rotations this week in our #Japan gallery. Lacquer, textiles, ivory and prints need ...
18/07/2019

The curators have been carrying out rotations this week in our #Japan gallery. Lacquer, textiles, ivory and prints need regular rotating to protect them from light damage. Here's the marvellous Gill doing a great job!

@dumuseums @artfund
#Collections
#Gothic
#Lolita

Come along to today's family activity -Chinese CalligraphyMeet the student curators of our new exhibition and create som...
13/07/2019

Come along to today's family activity -
Chinese Calligraphy
Meet the student curators of our new exhibition and create some no-mess Chinese calligraphy. No experience necessary.
Activities run 1 until 3pm

Festival of Archaeology Special EventWednesday, 24 July 2019 , 14:00 to 16:00Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology with ...
10/07/2019

Festival of Archaeology Special Event

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 , 14:00 to 16:00

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology with us, with a special afternoon of archaeology at the Oriental museum. Booking essential.

The Ancient Egyptians celebrated the new year with a festival called Wepet Renpet. Join us for an afternoon of Ancient Egyptian fun, including crafts, stories and getting hands-on with archaeological objects.
Why not come dressed up as an Ancient Egyptian too?
Suitable for children aged 7-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Places limited, booking essential. £3 per child.
Please call Charlotte Spink on 0191 3345691, or email [email protected] to book a place.

Today,  Sunday 7th July, we will not be able to receive any external incoming calls due to a planned transfer of our tel...
07/07/2019

Today, Sunday 7th July, we will not be able to receive any external incoming calls due to a planned transfer of our telephony technology.
If you would like to make contact on this date please call 07557 084 133 and your call will be answered or contact us through facebook.

Card payments may also be affected so please, if possible, bring cash on your visit.

See our 'Things From Home' exhibition by artist Katrin Moye. What do you miss when you are away from home. One visitor w...
06/07/2019

See our 'Things From Home' exhibition by artist Katrin Moye.

What do you miss when you are away from home.
One visitor wrote "I would miss my bed my TV, my shower, my toilet" all the comforts of home!
Tell us what you miss or share a photo with us.
#thingsfromhome

(image courtesy of Kasia Fiszer)

We will be open from 9am until 5pm Saturday, 6th July, with FREE entry to all visitors for @durham_uni Open Days! Find u...
05/07/2019

We will be open from 9am until 5pm Saturday, 6th July, with FREE entry to all visitors for @durham_uni Open Days! Find us on Elvet Hill, just look for the Phoenician chariot! @dumuseums

We have some great family activities!
Mini but Mighty
See our miniature Indian paintings on display and paint your own masterpiece.

#DUopenday #studentlife #DUInspire

Artefact of the Month for July - The Ancient Egyptians celebrated the new year with a festival called Wepet Renpet. Anci...
01/07/2019

Artefact of the Month for July -
The Ancient Egyptians celebrated the new year with a festival called Wepet Renpet.

Ancient Egyptian New Year Flask
Ancient Egyptian New Year coincided with the beginning of the annual Nile flood in late summer. Vessels like this one were used to collect the first flood water to be kept for ritual use through the year. The inscription on the shoulders of the flask asks for New Year wishes to be granted to the owner by the gods Ptah and Sekhmet.

Come along to our special event 24th July
https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/details/?id=21158

The Oriental Museum will be open from 9am tomorrow, 1st July, so drop by to see galleries showcasing the art and archaeo...
30/06/2019

The Oriental Museum will be open from 9am tomorrow, 1st July, so drop by to see galleries showcasing the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia. FREE entry.👉 https://bit.ly/1ox5UGY

#DUInspire #DUopenday #student @dumuseums

In ancient China, the most common objects found on a scholar's desk were known as the 'Four Treasures of Study'. Visit o...
28/06/2019

In ancient China, the most common objects found on a scholar's desk were known as the 'Four Treasures of Study'. Visit our exhibition 'In Pursuit of Elegance' to learn more about the life of a scholar. https://t.co/z3ZXRkHx8H

#InPursuitOfElegance
#exhibitions
#Scholar

FAMILY ACTIVITY Saturday afternoon-Super Snakes! See a Japanese snake model on display and make your own slithery serpen...
27/06/2019

FAMILY ACTIVITY Saturday afternoon-
Super Snakes!
See a Japanese snake model on display and make your own slithery serpent.
Activities run 1 until 3pm

There are a few places left on our artist workshop with Betty Barnett Brown, Sunday 30th June 2pm. Free but booking requ...
26/06/2019

There are a few places left on our artist workshop with Betty Barnett Brown, Sunday 30th June 2pm. Free but booking required. Find out more: https://t.co/XiPvalDNAf

#art #collage #SummerintheCityfestival @DurhamSITC

We have two great events this weekend!Lovely landscapes and (small but) FIERCE LOVELY LANDSCAPES Saturday, June 22, 2019...
22/06/2019

We have two great events this weekend!

Lovely landscapes and (small but) FIERCE

LOVELY LANDSCAPES
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1pm until 3pm
Be inspired by our new exhibition all about Chinese jade and create your own landscape picture to display in the gallery

AND

(Small but) FIERCE
Sunday, 23 June 2019 , 13:00 to 15:30
Come along and enjoy a creative art workshop, for all ages.
Part of Durham's Summer in the City Festival.

Supported by Nasty Women North East, (small but) FIERCE is a project to create a children’s art magazine; created for children, by children. In this workshop you will talk about art, make art and learn about artists and activists from across the world and throughout history. This workshop is for children, young people and their adults.

FREE, no booking required. All welcome

Netsuke and Inro collection- The 7 lucky gods are common images for Japanese netsuke.  Benzaiten, the only female member...
21/06/2019

Netsuke and Inro collection-

The 7 lucky gods are common images for Japanese netsuke. Benzaiten, the only female member, is a goddess of knowledge, art and beauty. She is shown holding a biwa (Japanese lute) because of her strong association with music.

Our Under 5 Little Dragons (roar!!) had a fantastic Wednesday morning creating artworks with artist Betty Barnet Brown @...
20/06/2019

Our Under 5 Little Dragons (roar!!) had a fantastic Wednesday morning creating artworks with artist Betty Barnet Brown @twomantango and made a pair of lovely Chinese Fu dogs, often seen guarding the entrance to temples and palaces. #Fudogs #Foodogs

(Small but) FIERCESunday, 23 June 2019, 1-3.30pmCome along to the Oriental Museum and enjoy a creative art workshop, for...
18/06/2019

(Small but) FIERCE
Sunday, 23 June 2019, 1-3.30pm

Come along to the Oriental Museum and enjoy a creative art workshop, for all ages. Part of Durham's Summer in the City Festival.

Supported by Nasty Women North East, (small but) FIERCE is a project to create a children’s art magazine; created for children, by children. In this workshop you will talk about art, make art and learn about artists and activists from across the world and throughout history. This workshop is for children, young people and their adults.

FREE, no booking required. All welcome.

Drop in (any time between 1 and 3.30 pm) unless otherwise stated.
Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Come along for our family activity Saturday afternoon -Hooray for hieroglyphs Spot the hieroglyphs in our Ancient Egypti...
14/06/2019

Come along for our family activity Saturday afternoon -

Hooray for hieroglyphs
Spot the hieroglyphs in our Ancient Egyptian galleries and write your name or a secret message in hieroglyphs.

Activities run 1 until 3pm

Today is the opening of our newest exhibition, 'In Pursuit of Elegance - Chinese Jade from the Arnhold Collection'. Drop...
14/06/2019

Today is the opening of our newest exhibition, 'In Pursuit of Elegance - Chinese Jade from the Arnhold Collection'. Drop by for a visit!!

#InPursuitOfElegance
#art

The hard work is almost at an end - ready for the opening tonight! 'In Pursuit of Elegance: Chinese Jades from the Arnho...
13/06/2019

The hard work is almost at an end - ready for the opening tonight! 'In Pursuit of Elegance: Chinese Jades from the Arnhold Collection' on until 16th September at the Oriental Museum, Durham. @dulib @dumuseums

#InPursuitOfElegance
#art
#museums

It's not long now until the official opening of our new exhibition! Busy getting ready for #InPursuitOfElegance opens 14...
09/06/2019

It's not long now until the official opening of our new exhibition! Busy getting ready for #InPursuitOfElegance opens 14th June.
#art
#museums
#exhibitions

Today is World Oceans Day!Woodblock print 'HOKUSAI'S WAVE/Happy Carp' from our collection by artist Nana Shiomi https://...
08/06/2019

Today is World Oceans Day!

Woodblock print 'HOKUSAI'S WAVE/Happy Carp' from our collection by artist Nana Shiomi https://t.co/bRbFM15XF9
The image is about the vortex and strength of living things.

#WorldOceansDay
#TogetherWeCan

Our family activity is - Beautiful BirdsSaturday 1 until 3pm Find out how the famous hornbill bird has inspired artists ...
06/06/2019

Our family activity is -
Beautiful Birds
Saturday 1 until 3pm
Find out how the famous hornbill bird has inspired artists and make your own beaky bird puppet.

From 26th June we are offering FREE weekly dementia–friendly art sessions for people living with mild to moderate dement...
05/06/2019

From 26th June we are offering FREE weekly dementia–friendly art sessions for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their carers.
Unleash your creativity by exploring the museum’s collections to create your own artwork.
For booking info go to -
https://t.co/DorG0MVPn1 @equal_arts

Check out Durham's Summer in the City!  A month-long festival of creative events, workshops, talks and exhibitions takin...
01/06/2019
Durham Summer In The City

Check out Durham's Summer in the City!
A month-long festival of creative events, workshops, talks and exhibitions taking place across Durham City featuring music, theatre and art.

Theatre, Music and Visual Arts Festival

Artefact of the Month for June #GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters is released today. Here is an original poster from the Japanes...
31/05/2019

Artefact of the Month for June

#GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters is released today. Here is an original poster from the Japanese science fiction kaiju film, Son of Godzilla, or Kaijū-tō no Kessen Gojira no Musuko, released in 1967.

This film features giant mantises, a baby Godzilla (Minilla) and a giant spider!

#fridayfeeling

#FlashbackFriday

#FBF

#nostalgia

#Japan

#contemporarycollections

We hope you like our Ancient Egyptian Servant Girl statuette, probably the best known of all the Egyptian objects in the...
28/05/2019

We hope you like our Ancient Egyptian Servant Girl statuette, probably the best known of all the Egyptian objects in the Oriental Museum.

It is famous both for the quality of the craftsmanship and the natural pose of the girl’s body.
The jar the girl carries at her left side is so large she has to thrust her hip under it to help support the weight.
This creates a pose which breaks away from the usual style of most Ancient Egyptian art. Date approx 1360 BCE.

Join us for some half term fun! We have some great family activities on -Powerful Portraits Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Spot...
25/05/2019

Join us for some half term fun!
We have some great family activities on -
Powerful Portraits
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Spot some portraits in our new photography exhibition Homelands and create your own powerful portrait to take home.

Joyful Jars
Friday
To help celebrate Durham Pride come and learn about Pharaoh Hatshepsut. As the ruler of Ancient Egypt she wore her own... beard. Come and make your own and look at her perfume jar on display.

Celebrating Eid
Saturday
Prepare for Eid, the Muslim festival making the end of Ramadan, and make a glittery moon and star decoration.

Activities run 1pm until 3pm and are free with admission.

Saturday's family activityDarling DollsCome and learn about the Japanese manga series 'Rozen-Maiden', a story about a bu...
24/05/2019

Saturday's family activity
Darling Dolls
Come and learn about the Japanese manga series 'Rozen-Maiden', a story about a bullied boy who finds help in the shape of some magical dolls. Make your doll to take home with you, although we can't promise it will be magical

Activities run 1pm until 3pm

In China, cranes represent long life and in folktales the gods travelled on their backs.This cloisonné crane was made in...
23/05/2019

In China, cranes represent long life and in folktales the gods travelled on their backs.

This cloisonné crane was made in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912 CE) and will be on display in our new exhibition ‘In Pursuit of Elegance - Chinese Jade from the Arnhold Collection’
On from June 14th - September 16th, 2019

#InPursuitOfElegance
#art
#orientalmuseumdurham

Today is Xiaoman (小滿Grain Buds), one of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar.  Xiaoman usually happens on 21...
21/05/2019

Today is Xiaoman (小滿Grain Buds), one of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Xiaoman usually happens on 21st or 22nd May, and marks the start of rice planting.

On this jade screen, a man can be seen ploughing a field with a buffalo. Buffalos are associated with spring as they help to plough paddy fields ready for planting.

Come to the Oriental Museum to visit the upcoming exhibition ‘In Pursuit of Elegance - Chinese Jade from the Arnhold Collection’ to see this screen up close!
Friday, June 14 - Monday, September 16, 2019

Inro and Netsuke collection -This Japanese netsuke, in the form of a snake, dates from the Edo Period (1603-1868). The c...
18/05/2019

Inro and Netsuke collection -
This Japanese netsuke, in the form of a snake, dates from the Edo Period (1603-1868). The compact, rounded form of a coiled snake makes an ideal shape for a very functional netsuke. Highly detailed and very lifelike, this example is intricately carved from wood. Snakes appear in many Japanese myths and legends. They may be divine messengers and as they shed their skin they are also associated with regeneration and fertility.

Buddha’s Birthday (also known as Vesak) is celebrated across the world and commemorates the birth of the Buddha in aroun...
18/05/2019

Buddha’s Birthday (also known as Vesak) is celebrated across the world and commemorates the birth of the Buddha in around 563 BCE. Born a prince, Buddha went on to renounce his privileged royal life and become a holy man, ultimately reaching Enlightenment.

We're busy getting ready to celebrate Buddha's Birthday on Saturday!Celebrate the most important day in the Buddhist cal...
16/05/2019

We're busy getting ready to celebrate Buddha's Birthday on Saturday!
Celebrate the most important day in the Buddhist calendar and join us for crafts, meditation, talks on buddhism and traditional Buddha Bathing. Suitable for all the family.
12 - 4pm.

We hope you can join us on Saturday 18th May for Buddha's Birthday celebrations. Try a guided meditation and yoga sessio...
11/05/2019

We hope you can join us on Saturday 18th May for Buddha's Birthday celebrations.
Try a guided meditation and yoga session led by Buddhist practitioners. @dumuseums 👉https://t.co/UHFnoSXv3C

Join us Saturday afternoon for our family activities- Make a MummyFind out the latest information about our Ancient Egyp...
10/05/2019

Join us Saturday afternoon for our family activities-
Make a Mummy
Find out the latest information about our Ancient Egyptian mummy and make your own mini mummy.

Activities run from 1 until 3pm

05/05/2019

The museum will be open bank holiday Monday 12 until 5pm
Hope you can join us!

Artefact of the month for May -5th May in Japan is Children’s Day, when families celebrate the happiness and healthy gro...
04/05/2019

Artefact of the month for May -
5th May in Japan is Children’s Day, when families celebrate the happiness and healthy growth of children.
This national holiday takes the place of a much older traditional festival, Boy’s Day. For this festival families with boys set up dolls like this one depicting warriors and famous heroes. These dolls represent strength, perseverance, success and the hope that boys will grow to be brave, strong and successful.

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Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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