Coming Soon from Durham University Museums

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

Scroll down to see what we have coming up over the next few months.

Image of a diver under a sheet of ice from Ian Derry's film, Johanna

Courtesy of Ian Derry

City of Tokyo skyline, half covered by smog, half clear.
A Victorian man holds a handkerchief to his face as he walks through a polluted city street

Courtesy of Wellcome Collection

Image of a diver under a sheet of ice from Ian Derry's film, Johanna

Courtesy of Ian Derry

City of Tokyo skyline, half covered by smog, half clear.
A Victorian man holds a handkerchief to his face as he walks through a polluted city street

Courtesy of Wellcome Collection

Catch Your Breath


Breathing is so much more than a bodily function. The personal and cultural meaning of breathing goes far beyond the simple act of keeping us alive.

Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music, this exhibition combines artist commissions with objects from the Durham University collections and beyond to discover new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing.

Image of a plastic sculpture titled 'Happen' by artist Jayne Wilton. Part of the Catch Your Breath exhibition
Candles as part of Diwali celebration
Diwali celebrations at Durham University's Oriental Museum
Candles as part of Diwali celebration
Diwali celebrations at Durham University's Oriental Museum

Diwali 2020


Part of our online celebrations for Diwali 2020, this exhibition offers visitors the chance to access stories, podcasts and recipes developed alongside local Hindu and Sikh communities, as well as objects from the Durham University Oriental Museum collections which tell the story of this important annual festival.

Launching November 2020

Map of the world from a 17th century travel pocktebook
A startled man points towards a ship setting sail
A historic list of travel essentials aimed at travellers packing their bags, titled 'Have I Left Anything Out?'
Map of the world from a 17th century travel pocktebook
A startled man points towards a ship setting sail
A historic list of travel essentials aimed at travellers packing their bags, titled 'Have I Left Anything Out?'

Journeys: Reading the World


From our daily travels to once in a lifetime adventures, the places we go and things we encounter have the power to change and shape our lives.

In this special exhibition using the Palace Green Library collections, learn how explorers, scientists and cartographers charted the world and changed the face of the Earth as we know it. Discover how attitudes to travel and tourism have developed throughout history and see how travel writing has shaped our perceptions of the world, for good and bad.

Launching Winter 2020 / 21

Journeys: Reading the World exhibition logo featuring a map and compass
Inner Courtyard of Durham Castle
The 12th century Norman Arch at Durham Castle
Stained glass windows in the Great Hall at Durham Castle
Inner Courtyard of Durham Castle
The 12th century Norman Arch at Durham Castle
Stained glass windows in the Great Hall at Durham Castle

Durham Castle


Go behind the scenes at Durham Castle to discover the fascinating story of this iconic building.

Learn about the changing fortunes and functions of the castle across almost 1,000 years and the famous residents that have called it home.

Launching Winter 2020 / 21

Pineapple carving found on the Black Stairs at Durham Castle

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