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.
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.
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
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
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.