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Museum of Archaeology

| Durham University, Palace Green Library, Durham DH1 3RN, England
+44 191 334 2932
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A very interesting exhibition

The palace Green Library houses a superb exhibition. The Living on the Hills, 10,000 years of... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
Kendal, United Kingdom
Take a torch

he good news is that it is free. The exhibits were interesting. However, the lighting when we were... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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The Museum of Archaeology's collections range from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. A major new gallery showcasing the Museum's collections is now open at Palace Green Library. A new permanent gallery uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham. Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind to be rediscovered. Discover Prehistoric objects found by chance at the turn of the century, Roman objects uncovered by Victorian antiquarians and Medieval objects found during 1970s archaeological excavations. Entry to the gallery is free for everyone. The previous Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology on the banks of the river Wear is now closed to the public.
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31 Mar 2017
“A very interesting exhibition”
26 Sep 2016
“Local archeology + University finds”
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| Durham University, Palace Green Library, Durham DH1 3RN, England
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

The palace Green Library houses a superb exhibition. The Living on the Hills, 10,000 years of Durham exhibits are free to view and are well worth visiting.

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

he good news is that it is free. The exhibits were interesting. However, the lighting when we were there was so bad that many of the smaller objects were impossible to see: peering at dark silhouettes was frustrating and uninformative. Maybe the lights were turned...More

Thank 3derek
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Exhibition was fairly comprehensive. Could have done with a local map to indicate whereabouts of sites/finds. Also interspersed with WW1 items. Confusing having sign to Museum pointing down to the river!

Thank phoebsp483
Reviewed 1 September 2016

The first thing to say is that if you come out of the Cathedral heading for the Museum of Archaeology then don't follow the sign pointing down a path to your left. It appears that is where it used to be but it is now...More

1  Thank Edmund R
Julia O, Front Office Manager at Museum of Archaeology, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for your review. We hope that the collection is interesting, but due to the conservation needs of the objects the lights are kept low. At the moment the touch screen includes the community curated exhibition Munitionettes & Miners' which was created by students,...More

Reviewed 11 July 2016

I dont have a problem with making history interesting for kids but to devote so much space to what is in effect something that could be done y teachers in a classroom is pitiful for a university who should be concentrating on older students The...More

Thank DTPybus
Reviewed 7 April 2016

We have visited Durham many times, we love the cathedral and the castle. We have visited special exhibitions in the Palace Green Library and even managed once to be there at a time when Bishop Cosin's library was open. However we have only just discovered...More

1  Thank Bran007
Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

This is a very small collection in a hard to find wing of the library. The lift was out of order and it has a lot if stairs to get to. Unmanned except for a cleaner who actually hoovered my feet as I stood reading...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Accommodated within the library the archaeological displays were very interesting indeed covering from pre Roman times up to 20thC. Fascinating to see so many of the artefacts on display and read about the area and its development. Easily spend a lot of time there as...More

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 23 May 2015

Just off Saddler Street down from the bridge but is difficult to find. It is very small but has some very unusual items from Roman times.

Thank ssteveandbrenda
Reviewed 25 April 2015

The Museum of Archaeology has now moved into it's new home in the Palace Green Library. It is free, modern, and has a sensible layout so you can see how the region has developed over time. The Old Fulling Mill is now closed to the...More

3  Thank LittlePatsy1
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