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Families and Lifelong Learning

Durham University Library and Collections offer a range of fun, engaging and accessible workshops, resources and experiences for people of all ages. Find out more below and we look forward to welcoming you to our venues. 

Families and Children 

Discover the incredible collections in our venues for families of all ages with our wide-ranging family programme suitable for multiple age groups.

Lifelong Learning

People of all ages want to learn and explore, discover our offer for learners of all ages and abilities. Learn something new, discover incredible stories in our collections and meet like-minded people in our welcoming and friendly spaces.

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Lifelong Learning Groups

We welcome lifelong learning groups such as the University of the Third Age (U3A), Women’s Institute (WI), Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and more.
Lifelong learning group member taking part in a workshop handling museum objects.

Creative Age

Creative Age is a free, weekly art group for people living with dementia or other long-term health challenges and their carers.
A pair of older participants at Creative Age

Visiting Clubs and Groups

We welcome lifelong learning groups such as Rainbows, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides or other adult or children's community groups at all our venues.

Book Club

The Library and Collections Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month from 5pm - 6pm in the Oriental Museum café.
A group of people taking part in the Book Club

Upcoming events

Durham Castle Guided Tours

Thursday 29 February, 2024
1:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Durham Castle
A group of people sit on wooden benches between stone columns in a room with stone walls. Guide stands to one side speaking.

Celebrate Japanese Hina Matsuri

Saturday 2 March, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
A Hina Matsuri set of ornamental dolls (hina-ningyō). A special seven tiered platform or altar (hina dan) covered with red carpet is used to display the dolls, who are wearing traditional court dress of the Heian period (794 and 1185), when the custom of displaying dolls began.

North East Ancient Egypt Society Lecture

Saturday 2 March, 2024
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Oriental Museum
North East Ancient Egypt Society logo

North East Ancient Egypt Society: lecture by Dr Penny Wilson

Saturday 2 March, 2024
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Oriental Museum
A group of stone fragments with hieroglyphs carved into them



People taking part in an accessible touch tour event and handling museum objects.


Support for neurodiversity, physical access and more information can be found here for our programmes and workshops.

Accessible workshops