Museums and Groups in Durham

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Durham. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).




Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is housed in a magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts.  Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, the Museum has a wonderful story to tell.

Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

Relive the story of Durham from Medieval times to the 20th century in this local history Museum. Enjoy models of the medieval city and 19th century Market Place and explore the reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell.

Durham University Museum of Archaeology

The Museum of Archaeology’s collections range from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. A display showcasing the Museum’s collections is now open at Palace Green Library. Several PAS finds are on display here including some medieval finger rings (DUR-203298 DUR-8E1C52 and DUR-4FC118) and the Coxhoe post-medieval coin hoard (DUR-8F6A60).

Durham University Oriental Museum

A museum devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia.

Museum of Hartlepool

A museum about the local and maritime history of Hartlepool.


Societies & Organisations

The Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland

Durham County Local History Society

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

Bowburn Local History Society

Crook and District Local History Society