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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

Autism-Friendly Family Activities

Thursday 20 June, 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Paper Sculpture

Play Time!

Saturday 22 June, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Colour woodblock-printed board game, entitled Yurakudo sugoroku: Japan, 19th century. The images are reproductions of the Tokaido series prints by Hiroshige.

Twilight Talk - Twilight Talk: Under Durham: Searching for Stories in Objects

Thursday 27 June, 2024
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Museum of Archaeology
A poster showing a bridge with the words under Durham underneath

Magnificent Manga

Saturday 29 June, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
19th century book print of the Japanese woodblock print 'Perspective picture of the Hall of 33 bays, Fukagawa in Edo' (Ukie on edo fukagawa sanjūsan gendō no zu) by Utagawa Toyoharu, originally printed 1767-1773. The title of the print is shown on the right hand edge. The Hall of 33 bays, Sanjūsangendō, a Buddhist temple housing 1001 statues of the Buddhist goddess Kannon



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