Silk Roads

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Oriental Museum

Durham University Elvet Hill

This major new gallery is now open, transforming the ground floor of the Oriental Museum. Silk Roads is an introductory gallery for the whole museum, bringing together works from across our collections to tell stories of trade, travel and exchange across the continent of Asia and into Europe, all the way to Durham. Silk, ceramics and spices have travelled these trade routes for centuries. At the same time people have exchanged knowledge, learned about other faiths and been influenced by new artistic styles. The new gallery features visitor favourites such as our magnificent Chinese bed alongside objects never seen before. A very important part of this project has been the input we have received from a range of local faith communities. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us Although the gallery is now open, we are continuing to make changes in response to feedback from community partners. Arts Award Online Arts Award supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills and achieve a unique arts qualification. Arts Award is for young people aged from 5 to 25 years. As part of the project to create this new gallery, our Learning and Engagement Team have developed a range of Arts Award resources focused on the theme of Silk Roads. For more information go to our Learning Online pages ( or get in touch by email at [email protected] This gallery transformation has been made possible through the generous support of the DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, the Arts Council for England, the Sir James Knott Trust and the Islamic Art and Material Culture Subject Specialist Network. We are very grateful for all of their support.

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Upcoming event dates:

  • Wednesday 28th October 2020 - Sunday 31st December 2023 00:00 - 00:00


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