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Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology

Address: The Banks, Durham DH1 3EB, England
Phone Number: +44 191 334 2932
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Ranked #20 of 20 Attractions in Durham
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology on the banks of the river Wear is now closed to the public. A new permanent gallery exploring the lives of the people who have lived in County Durham over the past 10,000 years has now opened at Durham University's Palace Green Library. Entry to the gallery is free for everyone. 'Living on the hills: 10,000 years of Durham' is the new home for Durham University's Museum of Archaeology. The new gallery uses the collections from the Museum of Archaeology alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the history and archaeology of the County. Gemma Lewis, gallery curator said: "Living on the Hills reveals the lives of the ordinary people who lived in or visited Durham over thousands of years using the tools, cups, bowls and the other everyday objects they used." "The displays highlight the art and architecture left behind to be rediscovered by modern archaeologists: amateur and professional. Visitors can see 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." The gallery includes a community archaeology space which will showcase the work of local archaeology and history groups from across the region. Community groups who are interested in working with the museum team to create future displays for this area are encouraged to get in touch. The development of this exhibition has been funded by the Sir James Knott Trust and conservation has been supported by the Arts Council. The refurbishment of the gallery space was funded by the Wolfson Foundation. In addition to the Museum of Archaeology collections, objects for the exhibition have been generously lent by the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral, the Bowes Museum, Hartlepool Cultural Services, Tees Archaeology and Preston Park Museum, and the School of Biological Sciences at Durham University.
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Not really into archaeology but the setting is so nice it is difficult not to pay the small entry fee just to look round

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

It's cheap to get in but it's opening hours are odd, it's looking very tired and is in desperate need of a good deal of maintenance. There's spelling mistakes galore in the displays, if you need something to keep the kids interested. It's a shame, as there is potential there.

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Durham, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Lots to do and see, excellent interactive exhibits upstairs for the kids - really engaging. Informative, interesting, and does a great job bringing history to life.

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

it is a very interesting place on the river I was with a group of children who found it fun and interesting not for young very children I don't think

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Went down to the fulling mill and it was shut on a main holiday month in Britain. The board said it should be open until 3.30 pm

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

good selection of interesting history and finds, compact and manageable size to be educational rather than overwhelming

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Housing a modest but well-presented archaeology display for the last three decades (the Mill used to be the dept of archaeology for a few years too), the collections and display are moving up to Palace Green some time later in 2013. The Roman Samian Ware (posh red table ware) collection is one of the finest anywhere.

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Selby, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

It's only £1 to get in and is run by the university but this is a very tired museum. There are a few bits and pieces on the ground floor that are quite interesting but could be better - they have obviously been on display for a long time. I imagine the upstairs is popular with kids as you get... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The museum itself is mostly designed for younger visitors and there is no more than a few pieces on display. But the path that we walked to get there, alongside the river bank, was absolutely beautiful. It was so tranquil and calm that you don't want to leave. If you go to Durham don't miss walking from Durham Castle to... More

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Staff are knowledgeable, venue and activities are child friendly, location is excellent. The curating is great!

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