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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology

Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology
The Banks, Durham DH1 3EB, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Ranked #19 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.
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The museum is home to an interesting (if slightly eclectic) selection of artefacts that don't take long to look at, but are well worth it for the modest price of entry. The museum itself is located in a charming mill by the river and makes a nice detour from the middle of town.

Visited November 2012
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“Well worth a look”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Lovely quirky museum right by the river. You can watch all the rowing go by after your visit. Charming little museum with artefacts from all over England from Anglo Saxon times and before. Very interesting with lots for children to do. They have a large sand pit up stairs with different bones in they can dig up and brush off. Doesn't take too long to look round but for £1, well worth the visit

Visited October 2012
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“Very small, but charmingly quirky”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

On a previous trip to Durham, I had trouble finding the museum, but I worked out the path on a rainy day and spent a little under an hour inside. It's very small, but the information in it is rich with detail, particularly about the variety of regional archaeological finds. Durham University has a well-known archaeology program, and this museum is a good place to visit to learn more about the field.

Visited September 2012
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“fascinating.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

As a none-archaeologist, and with two young children in tow, i stumbled across this museum one wet afternoon. What a find! There are a wide range of exhibits, with activities to include the children. The upper floor houses an area specifically for children with activities aimed at pre- and school aged children.
On the down-side, there was a craft activity taking place (open to all visitors) we felt ourselves somewhat excluded from this as there were two families there already who appeared to know the leader and my own children were virtually ignored. However, we beat a retreat to the play room and the children enjoyed the remainder of the visit. (The staff downstairs as we came in and in the shop area were very friendly and helpfull).
There are toilets on site and facilities to access drinks upstairs.

Visited September 2012
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“A good place for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Worth popping in on your river walk. Small but very interesting and well set out. Easily overlooked as it's not in the centre of things, but worth a stop. Very child friendly and helpful staff.

Visited October 2012
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