The Durham Castle collection has around 5,000 objects covering nearly 500 years of history. Durham Castle is unique in that it is a living, working museum. The collection is varied and diverse and doesn’t just include fine and decorative art but also a substantial amount of furniture, sculpture, tapestries, silverware, arms and armour and social history objects. Our collections range from objects acquired by the Prince Bishops when they were in residence, to the social history collections acquired by students and staff since the inception of University College in the 1830s.
In addition to the collection, a key resource for research, study and teaching is the castle fabric itself. We have significant architectural features that span the past 1,000 years. The fabric of the building is as much part of the collection as the objects and includes a number of architectural styles from Romanesque to early Gothic Rivival.
Historical spaces include:
If you would like to find out more about the collection, visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/