welcome to the collections gallery, at the heart of open treasure.


The Collections Gallery is a state-of-the-art exhibition gallery, designed to showcase some of the Cathedral's most precious artefacts through an exciting rolling programme of exhibitions. There will be a new exhibition every three to four months!

Please note Open Treasure will be closed from Sunday 10 September to Monday 18 September, and from Monday 20 November to Monday 27 November whilst we change rolling exhibitions in the Collections Gallery.  

EXHIBITION PROGRAMME 2017/18


19 September – 19 November 2017
MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE! MUSIC AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL


There is a lively tradition of music at Durham, from the earliest days of the monastery through to the present. Music speaks to us at sad times and joyful times, it can inspire, uplift and revive the spirit. Always central, music still forms a vibrant part of life and worship at the Cathedral. This exhibition traces how that tradition has grown and changed over the centuries. Featuring music manuscripts and early-printed books, it will explore the range of music used from medieval times to the present day, including pieces composed in or specially for Durham. It will also look at some of the instruments used to create that music, and how this has changed over the centuries.
 
28 November 2017– 17 February 2018
SAINTLY SISTERS


This exhibition will focus on the lives and legacies of female saints with a particular link to Durham or the North; well-known figures such as St Hild or St Margaret, but also some who are today less well-known, such as St Osana and St Ebbe.  Find out who these women were, how they came to be saints, and why they were so highly regarded across the region. The exhibition will also explore the significance of these saints to female medieval pilgrims, and the continuing pilgrimage tradition at Durham Cathedral.
 
COMING SOON... 

Spring 2018
THE TUDORS


Explore this extraordinary royal dynasty, the key figures within it, and the changes wrought during their reigns. From the Dissolution of the Monasteries, to the founding of the Church of England and the Reformation, places like Durham Cathedral were shaped by their actions, and their impact continues to be felt to the present day.
 
Summer 2018
MINERS


2018 sees two significant anniversaries within the heritage of coalmining: 75 years since the founding of The Bevan Boys and, more poignantly, 25 years since the closure of the last colliery in the County Durham coalfield. This exhibition explores the enduring legacy of coalmining among the communities of Durham and the north east.
 
Autumn 2018
ARMISTICE: THE END OF WORLD WAR I


On 11 November 1918 an armistice ended the war in Western Europe, although peace would not fully return for many more months. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of this momentous event, this exhibition explores what it meant for the people of Durham and the north east as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.