Early Durham

Georgian Durham

Victorian Durham:-

+ Trade & Industry

+ Social & Domestic Life

+ Changing Times

Modern Durham

Special Exhibition

Sculpture Garden

Brass Rubbing




Social and Domestic Life

Early home life in Durham is shown in items of lighting and heating the home, doing the washing, clearning and cooking as well as crafts such as embroidery and quilting.

Some of our displays are devoted to local schools. They include the 'Death Chair' - an old sedan chair from Durham School that was used to carry sick boys to the infirmary.
The river played an important part in the leisure and sporting life in Durham. Brown's Boathouse was the centre of boat building and the hiring of pleasure craft. We display the small boat that Mr Brown made for his son in 1904. On the right is a photo of local boat club members.