Early Durham

Georgian Durham

Victorian Durham:-

+ Trade & Industry

+ Social & Domestic Life

+ Changing Times

Modern Durham

Special Exhibition

Sculpture Garden

Brass Rubbing




Explore our detailed model of Durham's Market Place in the 1830s. Below the model is a photograph of the Market Place after it was rebuilt in the Victorian period. You can compare the model with the photograph to see how much the Market Place has changed.
Our displays illustrate Durham industries, past and present. Organs are still made in Durham today. Brewing, mustard manufacture, carpet-making, cotton-weaving and other industries, however, have all left the city.

The coal mining section recalls a time when there were eight mines within the boundaries of the city and children worked underground. Above the mining display, there is a fine example of a miners' banner.

You can visit our recreation of a Victorian prison cell. Perhaps it may help you imagine the life of a prisoner locked up alone in the cell for a large part of each day, over a period of many months or years.