Events Diary

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Decay: Time, Objects & Destruction

  • 13 Friday 13th October 2017 from 10.00am to 5.00pm Location: Archaeology Museum, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RN Tickets Free entry to this gallery and exhibition

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Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects.

A new exhibition this summer at Durham University’s Museum of Archaeology, in Palace Green Library. Created by the MA Museum and Artefact students ’Decay: Time, Objects & Destruction’, showcases the impact of time on objects.

DECAY explores the interesting effect that time can have on museum objects. The exhibition showcases the different stages of object decay by looking at various types of materials, including leather, glass and iron. Objects from the local area will be integrated into the existing Living on the Hills gallery to show the impact of decay and explain the scientific process behind it.

DECAY also looks to the future to see what the effect of times are on modern artefacts – such as mobile phones, plastics and chewing gum, to ask: what will these objects look like in 500 years?


Our 'Living on the Hills' gallery is open at Palace Green Library, Durham. The gallery is open Monday, 12 – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Entry to this gallery is free. Please ask at reception as some exhibitions at Palace Green Library are chargeable.