Street Museums is an innovative new project, working together with Durham University to connect the former mining village Blackhall with thousands of years of history via the university’s collection. 

As we emerged from lockdown in 2020 East Durham Creates joined forces with Durham University for a project called Street Gallery. The project took place in Dawdon and encouraged local people to curate their own exhibition and turn the windows of their home into an art gallery that could be viewed from the street and included artwork by local artists and from the University’s collections.

Following the success of this project and the positive feedback from the local community, we are once again working with Durham University on a similar project that will bring the University’s Museum’s collections to the streets of Blackhall.

Street Museum, which launched with Hands on History Day at Blackhall Community Centre in late October, will engage the local community of Blackhall with thousands of years of history, curating a walking trail around the village that will include 3D printed replicas of objects being printed and showcased in the windows of local homes, businesses, the library and Blackhall Community Centre. It is up to the community of Blackhall to decide what bit of history to bring to life in their community, and over the months working together with the University to design a street-based exhibition.

Alison Paterson, Manager of Blackhall Community Centre: “This project is all about connecting our community with the culture that’s out there in the wider county and having them shape it and experience it in a way that is really relevant to them! ”

The lead up to the Street Museum exhibition in April, will include many events and workshops for the local area to get involved with and make this project their own.  These will include workshops, quizzes, informative sessions and a Go and See event at Durham Museum.

Keep checking back to this page and/or our social media, for further updates on this exciting new project!