Young Curators see the light at Durham Cathedral!

Written by: Elmtree Press

Open Treasure is an exciting development project which is currently transforming public access to some of Durham Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Open Treasure will open the doors to previously hidden monastic buildings, allowing people to get closer to the Cathedral’s breathtaking collections.

We’re also opening up hearts and minds through our Open Treasure Learning and Outreach programme, enabling members of the local community to get involved in this exciting new chapter of Durham Cathedral’s story.

One of the most exciting projects is Young Curators, a brand new group for 11–16 year olds. Our Young Curators have unique opportunities to explore the new exhibition areas, handle and display objects, interpret the collections and develop a new guide book based on their experiences.

We’ve recruited a great group of Young Curators from across County Durham, and they’ve met five times since September. So far, our Young Curators have explored the Cathedral, enjoyed a special show-and-tell session in the Cathedral Library and started to pull together ideas for their own guidebook.

In November, our Young Curators had the opportunity to meet local artist Mick Stevenson who designed Litre of Light, one of the most popular installations at Lumiere Durham 2015, the UK’s largest light festival.

In their next session, our Young Curators will be working alongside Northern Print to create their own unique artwork from line drawings inspired by the architecture of Durham Cathedral.

It’s really rewarding to see our Young Curators immersing themselves in the history and heritage of the Cathedral and learning as they go. And we’ve learnt so much from our Young Curators too! By questioning our own understanding of the Cathedral and its remarkable stories the Young Curators have opened up our minds, teaching us to see the Cathedral in a new light.

Our sessions with the Young Curators have highlighted the fact that Durham Cathedral itself is an Open Treasure with countless opportunities for learning and exploration, and we can’t wait to learn more over the next few months.

Open Treasure opens in spring 2016. Visit to find out more.

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