Join our own Rory from the Story for family friendly, interactive activities this summer. Including crafts, object handling, and opportunities to learn with our collections in a fun, accessible way.

Everyone is welcome, but activities are aimed at children aged 7 upwards (and bears).


Our exhibition space is free to visit and shares stories of County Durham’s varied and exciting past throughout its full history. 

The Forgotten Battle: 14 June 2024 – October 2024 

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Spotlight Tours

Friday – Saturday | 11:00 and 14:00 | Free | From 21 June | Drop in

Find out more about our historic collections and exhibitions in a free to join, bitesize Spotlight Tour. In these informal short tours, The Story Team will share their insights into the stories and themes in the exhibition, the objects on display and the building itself. If you miss one of the tours or the times don’t work for you then don’t worry, you can always get the same insights and information by speaking to our amazing team of staff and volunteers. The tours are suitable for all ages, wheelchair accessible and pushchair friendly. If you have any accessibility queries, please email us at

Family Events (Under 5s)

Bookings will be £2 per family (max 2 children per family & no cap on adults).

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Fun for Families

See all of our events for families

Teacher Advisory Group

Our Teacher Advisory Group provides invaluable guidance and helps answer questions on how we can continually improve our offer at The Story to best suit local schools. Run in partnership with Durham University Museums and Special Collections, it also gives teachers the chance to network with like-minded colleagues from across the county, helps to shape our developing offer and you will be the first to hear of any opportunities to take part in pilot workshops or funded projects. Please get in touch with our learning team if you’d like to come along by emailing

Date: Thurs 11 July 2024, 4pm-6pm

Can children visit your exhibitions?

Yes! Everyone is welcome to visit our both our permanent and temporary exhibition space, although some of the topics covered may be more suitable for children and young people than others.

Our exhibition space tells the story of County Durham’s history and the people who have called it home. The exhibition uses objects, written text, tactile interactives and digital interactives to share stories and information in different ways for our visitors. Though the exhibition is open to everyone, lots of elements are children and young people focused. 

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