CASE STUDY

Oriental Museum at Durham University

The Oriental Museum at Durham University is home to a volunteer-run Chinese School. Every Sunday the group uses classrooms in the teaching space adjacent to the museum free of charge and are encouraged to use the museum socially and for teaching. The Museum’s Chinese collection is by far its largest and most significant, so this relationship is of mutual benefit, and has helped staff to get to know members of the Chinese community. The head teacher of the school has recognised the impact this relationship has had on enhancing the students’ cultural and linguistic education, as well as enriching the lives of adult members of Durham Chinese School.