University of Nottingham Museum
The Museum of Archaeology is free to visit and open to everyone.
Visiting the Museum
The University of Nottingham Museum is located on University Park Campus. You will find the museum between the Department of Music and Djanogly Art Gallery.
Admission to the Museum is free.
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Monday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Sunday:
12 noon - 4pm
Updates from the Museum
- The latest museum exhibition, Curated by Professor Hannah O'Regan and Dr Liam Lewis from the AHRC-funded 'Box Office Bears' project and Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham, explores why bears continue to haunt our imaginations, even when they no longer live in the countryside around us.
- The latest museum exhibition, curated by Dr Angharad Jones, Curator at Creswell Crags, will highlight the importance of these species (hyaenas, birds of prey, Neanderthals and early modern humans) and the items they collected, in helping us to understand the Ice Age of Creswell Craggs.
- The latest exhibition at the University Museum is curated by Dr Chris King (Department of Classics and Archaeology) and brings together collections from across the east midlands.
- Programme and registration information for the Money and Medals Network East Midlands online training event on Friday 29 January.
- The University of Nottingham Museum has been awarded £61,160 as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).
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BEARS! NATURE, CULTURE, AND BEYOND
What is it about bears that continues to haunt our imaginations, even when they no longer live in the countryside around us?
This exhibition explores the surprising relationships between humans and bears in Britain. From ancient bear bones and Roman artefacts to Nottingham bear jugs and Paddington bears, we follow in the footsteps of bears as they roam the land and appear in the most unusual of places.
Curated by Professor Hannah O’Regan and Dr Liam Lewis from the AHRC-funded ‘Box Office Bears’ project and Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham.
08 July – 31 Dec 2023
Open Thur – Sun, 12-4pm
University of Nottingham Museum
About the Museum
The University of Nottingham Museum is an award-winning museum that holds a collection of mainly regional archaeology covering a 250,000 year period. There are also smaller collections from Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. One of the strengths of the collection is that it provides an insight into everyday life over this long period of time.
The Museum enjoys working with university, community, regional, national and international partners in the development of its Learning and Public Programme, including Exhibitions, which have current research, Knowledge Exchange and consultation at its core.
The Museum is managed by Clare Pickersgill, Museum Keeper.
Learning and Public Programme
The Heritage Learning Programme is an exciting, new offer for schools, developed between the University of Nottingham Museum and Manuscripts and Special Collections. The programme will become a “one-stop-shop” for teachers of Key Stages 1 and 2 classes to get hands on with heritage and learn about local history.
Schools can visit the University, or we can take sessions out into schools. Teachers can choose cross- curricular and practical sessions, exploring the worlds of the Romans, Saxons, and Vikings; the life of Florence Nightingale; and the everyday experience of men and women in World War I. Our learning resources also include the opportunity for learners to develop skills by looking at how writing and maps have changed throughout history.
The programme will launch at the start of the autumn term in September 2023, and we will be taking bookings from Summer term 2023 onwards. Please note, that our learning programme is only available to schools from Widening Participation backgrounds. Please contact our Heritage Learning Officers to check eligibility.
We have partnered with Creswell Crags to lead educational pre-history sessions at the Museum on University Park.
Two discovery days are available:
- Spirit of the Stone Age Day
- Archaeology Adventure Day
How to book
Monday - Wednesday sessions are available to book, but please be aware availability is limited.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01909 720378 ext: 2030 to discuss availability and potential dates for your visit.
Crewswell Crags and University Museum KS2 discovery days
Bilsthorpe Heritage and Mining Museum displaying collections, research and heritage at the Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival
- The successful lunchtime lecture Archaeology NOW, bringing regional, national and international speakers to Nottingham
- Ancient Craft with craft specialists
- Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival which brings together local history, archaeology and heritage societies, museums, heritage sites, university departments, and experimental archaeologists with 60 community groups participating over the last seven years.
The Exhibition Programme includes national touring exhibitions and also brings together regional collections from around the country. Previous exhibitions include:
- Viking: Rediscover the Legend - the largest exhibition to leave the British Museum and York Museums Trust
- The Thinking Room the exhibition and book by Resident Artist Carol Adlam that won a World Illustration Award 2018
The Museum also works with the School of Humanities to display the Student Showcase in which the students curate their own exhibitions.
Viking: Rediscover the Legend. Previous exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust.
Other Partnerships include participation in the British Museum International Training Programme in which the Museum welcomes international colleagues each year to share experiences.
The Museum is also the regional centre for the British Museum Money and Medals Subject Specialist Network which trains regional museum and collections colleagues in the care, recording and access of coins, medals and badges.
Partnership Nottinghamshire supports community groups to study the collections from their communities and/or take them back into the community for outreach work.
All of this work would not be possible without the wonderful volunteers that help the Museum. The Volunteer Training Programme brings together students and community.
As we move forward, at this time, the Museum is working in different ways to provide access to its collections. Please contact us for further information.