Open Treasure Toolkit

After three years in the making, Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s new world-class visitor experience opens to the public on Saturday 23 July.


Open Treasure will transform the experience of those visiting Durham Cathedral, providing access to some of the Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces and the breath-taking collections that it has acquired over the centuries.


As a new, permanent visitor attraction, Open Treasure will attract more visitors to Durham and provides a reason for previous visitors to return to the county. You could benefit by this major new attraction by using it in your own activities in the run up to the opening weekend and in the future. 

Download the toolkit for some social media guidelines provided by Durham Cathedral, along with some example posts and images that you are free to use.

Below are some interesting facts about the Open Treasure spaces that you might want to share with your followers:


  • Open Treasure is located in the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK.
  • The magnificent fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory is the only intact surviving monastic dormitory in the UK.
  • Open Treasure will be an interactive experience, with activities and exhibits in the Monks’ Dormitory for visitors of all ages including sights, sounds and smells to evoke life in a medieval monastery.
  • There will always be something new to see in the state-of-the-art Collections Gallery, with three to four rolling exhibitions each year showcasing some of the most precious artefacts from the Cathedral’s collections. The first exhibition in the Collections Gallery will be ‘The Making of Open Treasure’.
  • The stunning Great Kitchen is one of only two surviving medieval monastic kitchens in the UK and will initially house an awe-inspiring exhibition of church plate and metalwork.


More information, including a link for people to register their interest in tickets, is available on the website:



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