A NORTH-East museum has been praised in a national report.

The study, which praises what it sees as the growing success of university museums across the UK, cites a volunteer-run Chinese School at Durham University’s Oriental Museum as an example of best practice.

It says the school has had a significant impact on students’ cultural and linguistic education.

An international project to improve conservation and interpretation at Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini, in Nepal, which involves Durham University academics, is also commended.

Sheila Hingley, the university’s head of heritage collections, said: “We are delighted that this report recognises the special role our museums play in the culture, life and economy of North-East England, the UK and internationally.”

The report, Impact and Engagement: University museums for the 21st century, is published by the University Museums Group and University Museums in Scotland.