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Department of Anthropology

50 Years of Anthropology at Durham

We will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Anthropology Department at Durham University in 2016/17. We very much hope you will join us in celebrating this significant moment in our history. As you know we have grown and changed substantially over the years.

For twenty years, for instance, we were proud to offer the Human Sciences programmes at Queen’s Campus. Last year, after declining enrolment, we reluctantly decided to integrate these programmes into the Durham Department where they are once again flourishing. The Anthropology Department therefore now offers undergraduate degrees in Anthropology, Medical Anthropology and Biological Anthropology, and postgraduate degrees in Socio-cultural; Medical; and Evolutionary Anthropology; Research Methods; Evolutionary Medicine; Sustainability, Culture and Development; and Energy and Society; all areas in which we deliver world-class research. 

During the forthcoming year we will begin to plan a range of celebratory activities to mark our 50th anniversary that will be open to all. We will be publicising these activities via our Departmental website at .

We are keen to involve our alumni in our activities and our planning. I am looking forward to inviting you back to Durham to reconnect with staff and classmates in 2016/17.


A key role of any academic department is to nurture the next generation and we are very keen to hear from alumni who have graduated from Anthropology and Human Sciences programmes over our 50 year history. Where are you now? How have you used your degree? Would you be interested in attending our 50th celebrations? What kinds of events would you find appealing? We are keen to hear from you and to encourage your support.


Ways in which you might be able to support our activities include:


  • Simply telling us a bit about yourself, sharing a profile of your life and career since graduating to inform graduates and prospective applicants of the opportunities offered by an Anthropology degree.
  • Offering your professional expertise to deliver specialist talks within or alongside our taught programmes.
  • Talking to us about ways in which we may work in partnership with an organisation you work or volunteer for.


If you would like to offer your experience or expertise, or simply register your interest in our forthcoming anniversary events, please do so at the following page: 

First and foremost we would love to hear from you. Please share news of our invitation with other classmates you are in touch with too.


As always, I and colleagues shall look forward to welcoming you back here.


With very best wishes,


Professor Helen Ball

Head of Anthropology