(21 May 2021)
Since 2015 Ushaw College has been developing its facilities to reflect its role as a significant heritage and cultural attraction in the North-East. It has had to reinvent its offer to respond to Covid-19 and now charges for admission to its gardens and grounds to help support the extensive estate, buildings and collections.
Ushaw is offering an increasing variety of events outdoors, with particular offers for family visitors with young children. Memberships purchased at present will also permit access to the Main House once Covid restrictions are eased; it is expected that the House will open on 20th May. There is a particular offer open to local residents in DH7 7 and DH7 9 postcodes who are offered significant reductions. In the next few weeks the events programme includes exhibitions, music events and outdoor cinema.
More information on admission, events and activities can be found at www.ushaw.org
Ushaw College is neither a University College, nor a University owned property; the buildings and estate are in the care and ownership of an Independent Charitable Trust. Durham University does have a long association with Ushaw College. In recent years, Durham Business School was housed there temporarily, as was Josephine Butler College. The Centre for Evaluation Methods was located at Ushaw until 2020 and DU Archaeological Services are due to take up residence there in June this year. The University continues to work closely with the Ushaw Trustees in the management of the Library at Ushaw, which is a key part of the Durham Residential Research Library fellowship scheme. The DRRL aims to enable and foster research across the historic collections held by Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College, and Durham University, including Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum.