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Special Collections

Palace Green Library Events

Catch Your Breath

24th November 2018, 10:00 to 17th March 2019, 17:00, Palace Green Library

Free entry


Breathing isn’t just a bodily function. It allows us to speak, laugh and sing. It connects us to the outside world. It reflects our state of mind and can be consciously controlled. Breath has inspired art and literature. For many it has spiritual significance. The personal and cultural meaning of breathing goes beyond the simple act of keeping us alive.

Catch Your Breath is a new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music, the exhibition will combine new artist commissions with objects from the Durham University collections and beyond to discover new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing.


A full programme of related activities and events for all age groups will run up to and alongside this exhibition, including a Mindfulness course and drop-in sessions, chair-yoga classes, and weekend family activities. Check back later in the year for further information.This exhibition is funded by the Wellcome Trust. Read more information about the Life of Breath project.

Catch Your Breath will also be touring in 2019 to the Royal College of Physicians in London and Southmead Hospital Bristol. Visit the exhibition website to follow the exhibition and keep up to date on developments.

Contact pg.custodian@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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