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Penned and Printed

An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.

27 May 2023 - 31 August 2024

Palace Green Library

  • Exhibition

Beautiful Durham

As a Part of the Summer in the City Art Festival and in collaboration with nine County Durham Schools, come see a collection of artworks that answer the question “What makes Durham Beautiful?”

16 August 2023 - 31 May 2024

Outdoor Art Gallery, Bill Byson Square, DH1 3LY

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Exhibition

Student Art Prize 2023/34: Paradise

Visit the Student Art Prize 2023/24 exhibition and explore this years theme of Paradise.

01 May 2024 - 31 March 2025

10:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Palatine Center Stockton Rd, Durham DH1 3LE

  • Creative
  • Library and Collections

Toy Box: celebrating toys and games across cultures

A student-led, family-friendly summer exhibition showcasing toys from across Asia and Egypt to celebrate a simple fact of humanity: we all love to play.

23 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Public
  • Family friendly

Durham Castle Guided Tours

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

23 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

  • Public
  • Tour

Twilight Opening at Palace Green Library

Palace Green Library is open until 7pm the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

23 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Palace Green Library

  • Accessible
  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Public

Eternal Ascent: Bentley Beetham and the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition

This exhibition marks the centenary of the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition, the first Western, and ultimately tragic, attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world.

24 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Public
  • Family friendly

Under Durham: The Untold Stories

When you think about the history of Durham, what comes to mind? Beautiful architecture, rich and powerful people and the history you find in textbooks. But how often do we stop and think about the lives of ordinary people? This exhibition explores the past of Durham through the ordinary people who lived and worked here.

24 May 2024 - 21 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

  • Exhibition

Repair and Care: The Norman Chapel Project

Have you ever looked at an ancient castle and wondered how it’s still standing? This exhibition will explore the history of construction and building conservation at Durham Castle, with a particular focus on the Norman Chapel Project, a long-term endeavour to preserve the oldest free-standing building in Durham.

24 May 2024 - 17 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

  • Exhibition

Durham Castle Guided Tours

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

24 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

  • Public
  • Tour