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The Importance of our own Past: Research at Durham University

The Importance of our own Past: Research at Durham University

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Dr Giles Gasper explains that by bringing together historians and scientists we are shedding new light on medieval thinking and what it means for scientific learning today.


UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk

Strict controls would be “a necessity” to minimise the risk of spills and leaks from any future UK shale gas industry, according to new research.

(15 Feb 2018) » More about UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk


Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study suggests

Neanderthal Origin of Cave Art

Researchers have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world’s oldest known cave paintings – suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.

(23 Feb 2018) » More about Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study suggests


Royal Honour for baby and parent sleep research

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have presented the UK’s highest academic honour to Durham University for research that has helped to shape the way babies sleep and how parents care for them at night time.

(22 Feb 2018) » More about Royal Honour for baby and parent sleep research


Commissioners announced for creativity and education partnership

Durham University and Arts Council England have announced the names of 17 Commissioners appointed to the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

(19 Feb 2018) » More about Commissioners announced for creativity and education partnership


Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research

The Department of Anthropology’s Primate and Predator Project was showcased on BBC One’s Animals with Cameras show on Thursday 8 February, looking at their work with local farmers to try and stop crop raiding by baboons. Based in the Soutpansberg mountain range of South Africa, the project aims to better understand the ecology of local species and the threat that human activity poses to their conservation. Here project Director Professor Russell Hill, Department of Anthropology, discusses the challenges of managing a research project abroad and successfully engaging with local communities. 

(8 Feb 2018) » More about Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research


Understanding seal behaviour

Dr Sean Twiss has been studying seal behaviour for 30 years and has recently featured on the BBC’s Winterwatch programme. Here Dr Twiss, of the Department of Biosciences, tells us more about his latest research and why seals are as individual as we are. 

(1 Feb 2018) » More about Understanding seal behaviour


International award for Durham University chemist

Prof Jas Pal Badyal (r) receives the Chemical Research Society of India’s International Medal

A chemist whose research is helping to harvest clean drinking water and has waterproofed millions of mobile phones has been awarded a major international honour.

(30 Jan 2018) » More about International award for Durham University chemist


Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research

Professor Stefan Przyborski, Biosciences, Durham University

Innovative three dimensional (3D) cell culture technology is giving scientists the ability to grow realistic human tissues for more effective drug testing while reducing the need for animal research.

(18 Jan 2018) » More about Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research


Durham’s cosmology research lights up London

Cosmoscope at Lumiere Durham 2017

Research by Durham University scientists into the evolution of galaxies lit up London as part of a major festival.

(16 Jan 2018) » More about Durham’s cosmology research lights up London



Sunday 25 February 2018

Khyal: Music and Imagination

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Led by Durham University’s Music Department, this multimedia exhibition brings together visual artists and musicians to explore diverse visual responses to Indian classical music.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Everyone's History: 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act

10:00am to 5:00pm, Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library

This exhibition celebrates 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act and also the archaeology that is discovered everyday by the public.

Contact archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante

9:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

The exhibition follows the course of Dante’s imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The story is told through artworks, manuscripts, memorabilia and other objects on loan from Livio Ambrogio, the world’s greatest Dante private collector, and other collections.

Contact annalisa.cipollone@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Hills are High

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

An exhibition by curator/photographer Lauren Barnes, illustrating the everyday lives of South Koreans over the course of a single year.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Art Exhibition: 'Encounter'

9:30am to 4:00pm, Ustinov College at Sheraton Park, Durham

A new art exhibition at Ustinov College that explores the theme of human and environmental encounters. This exhibition of contemporary art by local professional and emerging artists is taking place at Durham University’s Ustinov College at Sheraton Park.

Contact glenn.mcgregor@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.