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Durham University

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What's happening?

Durham University offers an exciting year-round calendar of lectures, seminars and exhibitions. Events are open to the public, so take the opportunity to engage with current debates, explore some of our beautiful buildings and grounds, expand your knowledge or learn more about our cultural artefacts.

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The Art Studio presents: Behind the Mask

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

An exhibition of works in a variety of media and styles, by members of The Art Studio charity based in Sunderland, focusing on the Oriental Museum's Ancient Egyptian collections.

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


Catch Your Breath Exhibition

10:00am to 4:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library, Durham

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 combines 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.


Homelands: Documenting Centuries of Cham Migration

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

Exhibition by photographer James Sebright on the lives and livelihoods of the Cham diaspora.

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


A (geophysical) journey to the centre of the Earth

10:30am to 12:00pm, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Saturday morning science
Join Dr Phil Heron, Department of Earth Sciences, for this geophysical journey. We stand on a surface that is moving about as quickly as your fingernails grow. The theory of plate tectonics describes this motion and explains activities like earthquakes and mountain ranges. Over the years, we have been able to illuminate deep below the surface to discover mega structures and complex layering where the impact of plate tectonics is far reaching! We will take a geophysical jounrey to the centre of our dynamic Earth to explore how the planet's slowly moving surface dramatically influences (and can be influenced by) the evolving landscape deep beneath our feet. After the talk, we'll have a super poster session on super-volcanoes and the supercontinent cycle!