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30 May 2016

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Exhibition of artworks by Lesley Birch, entitled "Traces and Memory"

10:00am to 3:00pm

Birch's paintings are bringing her attention for their evocative, sense of timelessness and atmosphere. Her experience of the landscape is her starting point - Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Yorkshire - and then, in the studio, memory and imagination take over. She currently lives and works in York, UK as a full-time practising artist. ‘Traces and Memory’ runs from May 9 until June 10 and is open daily 10.00 – 15.00 at Trevelyan College, Durham University, Elvet Hill Road, Durham DH1 3LN.

Munitionettes & Miners - County Durham Heroes of the Great War

Museum of Archaeology

Munitionettes & Miners uncovers the important roles of County Durham men and women during World War I. Discover more about local women who worked in munitions factories and Co. Durham miners who fought tunnel warfare under the Western Front. The gallery will be open Monday, 12pm – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

10:00am to 6:00pm, Palace Green Library

Friday 25 March - Sunday 2 October
100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there. Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front tells the stories of the people from County Durham caught up in the battle: the men who fought and died on the battlefield; the women who nursed the wounded and comforted the dying; and the workers who toiled in factories, mines and shipyards across the county to support the war effort.

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Beautiful birds

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

Sunday 1 - Tuesday 31 May
Pick up a free Explorer Pack from the Visitor Centre and see which birds you can discover in the Garden this month. (subject to availability)

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollinside Lane, Durham
Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

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Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers. Through fun crafts, interactive stories, messy play, singing, games and role play, toddlers and pre-school children will discover new skills and interests and have lots of fun.

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Durham University Music Department - Final Year Recitals

11:00am to 5:00pm, Concert Room, Department of Music, Palace Green

This year's performances by final year students will be held over three days from Monday 30 May to Wednesday 1 June. The recitals are free and open to all.

11am Georgia Bowen-Evans (piano)
12pm Emma Rochwerger (cello)
2pm Tom Brooke (voice)
3pm Sophie Kidwell (voice)
4pm Will Ford (voice)

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Durham Pride 2016

12:00pm to 11:55pm, Durham Cathedral, Loveshack, Walkergate

Monday 30 May 2016 will be the biggest Durham Pride yet. The Rainbow Parade, sponsored by Walkergate Leisure, begins outside the Cathedral at 12pm. Brass and jazz bands will be playing on the day, alongside stalls, a funfair and much more!

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Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, and 4:15pm.

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