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31 July 2016

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The Shield of Faith: Ushaw College at War

1:00pm to 5:00pm, Ushaw College

An exhibition exploring the stories of men from Ushaw who served during World War One. It will consider the role of a Catholic Chaplain in the conflict and how individual soldier's faith was influenced by warfare. The exhibition will be open free of charge during Ushaw's public open days on Saturdays from 1pm - 5pm

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Tremendous Trench Art

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Based on the images of surviving trench art can you create your own?
All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Ancient Lebanon Exhibition

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

18 June - 25 September 2016
The people of ancient Lebanon played a fundamental role in shaping the history of the Mediterranean and yet, despite their importance in antiquity, they remain unknown to most people today. Based on the latest research, this exhibition will provide an accessible introduction to the culture and society of Lebanon in the ancient world.
Supported by the British Museum, the American University in Beirut and the National Museum of Beirut, this exhibition will explore issues of faith, conflict, government, culture and trade in the ancient Levant.

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The Shogun's Cultured Warriors

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum

The samurai were the military class of Japan who developed from provincial warriors into the ruling elite. They were a powerful force in Japan for more than six centuries and so had a profound effect on military and political life. High ranking warriors were also expected to develop their literary skills and they played an active role as patrons of the arts. This exhibition explores the role of the samurai class as patrons and producers of the arts. It also examines the legacy of samurai culture which remains a potent source of inspiration in Japan - and the west - today.

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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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Durham Castle Tours

10:15am 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 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15am, 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm and 4.15pm.

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