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Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion

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

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories.

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


Company by Samuel Beckett

3:00pm to 8:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral

Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark.’ In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world.

Contact ben.kasstan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla

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

14 October 2016 - 30 March 2017
A photographic exhibition portraying the natural and built spaces of Shimla. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. Nursed on nostalgia, the British built Shimla (earlier 'Simla') as their ‘little version of England’ and by extension, of Britain itself, complete with neo-Tudor structures, leisure spots, and imposing residences- from cottages to castles, all complemented by a temperate European weather and landscapes.

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


‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

19 November - 26 February 2016
Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


'Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration, and the Everyday'

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

5 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

This exhibition draws on the work of Hearing the Voice, a large interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


'A Forgotten Campaign'

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

11 November 2016 - 30 March 2017.
An exhibition on the Anglo-Egyptian Conquest of Darfur in World War I.
From the mid-seventeenth century, Darfur was an independent Muslim kingdom in what is now western Sudan, ruled by a hereditary line of Sultans. When the British invaded Sudan in 1898 they did not extend their conquest into Darfur. However by 1916 restless British officers and officials stationed in Sudan hungered to play their part in the Great War raging across Europe.

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


Durham Castle Tours

2:15pm 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 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Richard III by William Shakespeare,

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

'Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end'.
Taking the ‘War of the Roses’ quite literally, ACT is presenting a surreal and unconventional take on Richard III – a play where the wronged seek revenge, the weak seek protection and the embittered, power-hungry Richard cuts down everyone who stands on his way to the English throne

Contact drama@st-aidans.com for more information about this event.



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