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What's On

Family and Community

Whether you choose to visit a museum, stroll in the Botanic Garden, attend a lecture, view an exhibition, see a play or live musical performace, there is always something to see and do in and around the University. Our busy programme of activities and events offers a great range of things to enjoy for all the family.

Thursday 28 July 2016

'Fast Track’ Introductory Cell Culture Course

8:30am to 5:00pm, School of Biological and Biomedical Science, Durham University

Wednesday 27 July to Thursday 28 July 2016, School of Biological and Biomedical Science.
European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) is one of the four unique collections consisting of expertly preserved, authenticated cell lines and microbial strains of known provenance operated by Public Health England (PHE). Drawing on 30 years of experience of providing authentic, pure and valid cell cultures ECACC has teamed up with cell culture experts at the Durham University to provide an accessible “Fast-Track” two day introductory cell culture course which aims to help academic scientists overcome many common pitfalls to achieve Good Cell Culture Practice in their laboratories and help them realise reproducible results, valid data and publishing and grant funding potential.

Contact nicola.fullard@dur.ac.uk, CultureCollections.BusinessE@phe.gov.uk for more information about this event.


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

Contact lucy.m.jenkins@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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.

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


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

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


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.

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


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.

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


Marko's Circus Workshop

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

Learn circus tricks, including how to juggle and spin plates, at this fun workshop.

All activities are included in the admission price to the Garden. Activities are drop in, there is no need to book. We recommend visitors use the Kiosk entrance and park at the Park and Ride.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 11:15am, 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 and 11.15am.

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


Friday 29 July 2016

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 11:15am, 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. A tour will be available at 10.15am.

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


Tick tock tick tock

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Explore the famous astronomical clock and create your own clock to take home. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Durham Jets v Derbyshire Falcons

6:30pm to 10:30pm, Riverside Cricket Ground

The Students’ Union will be selling cricket tickets for all of Durham Jets’ remaining T20 games. The next game is against Derbyshire Falcons. Tickets will be available to all students and staff at the Student Union reception desk from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Prices for all games will be £11 for NUS card holders £12 for all other Students/Staff. This year we will not be able to sell any tickets on the day of the event so make sure you get yours early.

Contact info@durhamsu.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 30 July 2016

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 11:15am, 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. A tour will be available at 10.15am.

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


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.

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


Paper Marbling

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Paper was invented in China. Get creative and try your hand at paper marbling.
Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


'2000 Years of Hungate' a lecture by Tony Kendall, York Archaeological Trust

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Room 20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green DH1 3EP

Saturday 30 July 2016, 15:30 - 16:30, Room 20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green
This public lecture will provide a potted history of the Hungate area from the Romans onward, looking into the archaeology revealed during the excavations from 2006 to 2012. This is a chance to get a preview of what was discovered and what it means in advance of publication.

Contact b.l.burke@dur.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 31 July 2016

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.

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


Monday 1 August 2016

Teddy Bears' Picnic

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden

The ever popular Teddy Bears' Picnic returns. Join us in the Garden for a day of bear-related run.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Little Bookworms

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

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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Tuesday 2 August 2016

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

11:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the middle of July to the end of August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace. Tickets can be brought at Palace Green Library and the Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre. Normal charges apply.

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


Barre Concept

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden Castle

Staff and community physical well being classes take place every Tuesday lunch time. Tone the body, flatten the abs and lift the buttocks all whilst burning fat - what's not to love? Join us for Barre Concept and follow the fitness craze of the celebs.
**please note there are no classes 28 June and 5 July**

Contact deborah.cairns@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Krav Maga Self Defence

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Durham, DH1 1SW

Krav Maga self-defence classes, suitable for all levels of fitness. Classes are every Tuesday evening with discounted rates for students. Krav Maga teaches you to defend yourself and others quickly and effectively. Training includes dealing with multiple attackers and is based on simple and reflexive moves that work when you need them to.

Contact paul_spartanskrav@hotmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 3 August 2016

Moving Beyond the Linear Model: The Role of Mixed Methods Research in an Age of Complexity

9:00am to 5:00pm, The Calman Learning Centre

The 2nd International Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) conference will take place August 3rd-5th 2016 at Durham University, UK. This conference will provide an outstanding opportunity for attendees to examine the role of mixed methods in applied social research.

Contact conferenceadministration.service@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Somme 1916: Talks Programme

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Palace Green Library

Craig Barclay - Munitionettes, Medics and Medals. A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. Covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focused on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Beautiful Birds

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

The Oriental Museum is full of images of beautiful birds. Explore the collection and create your own flying creature to take home.

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


History, Heritage & Arts Talks at Auckland Castle

6:30pm, Auckland Castle

Chorus Vel Organa: Music from the Lost Palace of Westminster Geoffrey Webber, Precentor and Director of Music at Gonville & Caius College. Inspired by our choral installation, featuring Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet, this illustrated talk will explore the music associated with the College of St Stephen, Westminster, in the period around 1520. The lecture will contain excerpts from the new Caius choir recording and the live performance of some of the 3-part repertoire.

Doors open 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Tickets £6 in advance including arrival drink. Annual Pass holders free. To book call 01388 743797 or email enquiries@aucklandcastle.org. There is no parking on site. Please follow signs to North Bondgate Car Park which is free after 6pm.

Contact enquiries@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 4 August 2016

Stockton International Riverside Festival - SIRF16

9:00am to 11:55pm, Stockton Town Centre

A packed out programme of open air theatre, circus, dance and music performances, taking place across 4 days from Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 August. Visit www.sirf.co.uk for further information.


Friday 5 August 2016

Marvellous Mosaics

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Find out about mosaics in the ancient world and create your own unique design from glass tiles.

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


Global Citizenship Programme presents: "We are the World" Art Exhibition

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

The Global Citizenship Programme invites you to join us for a celebration of diversity in art. 'We Are the World' exhibition will bring together Ustinovian artists of all nationalities to create an exhibition which exemplifies our motto: Diversitate Valemus (Strength through Diversity).

Contact ustinov.uif@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 6 August 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 August
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Great Ganesha

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Ganesha is the elephant-headed god of Hinduism. Create your own super Ganesha puppet.

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


Submerged Submarines

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

Try and make a submergible submarine and see if it works. 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.

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


Monday 8 August 2016

Durham Islamic Finance Summer School 2016

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Business School, DH1 3LB

The Durham Islamic Finance Summer School allows participants to take advantage of the Center's expertise to enhance and develop their knowledge skills over a 5-day intensive programme.

Contact if.dtc@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!

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


Wednesday 10 August 2016

Ravishing Robes

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Explore the fine silk robes in the galleries then design and draw a decoration on a t-shirt to take away.

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


Thursday 11 August 2016

Crazy Creatures

11:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting the garden for the day.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 12 August 2016

Hooray for Hieroglyphs

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Investigate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and write your own secret message on papyrus.

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


Saturday 13 August 2016

Stone Age Life

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

Have a go at making a mini stone age house – you could even add some mini animals!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.

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


Awesome Armies

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Learn about the Chinese terracotta army, and make your own terracotta warrior from clay.

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


Sunday 14 August 2016

Concert: 'No Petticoats Here'

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Palace Green Library

Exploring history and remembering remarkable women through song. No Petticoats Here shares the stories, through song, of extraordinary women who lived during the First World War: one who dressed as a man and became a soldier; women who rescued airmen from No Man's Land; inventors, engineers, factory workers. Inspirational women, working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy.

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


Monday 15 August 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!

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


Tuesday 16 August 2016

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

11:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the middle of July to the end of August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace. Tickets can be brought at Palace Green Library and the Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre. Normal charges apply.

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


Wednesday 17 August 2016

Crazy Cats

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Lucky cats are everywhere in Japan. You can make your own to display at home.

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


Thursday 18 August 2016

Stick Your Neck Out for Stories!

11:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

Join artist-author Ingrid Sylvestre for a day of giraffe storytelling as favourite characters Necky Becky & family, stick their necks out for their dreams. Each short story will begin on the hour, with fun activities in between.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 19 August 2016

Swashbuckling Swords

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Take a peek at the magnificent head hunting swords on display and create your own fearsome weapon.

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


Saturday 20 August 2016

Brilliant Badges

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

Make a badge to represent your country. 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.

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


Super Scrolls

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Learn about Korean writing and decorate a scroll with calligraphy.

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


Monday 22 August 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in! Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Teddy Bears' Picnic

11:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

From story-telling to bear-related crafts, from the most-loved bear competition to the popular teddy trail, join us for a fun-filled day.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Mark Connelly - The Changing Landscape of Commemoration: The Somme in British Memory

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Somme 1916: Talks Programme
A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Tuesday 23 August 2016

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

11:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the middle of July to the end of August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace. Tickets can be brought at Palace Green Library and the Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre. Normal charges apply.

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


Wednesday 24 August 2016

1...2...3...

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

As seen on Cbeebies. Explore our Chinese abacus just like Charlotte and Elliot, then create your own counting machine to take home.

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


Thursday 25 August 2016

Somme 1916: Talks Programme

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Gary Sheffield - The Significance of the Battle of the Somme. A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. Speakers cover a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focused on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Friday 26 August 2016

Marvellous Miniatures

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Create your own Indian-style miniature painting.

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


Saturday 27 August 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Shiny Shillings

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

Emboss your own shilling using embossing tools. 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.

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


Mysterious Masks

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Listen to some traditional Chinese opera and create your own colourful opera mask.

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


Tuesday 30 August 2016

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

11:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the middle of July to the end of August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace. Tickets can be brought at Palace Green Library and the Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre. Normal charges apply.

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


Wednesday 31 August 2016

Fabulous Phoenicians

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

The Phoenicians had a secret recipe for purple dye. Have a go at making your own tie dyed design.

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


Saturday 3 September 2016

Zippy Zeppelins

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

Come and make a floating zeppelin used in WW1. 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.

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


Monday 5 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!

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


Summer School - Health in All Policies: Making it Work in Practice - Dates: 5th - 7th September 2016

12:00pm to 3:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham City

Following the launch of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health in All Policies (HiAP) Training Manual in 2015, the challenge facing policy-makers and practitioners is how to build political will to address health inequalities and how to make intersectoral working succeed to improve health and wellbeing and tackle growing health inequalities.
• What constitutes success?
• What barriers might impede implementation?
• What skills are required to overcome obstacles to success?

Contact lisa.monkhouse@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Somme 1916: Talks Programme

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Peter Barton, Military Historian and Presenter of the 2016 BBC documentary The Other Side Of The Somme will speak about Challenging History – The Somme from Both Sides of the Wire

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


Wednesday 7 September 2016

History, Heritage & Arts Talks at Auckland Castle

6:30pm, Auckland Castle

The Reformation after 500 Years, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford. Ahead of the launch of our Faith Galleries, Diarmaid MacCulloch considers the significance of an event which from its first spark in northern Germany half a millennium ago altered the course of world history, and whose effects are still being felt. He explores why the Reformation proved so destructive yet so creative, what Reformers from Martin Luther onwards wanted, what they in fact got, and what Reformation in Christianity might mean today.

Doors open 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Tickets £6 in advance including arrival drink. Annual Pass holders free. To book call 01388 743797 or email enquiries@aucklandcastle.org

There is no parking on site. Please follow signs to North Bondgate Car Park which is free after 6pm.

Contact enquiries@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 10 September 2016

Amazing Animals

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

Create an animal mask based on WW1 animals; pigeons, dogs, horses, donkeys and mules. 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.

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


Monday 12 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in! Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Somme 1916: Talks Programme

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Stuart Wheeler will talk about A Battlefield Debut: the Tank's arrival, Employment, and Impact, on the Somme Battlefield in the Autumn of 1916

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


Saturday 17 September 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

Contact botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Fascinating families

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

Can you make your family tree back to WW1? 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.

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


Art workshop: pen and ink drawing

2:30pm to 4:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Join us for a hands-on art workshop led by artist Meryl Mathieson. Taking inspiration from the Oriental Museum’s collections, Meryl will lead you through the techniques of using pen and ink to create your own artwork to take home. The session also includes making a pen from recycled materials.

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


Monday 19 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in! Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Science and Theology in Human Sexuality

11:00am to 4:00pm, St. John's College, Durham

This two day conference at St Johns College on Monday 19 September and Tuesday 20 September will be concerned with the contribution of science to current Christian debates on human sexuality, especially (but not only) in the Church of England.

Contact samuel.tranter@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 24 September 2016

Prehistoric Pictures

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

Be inspired by our ancient ancestors and create a modern version of cave art. 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.

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


Monday 26 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in! Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Wednesday 28 September 2016

Somme 1916: Talks Programme

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Palace Green Library

John Sheen, Independent Military Historian will talk about The service battalions of the Durham Light Infantry, from formation in 1914 to the battle of the Somme in 1916

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


Wednesday 12 October 2016

Advancing Social Mobility Through Education: A Guest Lecture by Dr Lee Elliot-Major

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Collingwood College

Durham University will be hosting Dr Lee Elliot-Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, on the evening of Thursday 20th October to deliver a guest lecture on the subject of improving social mobility through education. His expertise and experience in this field will no doubt be of interest to a wide audience.

Contact c.p.ferguson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 4 November 2016

Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary Conference - Intangible Heritage

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle

As part of an ongoing series of events marking the 30th anniversary of Durham World Heritage Site's inscription, a two day conference on Intangible Heritage will take place. Themes include Pilgrimage, Art and Artefacts, Music, and the Built Environment. Dr Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and John Grundy will deliver keynote addresses.

Contact p.j.gibson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 4 January 2017

QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2017

9:00am to 5:00pm, Collingwood College

The theme of this ADM arose from the recent development and completion of a guide to engineering geology in glaciated and periglaciated terrains, undertaken by a working party of geologists and geographers under the auspices of the Geological Society and aimed at developing inter-disciplinary collaboration amongst those with expertise in Quaternary science. The meeting aims to bring together a broad range of academics from the earth sciences and geography and practising engineering geologists working in Quaternary cold climate landscapes in an attempt to communicate recent developments and professional practices across the various disciplines working in Quaternary science more generally. The hope is that this will enable the improved awareness of practices and knowledge across bodies of expertise and initiate future collaboration specifically between the QRA and the engineering geology community.

Contact conferenceadministration.service@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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