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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.

Monday 17 December 2018

Scaling the Heights

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

An exhibition by artists Stephen, Margaret and Kate Livingstone, working with Dr. Abbie Garrington of Durham University, to recreate heroic Himalayan mountain climbs in miniature using vintage Action Men figures.

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


Hidden Women

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

New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum

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


Wednesday 19 December 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

2:30pm, Garden Room, St Aidan's College, Durham University

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

Contact fadiafaqir.teaching@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 5 January 2019

Happy Hedgehogs

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

Come and see our beautiful Middle-Eastern hedgehog pot and make your own spiky hedgehog to take home.

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


Durham Singers - Bach: Christmas Oratorio

7:00pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Cantatas I, II, IV and VI from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, performed by the Durham Singers in Durham Cathedral with Samling soloists and period instrument orchestra.

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 9 January 2019

Breath as an Anchor - Mindfulness Drop-In Session

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

These drop-in sessions are part of the event programme for Palace Green Library’s free winter exhibition Catch Your Breath (24 November 2018 – 17 March 2019). They will take place in the Breathing Space of Catch Your Breath in the Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library, every other Wednesday commencing 9 January 2019, 13.00-14.00 (please note the change of dates and times from the events programme leaflet).

These are drop-in workshops, so no booking is required.

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


Thursday 10 January 2019

Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm and Content

1:00pm to 1:30pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Led by Dr Jessica Wiese, Yoga Teacher (BDY/EYU & REPs UK), Stress Reduction Trainer (GKM), and Psychologist. Pranayama, the yogic practice of using the breath, invites you to be mindful of life's most important function: breathing. Breath is life.

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


Saturday 12 January 2019

Enticing Spices

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

Make a scented picture using Indian herbs and spices.

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


Wednesday 16 January 2019

Mindfulness Course

9:00am to 10:00am, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

The course is aimed at those who wish to use Mindfulness as a tool to support their personal health and wellbeing, as well as those who wish to learn new techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. Attending the entire course is required to gain the most benefit.

This course is part of the event programme for Palace Green Library’s free winter exhibition Catch Your Breath (24 November 2018 – 17 March 2019). Each session will take place in the Breathing Space of Catch Your Breath in the Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library, every other Wednesday commencing 16 January 2019, 09.00 – 10.00 (please note the change of dates from the events programme leaflet). These sessions will take place in the closed gallery to provide privacy during sessions.

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 09.00am – 10.00am
Wednesday 30 January 2019, 09.00am – 10.00am
Wednesday 13 February 2019, 09.00am – 10.00am
Wednesday 27 February 2019, 09.00am – 10.00am
Wednesday 13 March 2019, 09.00am – 10.00am

Whilst tickets for this course are free, limited places are available. Please ensure you book here to avoid disappointment. Only one booking is required for all five sessions of this course.

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


Breathtaking Books & Inspiring Incunabula

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

Catch Your Breath in the books and documents of Palace Green Library’s Archives and Special Collections. This event is FREE but booking is essential.

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


Thursday 17 January 2019

Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm and Content

1:00pm to 1:30pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Led by Dr Jessica Wiese, Yoga Teacher (BDY/EYU & REPs UK), Stress Reduction Trainer (GKM), and Psychologist. Pranayama, the yogic practice of using the breath, invites you to be mindful of life's most important function: breathing. Breath is life.

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


Saturday 19 January 2019

Awesome Archaeology

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

Find out about the ancient Indus Civilisation and make an Indus animal figure from clay.

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


Tuesday 22 January 2019

Catch Your Breath Lunchtime Tour

1:00pm to 1:45pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Join the Exhibition Team and Life of Breath Project Members on this lunchtime tour around our winter exhibition Catch Your Breath.

Tickets for this event are limited. Please ensure you book your place to avoid disappointment:

If you are visiting as part of a group (10+) and would like a gallery tour with the Palace Green Library Exhibition Team and Life of Breath Project Members, then please contact us in advance to arrange this: pg.custodian@durham.ac.uk. Please note that privately arranged tours cannot be guaranteed.

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


Wednesday 23 January 2019

Breath as an Anchor - Mindfulness Drop-In Session

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

These drop-in sessions are part of the event programme for Palace Green Library’s free winter exhibition Catch Your Breath (24 November 2018 – 17 March 2019). They will take place in the Breathing Space of Catch Your Breath in the Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library, every other Wednesday commencing 9 January 2019, 13.00-14.00 (please note the change of dates and times from the events programme leaflet).

These are drop-in workshops, so no booking is required.

If you enjoy our drop-in sessions and wish to progress your Mindfulness learning, then sign up to our Mindfulness Course. This five session course runs alternate Wednesdays, 9.00 – 10.00, from 16 January 2019.

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


Thursday 24 January 2019

Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm and Content

1:00pm to 1:30pm

Led by Dr Jessica Wiese, Yoga Teacher (BDY/EYU & REPs UK), Stress Reduction Trainer (GKM), and Psychologist. Pranayama, the yogic practice of using the breath, invites you to be mindful of life's most important function: breathing. Breath is life.

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


Saturday 26 January 2019

Arty Egyptians

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

See our new art exhibition and make your own piece of Ancient Egyptian-inspired art. A must for budding archaeologists!

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


Friday 1 February 2019

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.