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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.

Saturday 4 July 2015

Footprint Modulation

6:00pm to 5:00pm, Durham Art Gallery, Oriental Museum, Miners Hall, Empty Shop HQ, Durham University

5 June - 5 July
International artists, researchers, communities and local activists are combining forces using art to push climate change up the agenda in a ground-breaking exhibition in Durham from 5th June – 5th July, with a premier evening on Thursday 4th June 6-8pm at Durham Art Gallery.

Contact c.e.lee@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


'Nissan: 30 Years On' Exhibition

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

12 June - 18 October
Reflecting on the impact of three decades of Nissan in the lives of the people of the North East. This exhibition is a collaboration between photographer James Sebright and writer and audio artist Rachel Cochrane and uses photography, written word, audio and film to capture portraits of the people behind the machinery at the North East's largest employer.

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


Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt

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

1st June - 31st August
Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter. The unique charter, on loan from the collections of Durham Cathedral, will be shown alongside objects from Durham University’s collections and loans from other regional and national museums and libraries.

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


Pilgrimage: Pathways to Enlightenment

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

22 May - 24 September
An exhibition created by students studying for the MA in Museum and Artefact Studies, showcasing artefacts related to pilgrimages from the heartlands and furthest reaches of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. The exhibition will be based around key pilgrimages from each religion and will focus on themes of pilgrimage travel (a key component of any spiritual journey).

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


Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham

10:00am to 4:45pm, Palace Green Library

This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.
Admission to this exhibition is free.

Contact pg.library@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 10.15 and 11.15.

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


Independence Day

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 July
America based some of its constitution on Magna Carta. Come and find out more and make your own symbol of liberty.

Sunday 5 July 2015

Tyneside Chamber Orchestra

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Ushaw College, Durha,

The orchestra was founded in 1956 by Michael Hall, then a music student at Newcastle University, and who, two years later, founded the Northern Sinfonia. Dr. Arthur Milner, who was its director for many years, converted it into a string orchestra for talented amateur players. Come along to enjoy this concert.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Monday 6 July 2015

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 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45, and 4.15.

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


Little Bookworms

10:25am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Come along to Little Bookworms under 5s group and explore Palace Green Library’s fantastic collections and exhibitions. 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.


Wednesday 8 July 2015

Rebellious Citizens: 800 Years of Citizen Politics

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Palace Green Library Learning Centre

Dr Christian Liddy, Senior Lecturer in History at Durham University will deliver this lecture in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter. The event is ticketed at £10.00 per person to include the lecture, a drinks reception and entry to the exhibition. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=454

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 11 July 2015

Durham City Wildlife City Watch: Pond Dipping

10:00am to 12:00pm, Botanic Garden

Join the group today and explore the Botanic Garden ponds. There’s more to a pond than meets the eye. We’ll find out what’s going on below the surface. We’ll also have a closer look at the minibeasts living in the meadow.

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


Good Luck Dolls

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

Learn all about Japanese good-luck Daruma dolls, then design and paint your own.

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


Ushaw String Quartet

3:00pm to 4:45pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Enjoy an afternoon performance by our own Resident ensemble with Edward Cross - violin, Hannah Tattersfield – Violin, Maria Laura Belli – Viola, Claire Macfadyen – Cello Programme Beethoven Op. 59 No. 1 and Tchaikovsky No.1 Opus 11

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Durham Singers; The Garden of Love

7:00pm to 9:00pm, St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth
Six hundred years of love songs, from John Dunstable to Charlotte Bray.For their summer concert, the Durham Singers turn to thoughts of love, singing settings of the sensuous texts in the Songs of Solomon, from the early Renaissance to the present day - including "Come Away", a brand new work by composer Charlotte Bray, first performed by Chester Cathedral choir in May 2015.

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


Sunday 12 July 2015

MG Car Display

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

Durham MG Owners' Club showcase their cars at the Garden today. There is no additional cost for the activity, but standard admission charges apply. 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.


Historic Durham Tours

1:15pm to 3:15pm, Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre (starting point)

The tour will take you through the history of Durham through the World Heritage Site. You will discover why Durham is such an important city, and hear local tales and stories from the last 1,000 years. The tours will run at 1.15 and 3.15.

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


Evening prayer at Ushaw

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Ushaw College, Durham
President of Ushaw Mgr. John Marsland
We started the season of music and events with Evening prayer and as we approach to the end of the season we again ask the President of Ushaw Mgr. John Marsland to lead our service of thanks and hopefulness, and look forward to the start of a new season in September when Ushaw will once again be filled with music, speech, drama and spirituality.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Monday 13 July 2015

Cities and Citizens 17th-Century Studies Conference

9:00am to 2:00pm, Durham University

The 2015 conference focuses on the topic of ‘Cities and Citizens’ and will focus on the ways in which urban centres were perceived, experienced, understood and represented in the ‘long seventeenth century’ (c.1580-1720). The conference will be held within the World Heritage Site on Palace Green in the heart of the seventeenth-century bishopric capital of Durham.

Contact early.modern@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, and 4.15.

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


Tuesday 14 July 2015

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 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45 and 4.15.

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


Friday 17 July 2015

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 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, and 4.15.

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


Durham Castle Tea and Tour, 11.30 & 13.30

11:30am to 1:30pm, Durham Castle

Enjoy a tour around Durham Castle followed by tea and cakes surrounded by 17th Century tapestries in the Castle's Senate Suite.

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


Ushaw Ceilidh

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Great music and dance with local musicians resonating in the wonderful setting of Pugin’s great Refectory. For details see the website. Licensed café bar. Tickets £6 on the door or available at tickets@Ushaw.org

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 18 July 2015

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 July
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Normal admission charges apply and there are no additional charges for participating in this event.

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


Excellent Elephants

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

Find out why elephants are important in South Asian culture and make a fun elephant puppet in today's craft activity.

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


Crowning Glory

Palace Green Library
Saturday 18 - Friday 24 July
Celebrate the start of the holidays by making your own crown to take home. Will you be a better monarch than King John?

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


Historic Durham Tours

1:15pm to 3:15pm, Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre (starting point)

The tour will take you through the history of Durham through the World Heritage Site. You will discover why Durham is such an important city, and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years.

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


Organ Recital by Andrew Christer

2:30pm to 4:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham
The last in this seasons’ series of recitals given by one of the region’s most talented organists. Andrew has been the Director of Music and Organist of St John the Evangelist Church, Darlington, for the past 30 years, and is Sub Organist at St Mary’s, Richmond.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 19 July 2015

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 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45 and 4.15.

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


Monday 20 July 2015

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 10.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45 and 4.15

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


Adam Bushnell's Family Storytelling Day

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

Adam Bushnell, an established children's author, visits the Botanic Garden for a fantastic day of storytelling. Adam has published ten books on a range of fantastical subjects. He is passionate about inspiring children to write creatively and will be sharing some of his stories in the Botanic Garden at this fascinating family storytelling event.

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


Durham Castle Family Fun Tour

11:15am to 12:15pm, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries. Please note that due to the nature of the building this tour may not suitable for the under 5s The tour will start at 11.15.

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


Non-equilibrium quantum dynamics in low dimensions Mini-Conference

Durham University
Monday 20 - Wednesday 22 July
The conference will explore experimental and theoretical themes pertinent to a vast number of physical system, with an emphasis on recent developments in the field of ultracold atomic gases.

Contact noneqquant.conference@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 21 July 2015

Durham Castle Family Fun Tour

11:15am to 12:15pm, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries. Please note that due to the nature of the building this tour may not suitable for the under 5s The tour will start at 11.15.

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


Wednesday 22 July 2015

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 10.15 and 11.15.

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


Powerful Pharaohs

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

Discover what life was like for the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and make a headdress and collar to wear with pride.

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


Thursday 23 July 2015

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 10.15, 11.15 12.15, 1.45 and 4.15.

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


Friday 24 July 2015

Terrifying Terracotta Warriors

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Over 8,000 warriors stand ready to do battle in China, but this army is made entirely out of terracotta! Learn about this fascinating army and make your own warrior out of clay.

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


Historic Durham Tours

1:15pm to 3:15pm, Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre (starting point)

The tour will take you through the history of Durham through the World Heritage Site. You will discover why Durham is such an important city, and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. The tours will run at 1.15 and 3.15.

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


Conflicts and Connections in the Landscape of the Manimahesh Pilgrimage

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH
Jonathan & Sukanya B Miles-Watson will deliver this lecture, exploring the Manimahesh pilgrimage of the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh is locally important but up to now has been little known internationally.

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


Saturday 25 July 2015

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 10.15.

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


Festival of British Archaeology: Digging Deep

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

To celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology, we are hosting a special afternoon of hands on archaeological activities. Come along and try archaeological drawing, clean finds and brush up your excavation skills. FREE entry today!

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


Badge of honour?

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 25 - Friday 31 July
People have always used badges to show who they support. Come along and design your own all this week at Palace Green Library.

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


Sunday 26 July 2015

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 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45 and 4.15.

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


Monday 27 July 2015

Teddy Bears' Picnic

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
The ever popular Teddy Bears' Picnic returns. From storytelling to bear-related crafts, from the most-loved bear competition to the popular teddy trail, join us for a fun-filled day.
There will be another picnic on Monday 17th August.

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


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 10.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45 and 4.15.

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


Tuesday 28 July 2015

Durham Castle Family Fun Tour

10:15am to 11:15am, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries. Please note that due to the nature of the building this tour may not suitable for the under 5s The tour will start at 11.15.

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


Wednesday 29 July 2015

Durham Castle Family Fun Tour

10:15am to 11:15am

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries. Please note that due to the nature of the building this tour may not suitable for the under 5s The tour will start at 11.15.

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


Origami Madness

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Have a go at the art of Japanese paper folding in today's craft activity. Can you master the famous origami crane?

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


Thursday 30 July 2015

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 10.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45 and 4.15.

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


Friday 31 July 2015

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 10.15 and 11.15.

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


Radiant Rangoli

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

Indian rangoli is the tradition of making patterns using rice, coloured sand or flower petals. Try your hand at it to make a beautiful design to take home.

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


Saturday 1 August 2015

Terrific Tutankhamun

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

Find out about this important ancient Egyptian king and create a colourful death mask just like the real thing.

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


Scribble like a scribe

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 1 - Friday 7 August
Have a go at writing with a quill to create your own manuscript, all this week at Palace Green Library.

Monday 3 August 2015

Marko's Circus Workshop

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

Enjoy the Circus at the Botanic Garden! Learn circus tricks, including how to juggle and spin plates, at this fun workshop today.

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


Tuesday 4 August 2015

Is the World Flat? Charles Taylor on the Metaphysics of Pilgrimage in the 21st Century

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH
Michael Raubach will deliver this lecutre examining Charles Taylor’s monumental 2007 work ‘A Secular Age’ he sets out to answer two questions: What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? And, why (in the West) it was virtually impossible not to believe in God in the Middle Ages, while presently many of us not only find this easy, but even culturally inescapable?

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


Wednesday 5 August 2015

Fan-tastic!

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

Fans were carried by men and women in all seasons in Korea. Find out why and make a traditional Korean paper fan.

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


Friday 7 August 2015

Glorious Gardens

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

Get creative and make your own miniature Japanese Zen Garden - complete with sand, rocks, plants and a pond!

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


Saturday 8 August 2015

Joyous Jewellery

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

Check out the beautiful jewellery in our South Asia Gallery and create your own piece from beads and charms.

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


Coats of arms

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 8 - Friday 14 August
Be like the Barons who forced King John to agree to the Magna Carta and design your own coat of arms, all this week at Palace Green Library.

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


Monday 10 August 2015

Jay's Animal Encounters

11:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
The zoo comes to the Botanic Garden. From cute and cuddly to smooth and scaly, meet the incredible range of friendly animals visiting the garden for the day.

Jay's Anmimal Encounters will be back at the Garden on Monday 24 August.

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


Wednesday 12 August 2015

Cherished Cats

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

Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt. Find out about the importance of cats in ancient Egypt and make your own mummified cat.

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


Friday 14 August 2015

Super Silk Route

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

Find out about the ancient Silk Road and make your own map to find out what was traded along it.

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


Saturday 15 August 2015

All the Colours of the Rainbow

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

Across the world, colours have dep meaning. Find out what your favourite colour means, do a fantastic colour hunt through the galleries and create a piece of artwork.

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


Swashbuckling swords

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 15 - Friday 21 August
People have sometimes taken up arms to fight for their rights. Design your own sword to take home in this week's craft activity.

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


Monday 17 August 2015

Teddy Bears' Picnic

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
The ever popular Teddy Bears' Picnic returns. From storytelling 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.


Wednesday 19 August 2015

Marvellous Mancala

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

Learn about the ancient board game of Mancala. Make your own set and challenge people to a game.

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


Thursday 20 August 2015

Durham Castle Tea and Tour, 11.30 & 13.30

11:30am to 1:30pm, Durham Castle

Enjoy a tour around Durham Castle followed by tea and cakes surrounded by 17th Century tapestries in the Castle's Senate Suite.

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


Friday 21 August 2015

Hooray for Hieroglyphs

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

Learn about writing in ancient Egypt and make a stone tablet engraved with hieroglyphs.

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


Saturday 22 August 2015

Glorious Gold

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

The Oriental Museum is home to a stunning gold lacquered chest. Come along and create your own golden treasure chest to keep your secrets in.

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


Make it real with a seal!

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

Saturday 22 - Friday 28 August
Kings did not sign documents like Magna Carta to make them official, they sealed them. Make your own clay seal to take home, all this week at Palace Green Library.

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


Monday 24 August 2015

Jay's Animal Encounters

11:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
The zoo comes back to the Botanic Garden for anpther day of animal fun. From cute and cuddly to smooth and scaly, meet the incredible range of friendly animals visiting the garden today.

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


A Paragon of Chivalry

6:30pm to 5:00pm, Galilee Chapel Gallery, Durham Cathedral

24 August - 20 September
An echibition of recent works by Richard Lynn Studham, as part of the Celebrations of the Magna Carta. In this body of work Richard has attempted to explore an individual component of medieval confrontation including vassalage, early forms of feudalism, romance and other varied intricacies of chivalry. The protection and supportive nature in the timeline of Medieval chivalric society is well documented in religious chronicles.

Contact info@convergenet.biz for more information about this event.


Wednesday 26 August 2015

Dazzling Dragon Boats

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

Find out about the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and decorate your own dragon boat.

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


Friday 28 August 2015

Amazing Animals

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

India is home to an amazing array of animals. Find out more about them and make an animal mask to wear with pride.

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


Saturday 29 August 2015

Durham Flower Festival

10:00am to 4:30pm, East Durham College, Houghall Campus, Durham, DH1 3SG

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August
Following the tremendous success of the first ever Durham Flower Festival, we are delighted to announce the dates for the 2015 show. The event will be held at the Houghall campus, on the outskirts of Durham. The show offers top quality plants, great garden products and plenty of expert growing advice – all in one fantastic day out.

Contact dianne.howe@eastdurham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Mysterious Mummies

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

Find out about ancient Egyptian mummies, make your own and start the process of mummifying a banana to finish at home.

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


Laying down the law

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 August
It’s your turn to write the rules! Design your own Magna Carta to take home in this weekend's craft activity.

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


Wednesday 2 September 2015

International Glaciological Society – British Branch Meeting

Until 12:00am, Geography Department, Durham University

Wednesday 2 - Thursday 3 September
The Department of Geography at Durham University is delighted to be hosting the British Branch meeting of the International Glaciological Society. The conference will include oral and poster presentations, spread over two days, on a wide range of snow and ice research.


Thursday 3 September 2015

Climate Impacts, Ecosystems and Evolution – from deep time to the future

Until 12:00am, Van Mildert College, Durham University
Thursday 3 - Saturday 5 September
This multidisciplinary conference will be both inclusive and substantive involving biologists, geologists, geographers and palaeontologists addressing research questions over different timescales, i.e. decadal, multi-decadal, millennial or tens of millennia to millions of years in deep time.


Sunday 6 September 2015

National Orchid Show

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, and Josephine Butler College, Durham
The 5th National Orchid Show is back in Durham this September, with displays from orchid societies and the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers.

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


Saturday 17 October 2015

Antarctic Winter at Palace Green Library

Palace Green Library
17 October 2015 - 7 February 2016
This winter, our exhibitions consider the Polar Regions, focusing particularly on the discovery, exploration and ongoing work taking place in Antarctica.

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


Wednesday 28 October 2015

Inkapture Creative Writing Course

2:30pm to 4:30pm, Garden Room. St Aidan's College. Durham University

A creative writing course taught by Durham-based author Dr. Fadia Faqir. It is an introduction to creative writing, exploring techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style. Suitable for beginners and those who have been writing for a while.
Admission is FREE and the course is open to students or non-students.

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


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