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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.

Wednesday 5 August 2015

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.

'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.


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.


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.


Visualing the Animal

10:00am to 5:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

An exhibition questioning the nature of animals and our relationship with them, seen through photography. The exhibition is free of charge.


Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

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

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Wednesdays in August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace between 11.15 and 16.15.

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


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 your own traditional Korean paper fan.

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


‘Wartime Bishop: Hensley Henson and World War I'

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 7NR.

Auckland Castle Lecture Series
The Revd Canon Rosalind Brown, Canon Librarian at Durham Cathedral, will deliver a lecture on Hensley Henson, Dean and later Bishop of Durham, one of the characters of the early twentieth century Church of England. This lecture will examine his life and ministry and some of the issues facing him and the church of his day.

Contact ria.snowdon@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 6 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

10:15am to 12:15pm, 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 today at 10.15, 11.15 and 12.15.

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


Magna Carta Family Talks

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Older children and family members will enjoy our informal talks, a chance to find out more about Magna Carta and the themes explored in the exhibition. Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2pm-3pm, during the school holidays our informal talks are free to attend and there is no need to book.

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


Friday 7 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

10:15am to 10:15am, 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 today at 10:15am.

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


Glorious Zen 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

Durham Castle Tour

10:15am, 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 today at 10:15am.

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


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.


Sunday 9 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am and 11.15am

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


Monday 10 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today & tomorrow at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 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.


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.


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.


Tuesday 11 August 2015

Magna Carta Family Talks

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Older children and family members will enjoy our informal talks a chance to find out more about Magna Carta and the themes explored in the exhibition.
All informal talks are free to attend and there is no need to book every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2pm-3pm, during the school holidays.

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


Wednesday 12 August 2015

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

Durham Castle

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Wednesdays in August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace between 11.15am and 16.15pm.

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


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.


Thursday 13 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 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.


Friday 14 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

Durham Castle

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August
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 this weekend at 10.15am and 11.15am.

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


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

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.


All the Colours of the Rainbow

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

Across the world, colours have deep 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.


Sunday 16 August 2015

Durham Castle Tours

Durham Castle
Sunday 16, Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 August
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, 12.15pm, 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.


Big Birthday Blast

12:00pm to 6:00pm, Durham County Cricket Club

Durham County Cricket Club (DCCC)and County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF)are hosting a family fun day to mark their joint 20th anniversaries. The family fun day with a charity cricket match, seeing celebrities take on the Lashings cricket team – a team made up of a number of legendary international cricketers – in a T20 match that is hoped will raise funds for DCCC’s First Class Future’s initiative, helping to foster grassroots cricket in the region, particularly for young cricketers and female cricketers, as well as for good causes in the county.

Contact sarah@cdcf.org.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 Tour

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 today at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 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.


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

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am only.

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


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 in today's family craft activity.

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


Saturday 22 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am and 11.15am.

Contact castle.tours@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.


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.


Sunday 23 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 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 24 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 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.


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.


Tuesday 25 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 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.


Wednesday 26 August 2015

Dazzling Dragon Boats

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

Come along to 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.


Thursday 27 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm.

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


Friday 28 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

Durham Castle
Friday 28, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 August
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 Friday - Sunday at 10.15am and 11.15am.

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


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, in today's craft activity.

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.


Monday 31 August 2015

Durham Castle Tour

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 today at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 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.


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.


‘Material Culture in Exile: the English Convents in Europe, 1600–1800’

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 7NR.

Auckland Castle Lecture Series
Dr James Kelly, Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, will deliver this lecture examining early modern English convents in Europe. In 1598, the first English convent was established in Brussels and was to be followed by a further 21 enclosed convents across Flanders and France with more than 4,000 women entering them over a 200-year period.

Contact ria.snowdon@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


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.


Saturday 5 September 2015

Powerful Paint

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

Explore the tiniest portraits of the Indian Mughal Emperors and create your own masterpiece today at the Orinetal Museum.

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


Lucet weaving

1:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September
Try your hand at weaving – Anglo-Saxon style! Take away what you make and amaze your friends with your historical crafting!

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


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 12 September 2015

Cheerful Chinese Crafts

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

Enjoy Free Entry and Chinese craft activities today as we take part in Heritage Open Days.

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


Groovy Greeks

1:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September
Take inspiration from our ancient Greek vases and the stories they show. What story will you tell on your own vase?

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


Saturday 19 September 2015

Food Glorious Food

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

Let us whet your taste buds with some Japanese food. Try everything from pickled ginger to miso soup and, of course, try the chopstick challenge!

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


Saturday 26 September 2015

Perfect Pots

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

Enjoy searching for the many vases and pots in our galleries, and sculpt your own clay pot, or decorate a porcelain vase.

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


Wednesday 7 October 2015

'Soli Deo honor et Gloria: Reinterpreting the Art and Architecture of the Cistercians in Northern England in the late Middle Ages'

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 7NR.

Auckland Castle Lecture Series
Dr Michael Carter, senior properties historian at English Heritage, where he specialises on medieval monasteries will examine the Cistercians of Northern England. Northern England is justifiably famous for the ruins of its Cistercian monasteries, which display evidence of sustained architectural activity between the twelfth and early sixteenth centuries.

Contact ria.snowdon@aucklandcastle.org 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.


Monday 2 November 2015

The Spirit of Catholic Renewal: Signs, Sources, and Calling - The Tablet 175th Anniversary Conference

2:00pm to 2:45pm, Ushaw College
Monday 2 - Wednesday 4 November
The Centre for Catholic Studies is delighted to be presenting The Tablet's 175th Anniversary Conference, hosted at Ushaw College. A premier international conference analysing the current Catholic moment.

Contact e.t.jarvis@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 4 November 2015

‘Mistress Wintour's Rich Embrodered Churchestuffe: practical Catholic devotion for laywomen following the Gunpowder Plot’

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 7NR.

Auckland Castle Lecture Series
Jan Graffius, Curator at Stonyhurst, will present an examination of Helena Wintour's embroidered vestments and their Catholic iconography. The talk will look at the religious and cultural resources available to recusant laity in the decades after the failed Plot of 1605, and Helena's close association with Jesuit spirituality. The complex iconography of her beautiful embroideries draws on many sources, from botanical prints to Counter-Reformation confraternities and English metaphysical poetry.

Contact ria.snowdon@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 2 December 2015

'Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779): Artist, Scientist, and Adventurer'

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 7NR.

Auckland Castle Lecture Series
Jonathan Peacock, guest curator at The Bowes, will explore the life and legacy of the hugely important local figure, Jeremiah Dixon. Dixon has been largely forgotten in England and, more importantly, in the North East but not only did he survey the present layout of the Park at Auckland Castle for Bishop Egerton in 1772, he lent his name to the Mason-Dixon line, one of America's most famous boundaries and perhaps the best-known line on the planet after the Equator.

Contact ria.snowdon@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


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