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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.

Sunday 25 February 2018

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

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


Everyone's History: 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act

10:00am to 5:00pm, Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library

This exhibition celebrates 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act and also the archaeology that is discovered everyday by the public.

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


Khyal: Music and Imagination

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

Led by Durham University’s Music Department, this multimedia exhibition brings together visual artists and musicians to explore diverse visual responses to Indian classical music.

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


Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante

9:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

The exhibition follows the course of Dante’s imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The story is told through artworks, manuscripts, memorabilia and other objects on loan from Livio Ambrogio, the world’s greatest Dante private collector, and other collections.

Contact annalisa.cipollone@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Hills are High

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

An exhibition by curator/photographer Lauren Barnes, illustrating the everyday lives of South Koreans over the course of a single year.

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


Art Exhibition: 'Encounter'

9:30am to 4:00pm, Ustinov College at Sheraton Park, Durham

A new art exhibition at Ustinov College that explores the theme of human and environmental encounters. This exhibition of contemporary art by local professional and emerging artists is taking place at Durham University’s Ustinov College at Sheraton Park.

Contact glenn.mcgregor@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Decibel: A night of fresh sounds

7:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Students' Union Bar & Events Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3AN

COCO Society presents a night of fresh sound from some of the most exciting musical talent in the North of England. DECIBEL will pump a shot of indie-fueled pop into the Durham music scene and will be one of the largest live music events in Durham city in recent times.

Contact olivia.l.anderson-lynch@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 26 February 2018

WRIHW Early Career Researcher Impact in Research Event

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Collier Room, St Hild and St Bede College, Leazes Road, Durham

The Wolfson ECR Committee are hosting our second ECR event on the 26th February 2018. The ECR Impact in Research Event considers impact in research, the implications this has for contributions to theory, society and the economy and the importance of generating this in our research.

The event welcomes Dr Victoria Money who completed her PhD studies in chemical crystallography under the supervision of Prof. Judith Howard at Durham University in 2004. In her current role as Senior Impact and Engagement Manager in the Research and Innovation Services (RIS), Dr Money provides support for research impact, working with academics across Durham University to support the opportunities for their research to have impact and preparing academics for REF2021.

For detailed information about the event, together with timings and how to register which is essential, please log on to www.dur.ac.uk/wolfson.institute/events/

Contact wolfson.ecr@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Pilates

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

Every Monday
Through emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.

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


Tuesday 27 February 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Where Will the Millenials Take Us? A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure (Professor Barbara Risman, University of Illinois)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College

This lecture offers a framework for understanding what gender means beyond merely a person’s identity. Professor Risman will present her theoretical framework for analyzing gender as a social structure introducing a set of revisions to the original argument. She identifies how gender as a social structure shapes individuals, interactional expectations and the macro level or organizational design and ideology. Material and cultural aspects of the gender structure are also identified and it is shown why it matters to differentiate them. Professor Risman will then use this theoretical perspective to help understand the strategies American Millennials use to negotiate the gender structure. This lecture is free and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Boxwood and Brass

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Elvet Methodist Church, Old Elvet, Durham

Musicon Concert Series 2017/18
A revelatory opportunity to hear Mozart and Beethoven performed the way the music originallysounded to the composers' ears.

Contact joyce.dent@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 28 February 2018

Is the so-called 'Simple View of Reading' (SVR) too simple?

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED 134
Research Seminar
A seminar from Dr Andrew Davis, Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Education, Durham University. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

Contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Trev's Chamber Choir

1:15pm to 1:45pm, Music Department Concert Room

Lunchtime Concert Series
Join Music Durham for their weekly lunchtime concert, this week featuring Trevelyan College Chamber Choir. The concert is free of charge.

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2017/18

2:30pm to 4:30pm, 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.

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


The Limits of Psychological Treatments for ADHD

5:00pm to 6:00pm, Department of Psychology, Room L50.

The Centre for Developmental Disorders' Annual Public Lecture is jointly hosted by the Department of Psychology and the School of Education. The lecture will be given by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke, an eminent Professor of Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience working in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London.

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


A sense of place? Pilgrimage and the senses, past, present - and future

5:30pm to 8:00pm, Palace Green Library Learning Centre

Durham World Heritage Site 2018 Lecture
In this lecture, Dr Dee Dyas will explore the experience of sacred place in the history of Christian pilgrimage – and ask what the future may hold in terms of helping diverse audiences engage with and enjoy sacred heritage sites.

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


Gannet – A Story of Recovery

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE

After some challenging years which saw pipeline integrity issues and pig transmission difficulties, Gannet Alpha is back in production and proving its worth as one of Shell Expo’s most prolific UK assets.

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


Voices: Sounds of Spring Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St. Oswalds Church, Durham

Join Voices for their annual spring concert, this year joined by Ceilidh Band for a spectacular Irish themed evening. Performances include: Danny Boy, Whiskey in the Jar and Rocky Road to Dublin.

Contact voices.society@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - The Uses and Misuses of Universities (Professor Stuart Corbridge, Durham University)

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

Just over 50 years ago, University President Clark Kerr reflected wisely and wryly on the future uses of major research universities like his own, Berkeley. This lecture revisits the major themes of Kerr’s book, The Uses of the University, and ponders the scope for various misuses of the university at a time of extraordinary government intervention in higher education around the world.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 1 March 2018

17th European Dermatology Congress 2018

8:00am to 5:00pm, Holiday Inn Paris – Marne La Vallée

Significant Advances in Development of Modern Dermatology.

Contact brianawilsoneuro@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Barre Concept

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

Every Wednesday
This one hour class gives a full body work out. This work out tones the arms, lifts the butt, sculpts the arms and flattens the abs. All whilst burning fat… What’s not to love?

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


Free Voice-Hearing Events at the Waddington Street Community Centre

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Waddington Street Centre, 3 Waddington St, Durham, DH1 4BG

Hearing the Voice (Durham University) have teamed up with Waddington Street Centre to produce a new, four-part series of events exploring voice-hearing and other unusual experiences.
These free events will take place every second Thursday of the month at the Waddington Street Community Centre

Contact rebecca.j.doggwiler@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


My Fair Lady

7:30pm to 7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET

Feather Theatre Company warmly invites you to My Fair Lady.
A wager by Professor Higgins sets in motion a musical escapade in Edwardian London with the transformation of Eliza Doolittle from flower seller to society beauty. But has Professor Higgens taken on more than he can handle, and at what expense?
This family favourite is written by Lerner and Loewe; adapted from George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion'.

Contact mildarts@mildert.co.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 2 March 2018

Back to Hockey

12:00pm to 1:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

A fun new form of fitness, all levels welcome! Durham University Hockey Club are running five weeks of Back to Hockey sessions for any adults interested in getting back into Hockey.

Contact emma.c.headley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Walking Hockey

1:30pm to 2:30pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

Durham University Hockey Club are running five weeks of walking hockey. Suitable for adults of any activity level, the sessions will be at a slower pace and aimed at beginners. If you're new to the sport, just haven't played since school or even with an injury or disability that might prevent you playing sport come along and give it a try!

Contact emma.c.headley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


In Paradisum

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

Join Durham University Choral Society in the magnificent Durham Cathedral for their performance of Rutter’s Requiem and Faure’s Requiem. The choir will be conducted by Daniel Cook, the Master of the Choristers at Durham Cathedral, and accompanied by Durham University Palatinate Chamber Orchestra

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 3 March 2018

Holi Festival

12:00pm to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Welcome the spring season to Durham with a special Holi festival!

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


Scales of Justice!

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Scales of Justice can be used to see who is right and who is wrong. Make your own today to celebrate our exhibition 'Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante'.

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


Monday 5 March 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Distortion in Human Creativity and Distortion in Human Communication: the art of Stanley Spencer as case-study (Professor Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Josephine Butler College

Why did Stanley Spencer distort the human figure in those paintings that he deemed to be his most important and best?

What has the viewing public made of Spencer’s distortions and of his vision of a beloved world that he took to be his gift to humanity?

And what does the case of Stanley Spencer and his art reveal of human artistry in general, of an artistic consciousness and of human attempts to communicate experience?

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Interreligious choir Pontanima performs in Durham Cathedral

7:00pm to 8:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Join the Pontanima choir for their concert in Durham Cathedral, on their first ever trip to England. Music will include new commissions and works of significance for different religions and cultures.

Contact stefanie.kappler@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Cosmic Architecture: How our universe was built

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Senior Common Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham

Professor Frenk poses fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and the formation of galaxies and other structures. You’re cordially invited to join in the current conversation on topics such as the physics of dark matter and the properties of dark energy; a lively Q&A session is guaranteed.

Contact l.j.campbell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 6 March 2018

Jacobitism and the Conscience of British and Irish Catholicism

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Ushaw College

This is the first in a series of special events marking the 450th anniversary of the English College at Douai. Dr Gabriel Glickman (University of Cambridge) will present this public lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series.

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


Wednesday 7 March 2018

Horn Society

1:15pm to 1:45pm, Music Department Concert Room

Lunchtime Concert Series
This week featuring the Durham University Horn Society, made up of some of the best horn players in the university, this is not a concert to miss.

The concert is free of charge.

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Evolutions and Revolutions - Durham University Classical Ensemble

7:00pm to 9:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department, Palace Green DH1 3RL

Durham University Classical Ensemble present Evolutions and Revolutions: Styles and Forms from Church to State.
The University's only orchestra dedicated to baroque and classical music will be performing Mozart's Symphony 35, Bach's Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, Partita for Wind in E flat major by Krommer, Marcello's Oboe Concerto in D minor, Vivaldi's Sinfonia "Al Santo Sepolcro" in B minor and the Overture to the Abdelezar Suite by Purcell.

Contact classical.ensemble@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - Universities at the Crossroads: Directing Cultural Transformations (Professor N. Kate Hayles, Duke University)

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

Universities are no longer the privileged site of knowledge creation and dissemination. Excellent online tutorials, such as the Kahn Academy, provide high quality open-access instruction in subjects once considered too esoteric to address except in a university classroom, such as calculus, linear algebra, and similar mathematical topics. These developments pose significant challenges to traditional ideas of the university as a cloistered space where students came and learned about subjects they could not access otherwise.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 8 March 2018

Europe: A Continent in Concert

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Elvet Methodist Church

Join Durham University Concert Band for their second concert of the year, taking you on a musical journey across Europe without having to leave Durham!

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 9 March 2018

Hill Orchestra Epiphany Concert

7:30pm to 9:30pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham

Durham University Hill Orchestra cordially invite you to our spring concert in St Oswald’s Church where we will be playing the beloved Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Borodin’s ‘In the Steppes of Central Asia’, and the ‘Dolly Suite’ by Faure, in aid of Youth Music.

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 10 March 2018

Lucet Weaving

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

The Anglo-Saxons made beautiful bracelets using a lucet weaver. Join us and make your own.

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


Powerful Pyramids

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

Find out how the pyramids were built and make your own sandy pyramid, just like the Ancient Egyptians.

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


Parry Centenary Concert

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

Durham University Orchestral Society, Choral Society, and Chamber join forces together with Durham Cathedral Choristers and Durham County Youth Choir for an incredible celebration of the life and music of C H Parry.

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 11 March 2018

Mystical Travels: Durham University Palatinate Orchestra

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Town Hall

Come and join the Durham University Palatinate Orchestra for a decadent evening of music in the wonderful setting of Durham Town Hall, to present a night filled with luscious music, from intimate chamber masterpieces to gorgeous symphonic tone poems..

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 14 March 2018

Full Score

1:15pm to 1:45pm, Music Department Concert Room, Palace Green, Durham

Lunchtime Concert Series
Join Music Durham for their final lunchtime concert of the term, this week featuring our youngest society – Full Score. Full of toe-tapping barbershop classics and impeccable harmonies, this is the perfect way to round off the term.
The concert runs from 1.15pm -1.45pm and is free of charge.

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


'Unrest' Film screening

5:45pm to 8:30pm, Dept of Psychology, Durham Univesrity, Lower Mountjoy, Stockton Road, Durham

Unrest, an internationally acclaimed, award winning film is being screened across the UK, receiving national media coverage. The message highlights the reality of this illness, changing perceptions and raising awareness.
ME North East are bringing this film to your area. With the support and financial backing from Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor, Stuart Corbridge, who will be hosting this screening at the University.
Unrest gives a powerful voice to an ignored population.


Breath in Fiction and Poetry

6:15pm to 7:45pm, ER142, Elvet Riverside 1, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT

Michael Symmons Roberts will read from his novel, 'Breath' and from his poetry, discuss breathing illness in his family background, and examine how breathing and breath feature in his work.
Part of Arts of Breath, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art.

Contact sarah.mclusky@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 15 March 2018

Durham Dynamics Showcase

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Durham University Music Department, Palace Green, Durham

Join Durham Dynamics, Durham's largest a cappella choir, for their annual showcase. It promises to be a vibrant and dynamic (pardon the pun) evening. Performances will include medleys, mash-ups, original arrangements, beat boxing, and some small group numbers.

Contact abigail.groocock@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 March 2018

Crazy Cartoons

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

Learn all about the Japanese art of manga and create your own cool manga character.

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


Saturday 24 March 2018

Fantastic Fans

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

Explore our new exhibition all about South Korean culture, learn to count in Korean and make a Korean fan to take home.

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


Durham Singers: Songs of Farewell

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College

Contrasting reflections on the end of life, from eighteenth century Italy and early-twentieth century England. Highly expressive settings of Roman Catholic texts by Scarlatti and Lotti contrast with Parry's deeply personal response to his own approaching death and to the tragedy of the First World War.

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


Sunday 25 March 2018

Ladies Of The Blues - UK Tour 2018

7:30pm to 10:30pm, Gala Theatre

“Ladies Of The Blues” featuring Connie Lush Band, Kyla Brox and Erja Lyytinen.


Contact rockandbls@talktalk.net for more information about this event.


Monday 21 May 2018

10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology

9:00am to 6:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

We have the pleasure of announcing the 10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
Genomics 2018 will provide a perfect platform to all the Scientists, Researchers, Students and Business Delegates to deliver the latest scientific advancements in the respective sphere.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Monday 25 June 2018

International Conference on Dentistry and Oral Health

10:00am to 6:00pm, Bangkok

Allied Academies is overwhelmed to announce the commencement of “International conference on Dentistry and Oral Health” to be held during June 25-26, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The upcoming conference will be organised around the theme “Unveiling the latest research on Dental and Oral Health".

Contact dentistryoralhealth@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Sunday 1 July 2018

Durham Race for Life 5K

11:00am to 2:00pm, St Leonards Sports Fields, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.
Race for Life brings thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into all 200 types of cancer. Sign up or help us spread the word.

Contact susan.mackellar1@cancer.org.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 7 July 2018

Chester le Street Pretty Muddy Kids

9:45am to 2:00pm, Riverside Park, Riverside South, Chester le Street, DH3 3SJ

Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids is our brilliant muddy obstacle course just for the little ones. They can take on the obstacles, crawl through the mud pit and have fun with friends, all the while helping raise valuable funds for BEATING CANCER.

Contact susan.mackellar1@cancer.org.uk for more information about this event.


Chester le Street Pretty Muddy 5K

10:30am to 2:00pm, Riverside Park, Riverside South, Chester le Street, DH3 3SJ

Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for BEATING CANCER.

Contact susan.mackellar1@cancer.org.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 14 September 2018

4th Global Summit on Heart Diseases

9:00am to 5:00pm, Holiday Inn, Singapore Atrium 317 Outram Road Singapore 169075

After the splendid success of the “3rd Global Summit on Heart Diseases” held at Bangkok, Thailand during November 02-03, 2017 we proudly announce the "4th Global Summit On Heart Diseases" which will be held during September 14-15, 2018 at Singapore.

Contact heartdisease@conferencesworld.org for more information about this event.