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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.

Friday 30 September 2016

The Shield of Faith: Ushaw College at War

1:00pm to 5:00pm, Ushaw College

An exhibition exploring the stories of men from Ushaw who served during World War One. It will consider the role of a Catholic Chaplain in the conflict and how individual soldier's faith was influenced by warfare. The exhibition will be open free of charge during Ushaw's public open days on Saturdays from 1pm - 5pm

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


Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

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

Friday 25 March - Sunday 2 October
100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there. Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front tells the stories of the people from County Durham caught up in the battle: the men who fought and died on the battlefield; the women who nursed the wounded and comforted the dying; and the workers who toiled in factories, mines and shipyards across the county to support the war effort.

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


The Shogun's Cultured Warriors

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum

The samurai were the military class of Japan who developed from provincial warriors into the ruling elite. They were a powerful force in Japan for more than six centuries and so had a profound effect on military and political life. High ranking warriors were also expected to develop their literary skills and they played an active role as patrons of the arts. This exhibition explores the role of the samurai class as patrons and producers of the arts. It also examines the legacy of samurai culture which remains a potent source of inspiration in Japan - and the west - today.

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


Munitionettes & Miners - County Durham Heroes of the Great War

Museum of Archaeology

Munitionettes & Miners uncovers the important roles of County Durham men and women during World War I. Discover more about local women who worked in munitions factories and Co. Durham miners who fought tunnel warfare under the Western Front. The gallery will be open Monday, 12pm – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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


Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University’s Western Art Collection

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

Opening the Door exhibition takes place 30 September - 6 November

Durham University is home to a significant collection of 20th century and 21st century prints featuring works by Andy Warhol, Eric Gill, Sandra Blow, Peter Blake and Barbara Hepworth. With no permanent gallery space, until now these works have largely gone unseen and unknown by the public.

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


Rest and its discontents

12:00pm to 6:00pm, Mile End Art Pavilion, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY

Rest matters to everyone. Its presence, absence and quality affects mind, body, culture and society. Rest and its discontents is a major new exhibition exploring the dynamics of rest, stress, sound, noise, work and mind-wandering, in an evolving immersive laboratory of artists’ moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound, music and debate.

Rest and its discontents draws on Hubbub, a two-year residency undertaken by fifty international artists, writers, social scientists, broadcasters, humanities researchers, scientists and mental health experts in The Hub at Wellcome Collection in London. Hubbub is a major Durham University project, directed by Prof Felicity Callard (Geography), with Associate Directors Prof Charles Fernyhough (Psychology) and Dr James Wilkes (Geography).

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


Saturday 1 October 2016

Durham Branch Western Front Association Annual Conference

9:30am to 4:30pm, Cornerstones, Chester-le-Street Market Place

Four lectures on the battles on the Western Front
Professors Sir Hew Strachan, William Philpott, Eric Grove and Holger Afflerbach will speak on Strategy of 1916, Last day of The Somme, Jutland, Verdun and Prof John Derry will chair.
Cost is £25 which includes a buffet lunch. There will also be an exhibition by local groups.

Contact petewelshgettysburg@btinternet.com for more information about this event.


Offerings to the Ancestors

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

From mobile phones to trainers, paper offerings in all shapes and sizes are burned as offerings for the dead in Vietnam. Come along and make your own weird and wonderful offerings. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Pilot a Peg Plane

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

Make your own Somme inspired Peg Plane to remember the Somme Exhibition. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Sunday 2 October 2016

Lanchester Brass Band

3:00pm to 5:00pm, Croft View, Lanchester

Lanchester Brass Band are a traditional but adventurous band based in the lovely village of Lanchester just a a few miles outside Durham City. We invite Durham Students to join us as a way to experience the culture of the North East. Lifts to practices and events are always available. We have strong links with the University and students and we give concerts in many interesting places in the area. Practices Sunday 3 to 5pm and Wednesday 7.30 to 9.30pm.

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


Monday 3 October 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Staff fitness class - Pilates

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

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place.

Pilates a 60 minute class aimed at strengthening the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being.

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


Tuesday 4 October 2016

Historic Durham Tours

12:15pm to 1:00pm, 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.


Krav Maga Self Defence

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

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

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


Wednesday 5 October 2016

Opening the Door: Art tours of the Palatine Centre

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

A guided tour of some of the highlights of Durham University’s modern art collection and a chance to get behind the scenes at the University’s architecturally designed Palatine building. The tour will focus on printed works currently on display by Victor Pasmore, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and others. This tour is open to all. Meet at Palatine Building reception desk.

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


"Whisht! Lads": The Lambton Worm, Medievalism(s) and Radical Jack the Earl of Durham

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House

A free public talk in which Jamie Beckett examines the evolution of the North East folk tale of the Lambton Worm. This is the final lecture in the Late Summer Lectures organised by the Department of English Studies. Catch up on podcasts of previous talks via http://readdurhamenglish.wordpress.com/podcasts/

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


Palatinates Rugby Charity Challenge

6:30pm to 8:30pm, Durham City Rugby Club

The Palatinates are taking on Hartpury College in the opening fixture of the new BUCS Super Rugby league. The new league features the top eight university rugby sides from England and Wales. The journey to Twickenham starts here! Tickets can be purchased in advance for £2, or for £3 'on the door'. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Team Durham's charity partner 'Sport in Action Zambia'.

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


Lanchester Brass Band

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Croft View, Lanchester

Lanchester Brass Band are a traditional but adventurous band based in the lovely village of Lanchester just a a few miles outside Durham City. We invite Durham Students to join us as a way to experience the culture of the North East. Lifts to practices and events are always available. We have strong links with the University and students and we give concerts in many interesting places in the area. Practices Sunday 3 to 5pm and Wednesday 7.30 to 9.30pm.

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


Thursday 6 October 2016

Staff fitness class - Barre concept

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

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place.

Barre concept - a creative workout, that tones the arms, lifts the butt, sculpts the legs and flattens the abs

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


Friday 7 October 2016

Staff fitness class - Cycling for beginners

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

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place. Cycling for beginners - this a new group for those that haven't cycled for a while.

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


Saturday 8 October 2016

Stunning Stained Glass

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

Take inspiration from the buildings on Durham World Heritage Site to create a stained glass style hanging. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Awesome Art!

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

Celebrate the opening of our new art exhibition, Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University’s Western Art Collectionand create your own lino print to take home. Aprons will be provided. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Monday 10 October 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm 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 1.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Monthly meeting of Western Front Association, Durham Branch

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham TA centre, Gilesgate, Durham DH1 1JR

A talk by Peter Hart, best selling author and Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum, on the war in the air 1914-1918

Contact petewelshgettysburg@btinternet.com for more information about this event.


Tuesday 11 October 2016

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm 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 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Complexity, Scale, Story: narrative models in Will Self and Enid Blyton, (Dr Richard Walsh, University of York)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham

Will Self and Enid Blyton are not often mentioned in the same sentence, but this lecture will reveal that they have an unexpected interest in common: scale. By a happy biographical accident, Dr Walsh is well qualified to expound upon the particular focus of this common interest, which is a rather eccentric model village called Bekonscot. But both writers are also, of course, interested in stories, and that is where his more academic interest as a narrative theorist comes in. Their negotiations with questions of scale in their stories provide a point of departure for his own concern with the distinctive qualities and limitations of narrative form.

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


Cafe Politique presents: Britain, Europe and the rest

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

To kick off the new academic year at Ustinov, Café Politique takes you on a mythical journey exploring how Britain, Europe and the rest of the world have been constructed. Presentations from PhD students, Michael Laiho and Tom Spray (Durham University), and Dr. Ipek Demir (University of Leicester), propagate new ways of understanding how geographical spaces come into being from the perspectives of EU’s Arctic policy, Victorian literature, and the debate around multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and Brexit.

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


Wednesday 12 October 2016

Metacognition in Childhood and Adolescence: Developmental Trends and Educational Implications

11:45am to 1:45pm, Collier Room, St Hild & St Bede

The School of Education is excited to welcome Professor Wolfgang Schneider from the University of Würzburg to their Research Seminar Series. Everyone is welcome. Please confirm attendance to ed.finres@durham.ac.uk by 5 October.

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


Opening the Door: Art tours of the Palatine Centre

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

A guided tour of some of the highlights of Durham University’s modern art collection and a chance to get behind the scenes at the University’s architecturally designed Palatine building. The tour will focus on printed works currently on display by Victor Pasmore, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and others. This tour is open to all. Meet at Palatine Building reception desk.

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


Durham Castle Tours

2:15pm 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 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Thursday 13 October 2016

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm 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 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Friday 14 October 2016

In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla

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

A photographic exhibition portraying the natural and built spaces of Shimla. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. Nursed on nostalgia, the British built Shimla (earlier 'Simla') as their ‘little version of England’ and by extension, of Britain itself, complete with neo-Tudor structures, leisure spots, and imposing residences- from cottages to castles, all complemented by a temperate European weather and landscapes.

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


Saturday 15 October 2016

Twenty-Five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium

10:00am to 5:00pm, Kenworth Hall, Saint Mary's College

Twenty-five years after the publication of Regeneration, this one day conference will explore Pat Barker’s formative work of First World War historical fiction, and the ways in which the First World War is depicted in fiction.

Contact s.j.james@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Come and Sing Messiah

10:00am to 4:00pm, Elvet Methodist Church, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HL

Singers from the North East are invited to spend a day with the Durham Singers working on choruses from Handel's great oratorio Messiah.

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


Crowdcraft!

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

Help us crowdcraft lots of beautiful decorations to get the museum ready for Diwali. Activities include traditional diya painting, lantern making and mandala decorating.
Free entry today for Crowdcraft folk!
This activity is drop in anytime between 1 and 3pm and is suitable for all ages.

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


Swashbuckling Swords

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

Take inspiration from our archaeology gallery and design your own swashbuckling sword! All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Curator's talk

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Part of - Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University’s Western Art Collection Oriental Museum Saturday 15 October 13.00-14.00

www.durham.ac.uk/whatson/calendar/?eventno=31125

Learn more about the works on display and their histories. Booking is required at the museum reception desk (0191 3345691) or by email.

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


Monday 17 October 2016

Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Tuesday 18 October 2016

Ushaw Lecture Series: Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the UK

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Ambassador Daniel Mulhall - 'Confluence of Dreams': W B Yeats, George Russell and the Easter Rising. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Introduction to Mindfulness Course

6:30pm, St Antony's Priory, 74 Claypath, Durham DH1 1QT

An Introductory Course in Mindfulness designed to tackle the stress of everyday life, and impart techniques to manage the mind - creating calmness and positivity whatever the situation. This six week course will introduce mindfulness techniques and concepts behind them, held at the beautiful St Antony's Priory in Durham.

Contact sagara@mindfulrecovery.info for more information about this event.


Wednesday 19 October 2016

University teaching practices in academic workgroups: measuring individuals or tracing change? OR: what should really be addresses by the TEF?

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134

Dr Jan Smith (School of Education) will explain, ‘The flow of new knowledge practices: an inquiry into teaching, learning and curriculum dynamics in academic workgroups’ involves 10 universities in 5 countries in Europe, Australasia and Africa. As increasing numbers of universities globally require some form of credentialling for the teaching aspect of academic roles, we are keen to explore the outcomes of this effort – whether, how and why change happens in teaching practices and what role, if any, a university teaching qualification plays in this process.

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


Thursday 20 October 2016

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - The Earth 500 million years ago: analyzing large-scale spatial and temporal palaeontological questions

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham

Life on Earth is present since a few billion years, but macroscopic fossils only became abundant with the "Cambrian Explosion", some 500 million years ago. After the "Cambrian Explosion", the "Great Ordovician Bio-diversification Event" was arguably the most important and sustained increase of marine biodiversity in Earth’s history. During a short time span of 25 Ma, an "explosion" of diversity at the order, family, genus, and species level occurred. The combined effects of several geological and biological processes helped generate this radiation of life. This lecture by Dr Thomas Servais (French National Centre for Scientifical Reserach, University of Lille, France) is free and open to all.

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


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

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

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

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


Friday 21 October 2016

Education and migration: Language foregrounded conference

9:00am to 4:00pm, School of Education, Durham University, Leazes Road, Durham, DH11TA, United Kingdom

The purpose of this international conference is to bring together researchers and educators who are researching and working in educational contexts where human beings, and their language(s), are under pain and pressure.

Contact p-.m.holmes@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 22 October 2016

Plainsong Workshop Day - Sing, Chant at Ushaw College

10:00am to 4:45pm, Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH

Music from the days of Bede and Hildegard. Tutor: Jonathan Adams, director of the Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir. Previous experience of plainsong is not required. Tickets £15 (concession £12).
Workshop performance at 4.15 pm in the splendour of St Cuthbert's Chapel, supported by BBG Choir members. Friends, family and Ushaw visitors welcome (donations invited). The College Gothic buildings and grounds are also open to the public.

Contact adams.j@icloud.com for more information about this event.


Samurai Swords

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

Find out about Japanese samurai warriors and make a sword. Free entry for Teikyo Festival. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Brilliant Bookmarks

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

We wouldn’t be a library, if we didn’t have books! Look after your books by creating a bookmark. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm and are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Monday 24 October 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Tuesday 25 October 2016

Half Term Fused Glass Workshop

10:30am, Crushed Chilli Gallery, South Street, Durham DH1 4QP

Make a fused glass Christmas decoration, 25, 26, 27 and 28 October. 10.30 am, 12.30 and 2.30pm Christmas Decorations £15 a decoration, refreshments, sweets and badge.

Please email or telephone to reserve a space. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please telephone 0191 3750644 or email to reserve a space.

Contact janet@crushedchilli.co.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm 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 1.15pm, 2.15pm, and 4:15pm.

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


Wednesday 26 October 2016

Celebrate Science: Terrible Teeth

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

'Celebrate Science' at the Oriental Museum and explore Ancient Egyptian surgery and dentistry and craft your own set of teeth to take home. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm 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 1.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Durham Castle Family Fun Tour

2:15pm to 3:15pm, 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. The tour will start at 2.15pm.

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


Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2016/17

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

Inkapture course is an introduction to creative writing 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. This course consists of 15 weekly workshops running over two terms - Please note the last workshop in 2016 is 7 December the course starts again 25 January 2017 running until 15 March 2017.

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


Thursday 27 October 2016

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm 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 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Friday 28 October 2016

Chariots of Fire

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

Explore the Oriental Museum's newest public art installation - a life size horse-drawn chariot, then craft your own chariot to take home. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Happy Halloween - special late night opening

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

Celebrate Halloween with some Japanese spooky stories and monster crafts. Fancy dress encouraged! Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 5-11 years, accompanied by an adult. £3 per child. Under 5s free. Pre-booking required. To book, contact the Oriental Museum.

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


Saturday 29 October 2016

Haunting Halloween

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

Come join us and create your very own spooky mask to scare everyone this Halloween. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Powerful Pots

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

Explore the Oriental Museum's beautiful collection of Chinese ceramics and decorate your own porcelain vase to take home. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 3:15pm, 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 1.15pm, 2.15pm, and 3:15pm.

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


Sunday 30 October 2016

Diwali - special late night opening at the Oriental Museum

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with this special late night opening between 6 and 8pm. Try fun crafts, listen to traditional Indian stories and sample Diwali foods. The Museum will be decorated in spectacular style and the first 100 children will receive a free flower garland. Entry is £2 per person. No booking required.

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


Monday 31 October 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm 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 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Performing the Racial Scale in the Theatre: From Colonial Saint-Domingue to Today

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham

The casting of the “black” actor, Zoe Saldana, as the “black” singer, Nina Simone, in a recent film caused something of an uproar: Saldana, it was claimed, was not black enough and so wore skin-darkening make-up (“blackface”) and a prosthetic nose. These are not new issues. In order to open up the question of the racial scale at work in the theatre, Dr Julia Prest (University of St Andrews) proposes to compare the experiences of two female singer-actors who participated in the vibrant theatrical tradition in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in the 1780s. This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Tuesday 1 November 2016

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Understanding Marduk's Cosmos: the development of astronomy in Ancient Babylonia

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College, Durham

Professor John Steele (Brown University, USA) gives this talk on the fifth tablet of the Babylonian epic of creation, Enūma Eliš, written in the late second millennium BC, describes the god Marduk’s creation of the sun, moon and stars, setting the stars in patterns which make up the constellations and giving the moon and sun a regular order of motion to define the month and the year. This idea of regularity and order in the motion of the heavenly bodies lay at the heart of Babylonian attempts to understand the motion and phenomena of the sun, moon and planets.

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


Anthony Payne at Eighty

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Concert introduction and interview, conducted by Prof Jeremy Dibble, with Anthony Payne (Honorary DMus Dunelm 2007).
Primrose Piano Quartet
Robert Schumann – Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 47
Anthony Payne – Piano Quartet
Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet no.1 in g minor, op. 25
Susanne Stanzeleit – violin
Dorothea Vogel – viola
Andrew Fuller – cello
John Thwaites – piano

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Thursday 3 November 2016

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Weight Problems: an Enquiry into Scales and Justice (Professor Massimo Leone, University of Turin, Italy)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Dining Hall, St Cuthbert's Society, Durham

In 1901, Dr. Duncan “Om” MacDougall (c. 1866 – October 15, 1920), a physician from Haverhill, Massachusetts, devised an experiment to ‘determine’ the weight of the soul. He weighed six terminally ill patients just before death, and then he measured again immediately after they had deceased. He found that each of the patients had lost exactly 21 grams after passing away. He repeated the experiment with fifteen dogs, finding out that they would lose no weight through death. He therefore deduced that the human soul must weigh 21 grams.

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


Friday 4 November 2016

Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary Conference - Intangible Heritage

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

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

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


Public Lecture by Dr Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

5:00pm to 6:30pm, Science Site, Durham University

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova is at the forefront of the promotion of World Heritage. This year Durham World Heritage Site celebrates the 30th anniversary of its inscription, and we are delighted to welcome Dr Bokova as part of those celebrations.

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


Somme100 with Durham University Orchestral Society

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre

Somme100 FILM is an international project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The aim is to bring together 100 live orchestral performances of the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme with composer Laura Rossi’s acclaimed score, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum.

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Saturday 5 November 2016

Fantastic Friends

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

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, ‘Hearing Voices’ and create your own personal mascot.All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Public Lecture - John Grundy

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

Local architectural historian and television presenter John Grundy will deliver a lecture as part of the Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary series of events. The lecture will follow a two day conference, but is open to the public.

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


Monday 7 November 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Friday 11 November 2016

Durham Opera Ensemble Michaelmas Show

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

Durham Opera Ensemble (DOE) return to the Castle Great Hall for their first production of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 12 November 2016

Worry Dolls

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

Create your own worry doll and tell them all your secrets. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Durham Opera Ensemble Michaelmas Show

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

Durham Opera Ensemble (DOE) return to the Castle Great Hall for their first production of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 14 November 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Wednesday 16 November 2016

Migration, Religious Security, and Public Schooling

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education

The School of Education welcomes Dr Bruce Collet to the seminar series. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

Bruce Collet is an Associate Professor in the Social Foundations of Education at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His main research interest concerns migration, religion and schooling in liberal democratic states.

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


The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps with dubb and DUCB

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps featuring Durham University Brass Band and Durham University Concert Band. Following an afternoon of workshops, come along to a toe-tapping evening of music including band classics, cheesy show tunes, and pop arrangements. Each band will present a short programme before coming together for a massed bands spectacular.

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Friday 18 November 2016

Being Human: a festival of humanities - Public Lecture - Time-reckoning, Astronomy and Easter in the Middle Ages (Dr Philipp Nothaft, All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK)

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Chapter House, Durham Cathedral, Durham

We are very pleased to give details of the Durham University contribution to the Being Human Festival of Humanities 2016. The Festival is the only UK Festival of Humanities, and showcases the central role of humanities in contemporary research, its interaction with science, social science, and the multitude of exciting, creative, and stimulating projects being undertaken.

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


Saturday 19 November 2016

Being Human: a festival of humanities - Public Engagement Activities

11:00am to 6:00pm, Pemberton Lecture Rooms, Palace Green, Durham

We are very pleased to give details of the Durham University contribution to the Being Human Festival of Humanities 2016. The Festival is the only UK Festival of Humanities, and showcases the central role of humanities in contemporary research, its interaction with science, social science, and the multitude of exciting, creative, and stimulating projects being undertaken.

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


Northern Poets

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

Create your own ‘cut-up’ poems inspired by the poetry of the first world war. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Durham Singers: Messiah

7:00pm to 10:05pm, Durham Cathedral

Handel's great oratorio, one of the best-loved works in the English choral repertoire, performed in Durham Cathedral with period instruments and Samling soloists.

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


Monday 21 November 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Hatfield Evensong

5:15pm to 6:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Hatfield College Evensong in Durham Cathedral.

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Dunelm Consort: Music from the English Reformation

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Cathedral Chapter House

For their first concert of the year, the Dunelm Consort separates from its accompanying Players to present a programme of music from before and after the English Reformation in the perfect surroundings of Durham Cathedral’s Chapter House.

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Tuesday 22 November 2016

Joint Ushaw Lecture Series and IMEMS Lecture: Professor Anne Thayer

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Professor Anne Thayer (Lancaster) - Monks Books: Windows on Religious Life in Early Sixteenth Century England. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


IAS 1: John Snijders and Morton Feldman

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Music Department

Morton Feldman (1926-1987) – Triadic Memories (1981) (90 minutes)

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Understanding the validity of data: a knowledge-based network underlying research expertise in scientific disciplines

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED130, School of Education

This talk considers what might be taught to meet a widely held curriculum aim of students being able to understand research practice in a discipline. Led by Ros Roberts, from the School of Education, the seminar is open to everyone and booking is not required.

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


Saturday 26 November 2016

Soothing Stress Balls

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

Have you ever felt stressed? Come and make and decorate your very own stress ball. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Orchestra Society: Chamber Orchestra

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

Save the date for the first DUOS concert of the year in Castle Great Hall conducted by John Reddel.

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Monday 28 November 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Friday 2 December 2016

Classical Ensemble Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Music Department

Save the date for the first Classical Ensemble concert of the year.

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Saturday 3 December 2016

Orchestral Society: Symphony Orchestra

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Elvet Methodist Church

Save the date for the Orchestral Society Symphony orchestra concert in Elvet Methodist Church.

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Sunday 4 December 2016

Hatfield Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Hatfield Dining Hall

Join the Chapel Choir of Hatfield College for a Christmas Concert of all your Christmas favourites. The women of the choir will join with Sophie Rudge on harp for Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, before the full choir sings a mix of well-known pieces, including Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and we are delighted to welcome back choir alumnus Tom Rowarth as the soloist. The concert is part of the choir’s ongoing fundraising efforts for their choir tour to Canada in March and April 2017.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Friday 9 December 2016

Chamber Choir Christmas Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm, St Margaret's Church, 66 Crossgate, Durham

The Durham University Chamber Choir warmly invites you to their first concert of the year, singing a variety of seasonal repertoire including a specially commissioned piece by Danny Purtell. The choir is a competitively auditioned ensemble receiving regular praise for their unity of sound and musicality. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about the choir, please visit www.duchamberchoir.org

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Saturday 10 December 2016

Voicing the Spirit

7:30pm to 9:00pm, TBC

Durham University Choral Society’s Michaelmas concert will include three major works; David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, Michael Tippett’s 5 Negro Spirituals from A Child of Our Time, and Will Todd’s Mass in Blue. We look forward to performing this engaging selection linking the ideas of music for protest and freeing the voices of the vulnerable and oppressed through song.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 11 December 2016

DUPO Michaelmas Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Town Hall

Save the date for the first Palatinate Orchestra concert of the year, conducted by Adam Laughton.

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Monday 12 December 2016

Carol Service

7:00pm to 9:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Durham Inter Collegiate Christian Union present their annual Cathedral Carol Service, with Music from the University Choral Society and Gospel Choir. We will be joined by Glen Scrivener, a minister from a church in Eastbourne. After the service there will be a chance to chat over a minced pie and mulled wine. The Carol Service is certainly the largest in Durham and is perhaps one of the biggest in England! So we would love it if you could join us on the 12th December.

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In Nomine

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Fretwork [viol consort]. The programme includes works by: John Taverner, Christopher Tye, Robert Parsons, William Byrd, Picforth, Orlando Gibbons, Nico Muhly, William Lawes, Gavin Bryars and Henry Purcell, Asako Morikawa, Reiko Ichise, Emily Ashton, Sam Stadlen & Richard Boothby.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 13 December 2016

Christmas Concert: DUOS, Chamber Choir and Northern Lights

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Town Hall

Following the huge success of Durham Actually, the first joint Christmas concert, the Chamber Choir, Orchestral Society and Northern Lights come together again in Durham’s beautiful Town Hall.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 14 December 2016

Brass Band Christmas

7:30pm to 10:00pm, TBC

Save the date for dubb’s (Durham University Brass Band) Christmas concert, this year featuring St Chad’s Chapel Choir.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 4 January 2017

QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2017

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

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

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


Saturday 28 January 2017

Defiant Requiem – Verdi at Terezin

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Featuring Durham Choral Society and a collection of players from Durham University Orchestral Society this is a magnificent event in Durham Cathedral.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 30 January 2017

Winter School - Health in All Policies: Making it Work in Practice

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

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

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


Tuesday 31 January 2017

The Ascent of Song: the first million years

7:30pm to 10:00pm

The Clerks (vocal sextet)
The programme includes:
Medieval chants, songs and carols
Renaissance polyphony by Johannes Ockeghem, Giaches de Wert
Madrigals by Thomas Tomkins and Thomas Morley
New work by Christopher Fox

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


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