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What's On

Family and Community

Whether you choose to visit a museum, stroll in the Botanic Garden, attend a lecture, view an exhibition, see a play or live musical performace, there is always something to see and do in and around the University. Our busy programme of activities and events offers a great range of things to enjoy for all the family.

Saturday 29 August 2015

'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.


A Paragon of Chivalry

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

24 August - 20 September
An exhibition 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.


Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt

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

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

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


Pilgrimage: Pathways to Enlightenment

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

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tuesday 1 September 2015

Exterior of Durham Castle

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 10.15am, 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.


Victorian Vikings and the World of Saga Tourism

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Alington House

Late Summer Lecture Series 2015
Speaker: Thomas Spray (Durham University)
This third lecture in the Late Summer Lectures series will explore how nineteenth-century literary tourists encountered the history and writing of Iceland, setting the stage for modern sagas such as Game of Thrones.

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


‘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.


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.


Wednesday 9 September 2015

T.S. Eliot and the Anthropology of the Primitive

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Alington House

Late Summer Lecture Series 2015
Speaker: Duygu Senocak (Durham University)
The fourth lecture in our series of Late Summer Lectures looks at the sources and methods used by the poet T.S. Eliot, in his epic modernist work, The Waste Land.

Contact alistair.brown@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.


Wednesday 16 September 2015

Old English Riddles and The Dream of the Rood

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Alington House

Late Summer Lecture Series 2015
Speaker: Michael Baker (Durham University)
The fifth Late Summer Lecture examines the intriguing Old English poem, 'The Dream of the Rood', which combines a representation of the biblical Christ with the ethos of the Anglo-Saxon warrior.

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


Saturday 19 September 2015

Stone Age Life

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September
Have a go at making a mini stone age house – you could even add some mini animals!

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


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.


Wednesday 23 September 2015

Making the Invisible Visible

3:00pm to 6:25pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede
This event marks the Durham launch of Life of Breath, a bold interdisciplinary project in collaboration with the University of Bristol and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Life of Breath will explore historical, philosophical, cultural and anthropological aspects of breathing and breathlessness with the aim of informing and improving clinical practice.

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


A Literary History of Chocolate

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Alington House

Late Summer Lecture Series 2015
Speakers: Nicoletta Asciutto and Amy Smith (Durham University)
The editors of The Literary Kitchen blog will indulge audiences of the sixth Late Summer Lecture, who will be invited to sample the ways in which chocolate has been represented in literature.
'Chocolate is...the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.' - Justus von Liebig

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


Friday 25 September 2015

Heidegger and Science: Contemporary Dialogues in the Philosophy of Science

Until 12:00am, Leech Hall, St John's College
The aim of this workshop is to critically assess the significance of Heidegger's thought for contemporary philosophy of science.


Saturday 26 September 2015

Sculpt away!

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September
Be inspired by our amazing Roman stones and carve your own into soap.

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


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.


Tuesday 29 September 2015

Book Club

5:00pm to 6:00pm, Palace Green Library

We read books based around Palace Green Library's exhibitions. To join the Book Club, email us to be added to the Book Club mailing list. Alternatively, information is at our reception desk and we can contact you via telephone or post.

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


Wednesday 30 September 2015

'Your New Hospital for the Intellectuals': The Literary Salon as an Alternative Space for War

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Alington House

Late Summer Lecture Series 2015
Speaker: Katherine Cooper (Newcastle University)
The seventh Late Summer Lecture takes us inside the drawing and dining rooms of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. Salons provided a space where writers, especially those in exile, could celebrate their country's culture or criticise fascist regimes back home.

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


Saturday 3 October 2015

Colourful Ceramics

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 October
Take inspiration from our archaeology collections and make your own ceramic tile to take home.

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


Monday 5 October 2015

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. The group meets weekly at 10am on Mondays.

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


Tuesday 6 October 2015

Durham Book Festival 2015

Various venues across Durham

Tuesday 6 - Saturday 17 October
From politics to poetry, fiction to feminism, the Durham Book Festival welcomes a host of writers and events for reader of all ages this October.
Durham University is a partner in the festival and has invited award-winning poet Sinead Morrisey to be this year’s Festival Laureate.


Wednesday 7 October 2015

Knights at the Movies: Reformulating Fellowship in Film Adaptations of Chivalric Communities

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Alington House

Late Summer Lecture Series 2015
Speaker: Colin Davey (Durham University)
The eighth and final Late Summer Lecture of the 2015 series will show how the medieval notion of fellowship is depicted in modern movies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Lord of the Rings.

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


'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 10 October 2015

Groovy Greeks

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 October
Find out more about the Greek Theatre by making a Greek style theatre mask. Which character will you be?

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


Saturday 17 October 2015

Antarctic Winter at Palace Green Library

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

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


Perky Penguins

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 October
Be inspired by our new exhibition and create a model of a penguin.

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


Saturday 24 October 2015

Sea Life Scene

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October
Find out about Antarctic sea life and create your own underwater picture.

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


Tuesday 27 October 2015

Celebrate Science 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm, Marquee on Palace Green, Durham

Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 October
Our annual science festival Celebrate Science is back again this October galf half, with another 3 fun-packed and fascinating days of FREE children's events, activities, workshops and experiments celebrating science.
Visit the Celebrate Science marquee on Palace Green from 10am- 4pm daily.


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.


Friday 30 October 2015

Torchlit Tales for Museums at Night

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

To celebrate Museums at Night, join us for a special evening event where we explore the building by torchlight and listen to stories of adventure, discovery and heroism. Visitors will be taken on a journey through our galleries and into parts of the building not normally seen by the public so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk 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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