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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 19 October 2018

Curious About Durham?

10:00am to 5:35pm, Durham City Centre, starts Durham Cathedral

Explore, Discover & Enjoy Durham with two unique heritage walks, with an optional treasure hunt.
Are you curious about Durham? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Durham an intriguing place to explore!

Contact sue.jennings@curiousabout.co.uk for more information about this event.


Hidden Women

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

New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum

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


Scaling the Heights

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

An exhibition by artists Stephen, Margaret and Kate Livingstone, working with Dr. Abbie Garrington of Durham University, to recreate heroic Himalayan mountain climbs in miniature using vintage Action Men figures.

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


Shattering Perceptions: The Women of Archaeology

10:00am to 4:45pm, Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library

A temporary exhibition exploring the diverse achievements of women in archaeology

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


Aaron

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House, Durham

You turn eighteen and life seems full of possibilities. It stretches out like an endless road ahead of you. For some, their life has just two paths. Aaron, explores the life through the eyes of an eighteen-year-old boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome, to show that nothing is as simple as it seems.


Saturday 20 October 2018

Teikyo Festival

10:00am to 4:00pm, Teikyo University and Oriental Museum

Come along and celebrate all things Japanese. Our neighbours, Teikyo University of Japan, are celebrating their annual festival today. To mark the occasion entry to the Oriental Museum will be free all day and open from 10am.

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


UK Electricity System: The future ain't what it used to be

10:30am to 12:00pm, Calman Learning Centre, Lower Mountjoy

Saturday morning science
Professor Simon Hogg, Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy, Head of the Department of Engineering.
Electric power generation is changing globally driven by carbon reduction targets to safe-guard the environment and the need for security of supply at affordable prices. For the UK this has led to the retirement of most of our coal-fired power plants and the exponential growth in wind power seen in recent years. This lecture will provide an overview of the conventional and renewable generating technologies that are currently contributing to supplying the UK National Grid, how this mix is expected to change over the next decade and the challenges that need to be overcome in order to deliver this.


Playing with Time Exhibition

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

Encompassing three interactive, kinetic and optical sculptural objects, this installation in our Malcolm MacDonald Gallery aims to engage families and independent adults with complex ideas relating to the physics and philosophy of time, through an exhibition of playful and accessible artworks.

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


Zingy Zen

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

Explore Japanese culture by making a mini zen garden and visiting the Teikyo Festival. Crafts for children.

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


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.
Tours will be available today at 1.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Sunday 21 October 2018

Stephenson College - Open House

10:00am to 12:00pm, Stephenson College, Howlands Farm, SOuth Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Stephenson College staff and students are extending a hand of friendship to those who would like to get to know them better. The College is inviting neighbours to join their postgraduates for Sunday Brunch. The aim is to offer staff and students the opportunity to meet their neighbours and members of the local community, to learn more about the city and share information about the college, it's events and activities.

To book (limited numbers and for catering purposes) please contact Stephenson.enquiries@durham.ac.uk .

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


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. Tours will be available today at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest in Historical Perspective

2:15pm to 4:00pm, Holgate House, Grey College

Christian Liddy, Director of Research in the Department of History, will give this public talk.The history of the two charters is closely connected, but the Charter of the Forest is much less well-known. This public lecture explores the meaning and continuing significance of the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest.
This is a free event and all are welcome - no need to book

Contact secretary@greyscr.co.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 23 October 2018

Celebrate Science 2018

10:00am to 4:00pm, Celebrate Science Marquee, Palace Green

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October
The FREE, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term!
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Visit the Celebrate Science Webpages for details of all the exciting events and activities taking place!


Wednesday 24 October 2018

Celebrate Science - Sundial event

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

Ever wondered how ancient people told the time? Make a sundial and find out. Children's crafts.

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


Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

2:30pm, 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.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Raising Lazurus or raising Cain? The vocation of the Church in contemporary Britain

6:15pm to 7:30pm, Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral.

Hensley Henson Public Lecture on the Church in Politics
Rev. Lucy Winkett, rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly, and a regular contributor to the 'Thought for the Day' slot on the Today programme (Radio 4). will deliver this lecture commemorating one of the most outspoken bishops in the modern Church of England, Herbert Hensley Henson.

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


A conversation with Lionel Shriver

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle, University College
Durham Castle Lecture Series Join us for a conversation between Lionel Shriver and Dr Eva-Maria Nag, editor of Global Policy. An exploration of Lionel's work and career, this event will also give the opportunity for the audience to pose questions to the well-known novelist.

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


Thursday 25 October 2018

Boundaries and Beyond – Expanding the World Heritage Site

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Room PG21, Pemberton Building, Palace Green

In this fascinating lecture Michael Hurlow will be providing a review of progress on expanding the World Heritage Site boundaries and how this might be achieved. He will also offer some insights into how the project has evolved and some personal reflections on the process.

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


Friday 26 October 2018

Autism friendly activities: Jaws!

10:30am to 12:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Children with autism, learning or sensory impairments and their families can take part in our quiet-time craft activities.

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


Jaws!

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

The Ancient Egyptians were terrified of hippos. See the huge hippo jaw on display and make a hippo puppet. Children's crafts.

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


Saturday 27 October 2018

Glass art

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

See a 1,000 year old glass bottle from Syria and paint your own glass jar to take home, in today's children's craft activity.

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


Tuesday 30 October 2018

Boxing: Aesthetics, Semiology and Visual Culture

6:15pm to 7:15pm, ED101, School of Education, Durham University
Professor David Scott (Trinity College Dublin)
This lecture investigates the dynamics of fist and the space of boxing ring as aesthetic paradigms in the modern period, focusing on early C20 art, especially the Futurist theorization of absolute and relative motion: two types of dynamism.

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


Félix Rabin - Special Guest on Wishbone Ash XLIX UK Tour

7:30pm to 11:00pm, Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL

French 23 year old singer-songwriter and great guitarist

Contact box.office@arconline.co.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 31 October 2018

Body Practice on the Inside

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

Dr Tamara Kohn (University of Melbourne)
This talk draws from extensive personal correspondences with individual male African American long-term prisoners on Death Row and Life without Parole in the US to present ‘inside views’ on how personal growth is possible in an institution of omnipresent human decay.

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


Thursday 1 November 2018

Hild Bede Theatre Presents: Daisy Pulls it Off

7:30pm to 7:30pm, Caedmon Hall, College of St Hild and St Bede

Daisy Meredith is the first scholarship student to attend the Grangewood School for Girls but the privileged students are determined to make her look bad in the eyes of the administration. Assisted by her new best friend, Daisy finds herself caught up in a series of adventures including the search for missing “Beaumont Treasure”. Can she work out the mysterious clues and save the school from closure?

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


Tuesday 6 November 2018

Air Quality Measurement for Everyone: Sensors, systems and networks that democratize air quality measurement

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sheraton Park, Ustinov College

Professor David Williams (University of Auckland)
You can’t see, taste, touch or feel it but what’s in the air you breathe can profoundly affect your life.

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


Friday 9 November 2018

Diwali - special late night opening

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

This November come and celebrate the much loved Hindu festival of Diwali at the Oriental Museum!
The Museum will be decorated in spectacular style with diyas, flowers and lanterns made by the community, and the first 100 children will receive a free flower garland.
Entry is £2 per person. Under 2s go free. No booking required. All welcome.

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


Saturday 10 November 2018

Let's make education fairer

11:00am to 2:00pm, Durham City Marriott Hotel

Come along to this event and learn about the findings of three new research studies that suggest ways to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged students at school and beyond, and increase the supply of high-quality teachers to areas of high demand.

Contact s.a.c.gorard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Go Go Go!

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Room EH009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum

We've teamed up with Durham Go Club for a special afternoon of board game fun. With expert tutors, learn how to play the ancient Chinese game of Go, and pick up a free Go set to take home (while stocks last).
Suitable for all age 8 and over.

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


Sunday 11 November 2018

Remembrance Day Service

10:15am to 12:00pm, Durham Cathedral

University staff are invited to attend the Remembrance Service which is held annually in Durham Cathedral to remember those killed in both world wars and later conflicts.

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


Tuesday 13 November 2018

'Rethinking Commensality: The sensory politics of eating together in contemporary times

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Dining Hall, St Cuthbert's Society, 12 South Bailey

St Cuthbert's Society IAS Fellows' Lecture
In this talk, Professor David Sutton will explore the venerable topic of commensality, or eating at shared table, and suggests that it needs a reconsideration. This publis lecture is free and open to all.

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


Thursday 15 November 2018

Principles of conservative evolution or the boundaries of our freedom

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

Professor Boris Snopok (Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
In this lecture, Professor Snopok considers one of the most general models of the evolution of complex systems having simple analytic form, expressed in a stretched exponential function.
This lecture is free and open to all.

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


'Sea Wall' by Simon Stephens

7:00pm, Alington House

Letterbox Productions presents 'Sea Wall' by Simon Stephens.
Things for Alex are good. He loves his wife, his daughter, his city, his job. But sometimes the force of life can crash against you. Sometimes everything you thought you could always depend on can be taken away.

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


'Dracula'

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Norman Chapel, Durham Castle

Castle Theatre Company presents an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 'Dracula' in the atmospheric surroundings of Durham Castle's Norman Chapel.
As Jonathan Harker travels from London to visit the mysterious Count Dracula at his castle in Transylvania, he is warned of the evil and darkness that surrounds the Count.

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


Friday 16 November 2018

Islamophobia and the Struggle for Recognition.

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Elvet Riverside, Room 201
St Cuthbert's Society Annual Fellows' Lecture
Professor Tariq Modood makes a multiculturalist plea for studying Islamophobia (and groups negatively perceived from the outside, generally) within a normative framework which priorities groups fighting outsider perceptions by boosting insider identifications (‘the struggle for recognition’

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


Durham Opera Ensemble Present 'A Traveller's Tale'

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Castle, Great Hall

Travel the world with DOE.
Durham Opera Ensemble's first term show takes iconic scenes from operas set across the globe, and ties them together in a love story which will pull at your heartstrings and make you cry with joy.

Contact eloise.m.page@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 November 2018

Traditional Crafts' Weekend

10:00am to 3:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden.

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


Meet a Sikh

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

Chat to members of the local Sikh community and get hands on with Sikh objects. Find out about the religions of the world with our new gallery trail. This activity is being held to support Inter Faith Week. Suitable for all ages.

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


Thursday 22 November 2018

Everest: Climbers’ Challenge or Commercial Venture?

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

Professor Peter H. Hansen, (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
This presentation examines the integral role that commercialization has played throughout the history of Chomolungma/Everest to highlight distinctive features in these more recent debates.
This lecture is free and open to all

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


Hild Bede Theatre Presents: 'Love and Information'

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Caedmon Hall, College of St Hild and St Bede

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before.
In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.

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


Saturday 24 November 2018

Scary Scarabs

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

Find out why the Ancient Egyptians were fascinated by scarab beetles and make a scarab pendant to wear. Children's craft activities.

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


Sunday 25 November 2018

Founders and Benefactors Service

3:30pm to 5:00pm, Durham Cathedral

University staff are invited to attend the annual service for the commemoration of Founders and Benefactors of the Cathedral Church, the University and the City.

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


Wednesday 28 November 2018

Transforming Higher Education in the Post-Communist World

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED 134

A seminar from Professor Josef Jarab of Palacký University, ‎Czech Republic. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Saturday 1 December 2018

Etsy Made Local, Durham 2018

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN

Etsy Made Local Christmas Market returns to Durham 1st & 2nd December. Featuring local makers and crafts people.
Hosted by local team, Etsy Durham, 20+ local makers present their handmade bespoke and individual gifts, perfect for finding that individual Christmas gift! Entrance to the event is free :)

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


The Art of Japanese Urushi Lacquer

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Join us for this creative workshop led by artist / maker Suzanne Ross.
The sap of the urushi tree has been used by Japanese craftspeople for over 9000 years. This beautiful and versatile material forms the basis of Japanese lacquerware.

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


Happy Horses

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

Spot the Chinese horses on display and make your own super stallion to take home. Crafts for children.

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


Tuesday 4 December 2018

Full Score Michaelmas Concert

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

Full Score, Durham's only Barbershop Harmony Choir, are performing their first concert of the year.
Featuring selections of Musical Theatre, jazz standards, and Christmas songs (just to name a few!) there is set to be something for everyone!
Tickets can be purchased via the Music Durham website.

Contact rebecca.l.brookes2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 6 December 2018

What is statistical learning and how does it relate to language acquisition in typically developing children and those with developmental disabilities?

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sheraton Park, Ustinov College

Dr Joanne Arciuli (The University of Sydney) will discuss these issues and conclude with recommendations for how we might progress research in this area, one that is of great interest to researchers, clinicians, and educators who work with language learners.
This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Hild Bede Theatre Presents: 'Every Brilliant Thing'

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Cafedral, Durham

A play about celebrating all that life has to offer and the lengths we go to for those we love.
Based on true and untrue stories, it is both hilarious and heart wrenching. A New York Critics pick, this one person show is filled to the brim with joy and life affirming positivity

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


Saturday 8 December 2018

Dementia-friendly touch tour: there's no place like home

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

A special touch tour event for visitors with dementia and their caregivers. Visitors with dementia and their caregivers are invited to a sensory touch tour. Explore objects all related to houses and homes. The event is free of charge, however booking is essential.

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


Mighty Mountain Zines

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

See our exhibition, Scaling the Heights, and make your own fabulous maga-ZINE. Collage, print, paint and craft your way to the summit and create your own piece of artwork. Children's crafts.

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


Monday 10 December 2018

The Strange and Prophetic Observations of Hootum the Owl : colonial modernity and the making of the post modern novel in India

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sports Hall, Josephine Butler College
IAS Public Lecture Professor Sambudha Sen (Shiv Nadar University)argues that in the very process of drawing on the politics culture and language of England, Hootum showed the limitations of “realism” – the literary form thought in England and

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


Saturday 15 December 2018

Slithery snakes

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

See our Japanese iron snake and make your own slithery creature. Children's crafts.

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


Saturday 5 January 2019

Durham Singers - Bach: Christmas Oratorio

7:00pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Cantatas I, II, IV and VI from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, performed by the Durham Singers in Durham Cathedral with Samling soloists and period instrument orchestra.

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