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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 3 December 2016

‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

19 November - 26 February 2016
Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm, 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.


Woodplayers presents: Arcadia

7:30pm, Collingwood College

Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’ is more than just a comedy. Set in Sidley Park, an English country house, it tells the story of two different time periods. In 1809, there is the sexual predator, Septimus Hodge, who is tutor to child genius, Thomasina, with her mother the flamboyant Lady Croom, and the bumbling Mr Chater. In the present day, two academics strive to unravel the truth about the past household.

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


Fortnight Theatre presents 'The Seagull' by Anton Chekhov

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 December
The Seagull is a hugely influential piece of writing, the initial performance of the play at the Moscow School of Art has since drastically altered the way that plays are performed and is seen as one of the first examples of the naturalistic form of acting which has become so commonplace today. Unrequited love, the pitfalls of fame, the perfectionism of the artist and a dead seagull are just some of the themes dealt with in this play. The Seagull never fails to make audiences laugh, cry and be horrified.

Contact katie@fortnight-theatre.co.uk for more information about this event.


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

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

14 October 2016 - 30 March 2017
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.


Durham City Traditional Christmas Festival 2016

10:10am to 4:00pm, Durham City

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December
Durham's Award-Winning Traditional Christmas Festival returns for three days, with a wide range of festive entertainment for all the family in and around the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral and the Castle and throughout the City Centre.


Unhomely Objects

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

14 November to 18 December 2016
An installation within the Rutt Gallery by Korean glass artist Kee Ryong Choi who has lived in the UK for ten years. His work explores the idea of what he terms ‘unhomeliness’, a sense of not belonging within either Korean or British culture. Choi’s works will be set within the context of the Korean collections at the Oriental Museum to create a pseudo Korean-British/ British-Korean installation that does not easily fit into either Korean or British visual culture but combines elements of both.

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


'A Forgotten Campaign'

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

11 November 2016 - 30 March 2017.
An exhibition on the Anglo-Egyptian Conquest of Darfur in World War I.
From the mid-seventeenth century, Darfur was an independent Muslim kingdom in what is now western Sudan, ruled by a hereditary line of Sultans. When the British invaded Sudan in 1898 they did not extend their conquest into Darfur. However by 1916 restless British officers and officials stationed in Sudan hungered to play their part in the Great War raging across Europe.

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


'Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration, and the Everyday'

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

5 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

This exhibition draws on the work of Hearing the Voice, a large interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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


Saturday Morning Physics!

10:30am to 12:30pm, Rochester Building, PH8

Aimed at high school students and adults interested in Modern Physics. Some of the department's world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break.
All welcome, no need to pre-book!


Magnificent Moon Jars

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

Take a look at our beautiful Korean moon jar, then sculpt your own from clay. 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.


Christmas Crafts

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

Make a very special decoration to take home and hang on your tree. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated and are included in the Museum admission price. 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.


Christmas Castle Tour, 13.30 & 15.30pm

1:30pm to 3:30pm, Durham Castle

With the start of festive season and as part of the Winter Festival, enjoy a unique visit to Durham Castle. After a tour around Durham Castle, you have the opportunity to enjoy mince pies with mulled wine or hot chocolate in the Castle’s Senate Suite, surrounded by 17th Century Tapestries.

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


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.

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


Sunday 4 December 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.


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.


Monday 5 December 2016

Little Bookworms

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

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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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.


After School Tennis

4:00pm to 6:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

Tennis sessions for children aged 4-6 and 7-12 years old, held on a Monday evening at the University Sports Centre. Our coach will be Isabelle Hearnshaw, the University’s Tennis Co-ordinator & Development Officer. Izzy is a very experienced tennis player and coach and has also coached on our Tennis Summer camps.

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


Book Reading Event

5:00pm to 6:15pm, St Cuthbert's Catholic Chaplaincy, Old Elvet, Durham

An occasional book reading event organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies, Dept of Theology and Religion. Book Reading with Christopher Villiers: 'Sonnets from the Spirit'

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


SCA Volunteering's Jazz and Wine

8:00pm to 11:00pm, St Chad's Quad, St Chad's College

Like jazz? Like wine or non-alcoholic alternatives? This year SCA Volunteering's Christmas fundraiser is a fantastic evening of musical entertainment accompanied by drinks and a cheeseboard in St Chad's College for only £6!

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


Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wildcats Basketball Academy

5:00pm to 6:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE
Join Durham Wildcats for after school basketball sessions for school years 5 and 6, with the Durham Wildcats running weekly from Tuesday 11 October until 13 December. The sessions are run by qualified coaches from Durham University team and cost £3 per.
Please contact Jack at the email address below to book a place.

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


‘Inner speech and the voices within’

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

Hearing the Voice are delighted to invite you to our forthcoming events exploring the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underly voice hearing and other unusual experiences.

Contact htv.coordinator@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.


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – One Place, Two Ways of Seeing Its Beauty…or Not!

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

Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary Lecture Series
Michael Ridsdale, the Head of Landscape at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal World Heritage Site, will deliver this lecture.

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


Tales of Space and Time: H.G. Wells and Victorian time travel

6:15pm to 7:15pm, PG20, Pemberton Lecture Rooms, Palace Green.

150 years since the birth of H.G. Wells, a free public lecture will look back at this prominent novelist of the future. Join Professor Simon James for the latest talk in the Institute of Advanced Study’s lecture series, Time on a Human Scale.


Wednesday 7 December 2016

English as a Lingua Franca: A progression in attitudes towards the phenomenon experienced by English teachers in Germany

12:00pm to 1:00pm, ED134, School of Education

Presented by Ian Moore. "How Saudi Primary Teachers Use Interactive White Boards And What Are Their Training Needs?"

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


The Future of Learning

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education
Professor Sugata Mitra (Newcastle University). In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them.

Contact ed.finres@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.


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 8 December 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.


Unique opportunity to meet our local MPs

4:15pm to 5:30pm, Appleby Lecture Theatre - Geography

On 8 December the University is hosting a public Question and Answer session, open to all, with Iain Wright (MP for Hartlepool) and Roberta Blackman Woods (MP for Durham Central). This is a unique opportunity to speak to both to find out more about life as an MP and the work of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee, which is Chaired by Iain Wright MP and is visiting Durham on the same day.

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


Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality - A Public Lecture with Dr Michael Flood

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Sir Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre (CLC013), Calman Learning Centre, Durham University Science Site

Dr Michael Flood, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities at the University of Wollongong in Australia, will be visiting the Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) in December. He will give a public lecture on his research around engaging men in preventing violence against women, and working with women to create a world of gender justice.

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


Wildcats Basketball Academy (Years 7-13)

5:00pm to 6:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

Game sessions for school years 7 to 13 at the University Sports Centre. Weekly basketball sessions for anyone in school year 7 and above, whether you're interested in coming along to learn some new skills or improve your competitive performance!

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


The predictive brain

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Dr Peter Moseley (Postdoctoral Research Associate in Psychology, Hearing the Voice) and Dr Sam Wilkinson (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy, Hearing the Voice) explore how the predictive processing framework can lead to a better understanding of hearing voices and other unusual experiences.

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


Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion

6:30pm to 8:15pm, EH009, Elvet Hill House and the Oriental Museum galleries

Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Originally a practical piece of dress, during the Edo Period (1615-1868) these carvings evolved into an important art form in Japan.
A talk by British Museum Curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere followed by a preview of the exhibition. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2016/17 series.

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


Ustinov College Race, Crime and Justice presents: Xenophobic Britain? An exploration of Brexit and implications for harmonious citizenship

6:30pm to 7:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

The UK's decision to leave the EU was the result of a democratic voting process. But for many British people, there seemed to be more at stake than issues of trade and sovereignty.

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


Friday 9 December 2016

Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion

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

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories.

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


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.


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

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


Saturday 10 December 2016

Saturday Morning Physics!

10:30am to 12:30pm, Rochester Building, PH8

Aimed at high school students and adults interested in Modern Physics. Some of the department's world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. All welcome, no need to pre-book!


Dressed to Impress

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

Celebrate the opening of our new Japanese 'Dressed to Impress' exhibition by dressing up in a kimono and creating your own drawstring purse 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.


Festive Cards

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

With Christmas fast approaching, what better way to send season’s greetings than with a festive card? 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.


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.

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


Monday 12 December 2016

Little Bookworms

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

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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!

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


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.

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


Musicon Concert Series

8:00pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle

Please note starting time of this concert is 8pm.

In Nomine

Fretwork

This year Fretwork celebrate 30 years of performing music old and new, and look forward to a challenging and exciting future as the world's leading consort of viols.
Asako Morikawa – viol, Reiko Ichise – viol, Emily Ashton – viol, Sam Stadlen – viol, Richard Boothby – viol.

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


Tuesday 13 December 2016

Ushaw Lecture and Christmas Carol Service

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

Bennett Zon (Durham) - 'O Come All Ye Faithful': A Musical Mystery Tour, followed by the Ushaw Christmas Carol Service. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm; Carol Service 7.30pm

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


Early photographs of Simla

6:00pm to 8:00pm, EH009, Elvet Hill House

A brief overview of Simla; as seen through the eyes of some of the first photographers, professional and amateur, to have worked there.

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


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

Guided Tour - Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday

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

In these events, you can enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition to learn about some of the research behind the highlights and the making of some of the displays. All guided tours are followed in the Palace Green Library Cafe by a networking event for voice-hearers, their families and carers, a discussion event, and a film screening at Durham's Empty Shop.

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


Hearing Voices Networking Event

3:00pm to 4:30pm, Palace Green Library

We warmly welcome voice-hearers, their families and carers to a networking event at the Café in Palace Green Library, Durham. Taking place over tea, coffee and cake, this event will be a chance to meet other people who hear voices, share ideas and experiences and discuss ways to increase local sources of support for people who find their voices distressing.

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


‘Their voices made them do it? Media stereotypes, voice-hearing and violence

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Palace Green Library

When someone who hears voices commits a violent crime, it is often reported in the media as if the fact they heard voices is sufficient explanation. Is this true, or is there much more to the story?

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


A Christmas Carol

7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

When the miserly and curmudgeonly Scrooge refuses to indulge in the festive season, he is visited by three Christmas Spirits to be reminded of the perils of living without care for his fellow beings. Adapted for the stage from Charles Dickens’ timeless classic by Paul Sills.

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


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.


Saturday 17 December 2016

Christmas around the world

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

Find out how Christmas is celebrated around the world and make your own Christmas decorations 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.


Swirling snowflakes

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

Create your own snowflake decoration to hang in your window at home. 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.


Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Other Festive Music

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Elvet Methodist Church, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3EL

Christmas is a coming, and so is the Durham Choral Society annual charity concert. We have a bit of a departure this year and will be performing Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols as well as better known carols. It was originally scored for three-part treble, solos and harp and then arranged for 4 voice parts which opened it up to choirs with the traditional soprano, alto, tenor, bass mix. We will be joined by Durham County Youth Choir and as ever, there will be a bit of audience participation.

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


Monday 19 December 2016

Little Bookworms

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

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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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.


Tuesday 20 December 2016

Christmas Cricket Camp

10:00am to 3:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

Christmas has come early - join our first ever Junior Christmas Cricket Camp! The junior camps target beginners and also those playing up to the U-12's age harnessing their love for the game in a safe fun environment, developing their skills and awareness through various games and activities.<br.

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


Wednesday 21 December 2016

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 11:15am, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 10.15am and 11.15am.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk 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 7 January 2017

New Year’s Fireworks

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

Celebrate 2017 by making fabulous firework pictures to welcome back family activities for the new year. 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.


Monday 9 January 2017

Little Bookworms

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

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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Tuesday 10 January 2017

On Loving a Town: Sense, Sensibility, and the Stimulations of Shimla

6:00pm to 8:00pm, EH009, Elvet Hill House, Durham

A lecture by Siddharth Pandey, academic, photographer and co-curator of the exhibition 'In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla' currently on display at the Oriental Museum.

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


Saturday 14 January 2017

Local Poems

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

Create poems about where you live inspired by the poetry from Durham and the North East. 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.


Monday 16 January 2017

Little Bookworms

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

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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Wednesday 18 January 2017

Guided Tour - Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday

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

In these events, you can enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition to learn about some of the research behind the highlights and the making of some of the displays. All guided tours are followed in the Palace Green Library Cafe by a networking event for voice-hearers, their families and carers, a discussion event, and a film screening at Durham's Empty Shop.

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


Thursday 19 January 2017

The Annual E.J. Lowe Lecture Series

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University,

In memory and acknowledgement of E.J. (Jonathan) Lowe's contribution to philosophy, Durham Philosophy Department has introduced a lecture series in his name.

Contact f.o.c.pearson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 23 January 2017

Little Bookworms

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

With 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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Tuesday 24 January 2017

On Arts and Artefacts

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham
Ushaw Lecture Series and MLAC Lecture
Dr Carol Richardson (Edinburgh) will deliver this public lecture. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm

Contact hannah.thomas2@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

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.


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.


Friday 3 February 2017

Dunelm Consort and Players: Coronation Anthems

8:00pm to 9:30pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

Join the Dunelm Consort and Players for their second concert of the year, exploring music written for British coronations.

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


Saturday 4 February 2017

North East Festival of Youth Choirs

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

The North East Festival of Youth Choirs concludes the first ever week long Vocal festival in Durham (28th Jan – 4th February), events are currently being confirmed but will include:
•UK Premiere of Defiant requiem: Verdi at Terezin http://www.defiantrequiem.org/
•Come and Sing Mass in Blue Will Todd
•North East Festival of Youth Choirs
•North East Key Stage 2 Choir of Year
•National Youth Choirs fellowship singers – Education Workshops and Performance.

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


TriUni: Massed Bands Concert

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

A collaborative concert with the brass bands of Durham, Leeds and Warwick Universities plus massed bands to finish.

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


Friday 17 February 2017

DOE in the Gala Theatre

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

Durham Opera Ensemble are proud to present Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. This is a brilliant adaptation of the Shakespearean comic classic. Britten’s beguiling composition is the perfect accompaniment to the tumultuous text.

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


Saturday 18 February 2017

DOE in the Gala Theatre

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

Join Durham’s finest opera ensemble, accompanied by players from DUOS for their annual opera in the Gala theatre. Durham Opera Ensemble are proud to present Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. This is a brilliant adaptation of the Shakespearean comic classic. Britten’s beguiling composition is the perfect accompaniment to the tumultuous text.

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


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