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Durham University

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.

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Prehistoric Pioneers: a journey through life in Bronze Age Britain

10:00am to 4:00pm, Museum of Archaeology

This exciting exhibition explores the daily lives of our prehistoric ancestors. Discover their pioneering inventions, and a never-before-seen Bronze Age hoard recently discovered in County Durham. Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. This exhibition gives a face to prehistoric people, and challenges the idea that these were ‘primitive’ cultures.

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


In Pursuit of Elegance: Chinese Jades from the Arnhold Collection

Oriental Museum

An exhibition celebrating the elegance of Ming and Qing dynasty Chinese jades from the Arnhold collection of Chinese art.

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


Things from Home

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

This installation of contemporary ceramics is inspired by the objects, landscapes and food that international students miss most when they are away from home. The works were created by award winning ceramic artist, Katrin Moye.

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


Homelands: Documenting Centuries of Cham Migration

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

Exhibition by photographer James Sebright on the lives and livelihoods of the Cham diaspora.

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


Thursday 22 August 2019

Tales From Around The World

11:00am to 3:00pm, Botanic Garden

Join story teller, Elizabeth Baker, for a story-walk around the gardens.

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


Friday 23 August 2019

Mighty Maces

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

Maces were used in Ancient Egypt as signs of power and authority. Make your very own stick of power! This activity is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years.

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


Saturday 24 August 2019

Traditional Crafts' Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden

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.


Pesky Pests

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

Find out how museums protect their collections from hungry insects and make your own museum bug to take away. This activity is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years.

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


Who says 'Twit Twoo'?

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

One of the taxidermy animals in our current exhibition is an owl! We would like you to create a Twit Twooing owl covered in beautiful feathers to take away with you. Which other birds can you see in our exhibition?

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


Tuesday 27 August 2019

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

11:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle this August and explore Durham Castle at your own pace.

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


Rocking Recycling

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

We need to help conserve our world for all of the creatures living here. Use recycled materials to make your own creature inspired by one of the animals in our exhibition Wild! Make them as weird, wonderful and wild as can be!

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


Creative Writing Workshop at Crook Hall & Gardens: Writing Realistic Characters

3:00pm to 5:00pm, Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham

For complete beginners to wannabe writers who’ve already penned their own pieces, this workshop with writer Florianne Humphrey will help you learn new writing skills, share ideas, meet like-minded people, and fully appreciate the importance of creating realistic characters.

Contact flo.humphrey@hotmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 28 August 2019

Great Games: Go

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

Learn to play one of the most ancient board games in the world, at over 2500 years old, and still widely popular today. This activity is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years.

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


CAMRA Durham Annual Beer Festival 2019

4:00pm to 10:30pm, Durham City Rugby Club
Our annual beer festival returns!
Attendees can enjoy sampling 48 real ales, key keg ales and 8 real ciders/perries, in a vibrant festival atmosphere.

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


CAMRA Durham Beer Festival

4:00pm to 10:30pm, Durham City Rubgy Club, Hollow Drift, Green Lane, Durham, DH1 3JU

A celebration of real ale, real cider and key keg beers, at Durham Rugby Club.

Contact secretary@camradurham.org.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 29 August 2019

Stephenson College Walk

9:00am to 5:00pm, Broom Park

We would therefore like to invite you to join us for a walk again this year on Thursday 29 August 2019.

Having walked from Stockton to Durham last year we’ve decided to make a walk an annual event (and no we are not walking back to Stockton!)Please find below further information on arrangements for the day.

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


Friday 30 August 2019

Beautiful Bes Jars

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

Bes was the Ancient Egyptian God of children. Explore our Ancient Egyptian galleries and make your own Bes jar. This activity is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years.

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


Saturday 31 August 2019

Beautiful Bookmarks

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

Start back the school term in style with a beautiful bookmark. You can use our Wild Exhibition to help make a cheeky animal bookmark to remember the page in your favourite book.

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


Ker-ching

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

Check out our gold coins on display and design your own mega-money to take home. This activity is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years.

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


Friday 6 September 2019

Bat Tour of Durham Peninsula

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Palace Green Library, meet outside main entrance

Join Head of Conservation at Durham Wildlife Trust for a unique tour of the Durham peninsulas bat population

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


Saturday 7 September 2019

Super Stars

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

Check out our Chinese astronomical clock and make a super star decoration.

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


Sunday 8 September 2019

Durham Orchid Show

10:00am to 4:00pm, Josephine Butler College, next to the Botanic Garden

Enjoy displays from Orchid Societies and the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers.

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


Saturday 14 September 2019

Into the Afterlife

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

Find out about the Ancient Egyptian afterlife and make a shabti figure to take home. FREE entry today for Heritage Open Days!

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


Blue Caravan 2019

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Hartlepool United Supporters Club

In a shifting music industry, you can rely on Ruf’s annual revue tour as the gold-standard for modern blues. This year – just like every year since the first trek back in 2005 – you can expect a night of house-rocking live music, as three unique artists hit the stage at clubs across the US and Europe. It’s your first glimpse of the scene’s hottest tips – before they become supernovas.

The Blues Caravan keeps on rolling with an extensive international tour that includes four dates in the UK this September, their final show takes place at Hartlepool United Supporters Club on Saturday 14 September. See more information here.

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


Saturday 21 September 2019

Heritage Open Days: Tours

11:00am to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Join us for a fascinating gallery tour led by our Curator.

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


Awesome Archers

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

The crossbow was invented in China. Make your own bow and arrow. FREE entry today for Heritage Open Days!

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


Saturday 28 September 2019

Awesome Autumn

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

Celebrate autumn by making some cool twig and leaf art. Great for budding artists!

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


Monday 30 September 2019

Lord of the Flies

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Gala Theatre

A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of school children, wait to be rescued. With no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; they can do anything they want. As they attempt to forge their own society, leaders are elected and splinter groups form. As order collapses, terror begins its reign and the children degenerate into savagery...
Unfolding Theatre bring this classic adventrue to life!

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


Saturday 5 October 2019

Durham Book Festival 2019

Various venues in Durham City

The dates for this year's Durham Book Festival have been set as the Festival retuirns to Durham for the 28th year.
Full programme to be be announced...... keep watching!