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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.

Sunday 19 April 2015

Stunning stained glass

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

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 April
Take inspiration from the buildings on the Durham World Heritage Site to create a stained glass style image this weekend at Palace Green Library.

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


Durham Castle Tours

Durham Castle

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April
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, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.
There will be a History of the College Tour at 1:15pm. This tour is free of charge, but must be booked in advance through Palace Green.

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


Vietnam: A Nation not a War

9:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

30 January - 26 April
The exhibition mixes historic and contemporary objects from Vietnam with contemporary works by British artist Anthony Key to explore national identity, migration, cultural diversity, faith and belonging in Vietnam.

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


On Seeing the Author Exhibition

9:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

30 January - 26 April
Thinking about the author has always been important in thinking about the words. Research is brought together in a fascinating new exhibition at Palace Green Library.

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


The Enlightened One: printed Buddhist art

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH
2 April - 7 June
This exhibition showcases Buddhist printed art from the Oriental Museum’s collections, contrasting traditional single colour woodblock printing with modern, mass-produced full colour imagery including prints from Tibet, India, China, Korea and Singapore.

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


The Art Studio: No stigma attached

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH
16 January - 19 April
A group exhibition exploring South Asian art and personal journeys of hope, growth and expression by members of the Art Studio, Sunderland. The art displayed reflects both the diversity of South Asian culture as well as the varied interests of group members. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media and styles - paintings, lino-cuts prints, sculptures, drawings and ceramics.

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


Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham

10:00am to 4:45pm, Palace Green Library

This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.
Admission to this exhibition is free.

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


Monday 20 April 2015

Little Bookworms

10:30am 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.

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


Durham Castle Tours

Durham Castle
Monday 20 - Thursday 30 April
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 21 April 2015

FIELD - A Journey in music and words in search of the Higgs

5:00pm to 6:00pm, Planetarium, Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 April
Field is a new 25-minute live performance for voice and computer, by composer and computer pioneer Peter Zinovieff and poet Katrina Porteous, exploring ‘the stuff we are made of’.

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


Wednesday 22 April 2015

Three Minute Thesis Competition

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Law School, Durham University

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present - Join Durham PhD students as they compete to present their exciting research in just 3 minutes!
Members of the audience will be invited to vote for their favourite presentation. The winner, runner up and audience favourite will then represent Durham at the regional final involving all five North East Universities.


Professor Stephen Whittle - 'Gender: What Future does it have?'

7:45pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecture Series 2014/15
Professor Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University asks this question of gender. In September 2014, Time Magazine featured on its cover, and in the inside, the story of a "proud, African-American transgender woman" Laverne Cox; star of Orange is the new Black, Netflix’s prison drama. Cox says "There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience….Facebook just gave us 56 custom genders. People are like, ‘I’m confused!’ And it’s like, ‘Calm down…. Who is this individual right in front of you? …." 


Thursday 23 April 2015

'The Trinitarian Dimension of the Mysteries of the Life of Christ in Thomas Aquinas: does Aquines really separate the De Deo Uno and De Deo Trino?

5:15pm to 7:00pm, Dun Cow Cottage Seminar Room
Catholic Theology Research Seminar
Fr Etienne Veto (Pontifical Gregorian University) will host this seminar. There is no charge to attend; all are welcome. Following this CTRS you are invited to join a group for a meal at El Coto’s in Durham to celebrate Dr Marcus Pound’s recently announced promotion to Senior Lecturer.

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


Faith, Physics and Evidence: A Friendly Debate among Durham Scientists

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

Join us for conversation among three Durham physicists as they consider both the role of evidence for spiritual belief and the trust placed in scientific evidence.

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


The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms, Durham

Thursay 23 - Saturday 25 April
Join the talented cast and crew of Aidan's College Theatre, for the biggest battle of the sexes to hit Durham this year. What better way to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, than to be transported to the 1920s, and watch his comedy classic, "The Taming of the Shrew."

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


Saturday 25 April 2015

Ustinov Seminar presents 'Africa: Interdisciplinary Conversations and Experiences'

10:30am to 1:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

What does Africa mean to you? Come along to our first seminar this term to find out what it means to postgraduate researchers and academics who will share their knowledge and insights on a continent about which many of us know so little.

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


Who do you think they are?

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 April
Get inspired by our exhibition and create a crazy portrait of some of our best known authors.

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


Wonderful Worms!

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

Find out how silk is made, and try some Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts in today's family activity at the Oriental museum

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


Renaissance - 'Darkness into Light'

7:30pm to 9:45pm, Ushaw College

Renaissance will be performing with Ben Rowath in St Cuthbert's Chapel of Ushaw College. Ushaw - open for music! Tickets £10 - available at the Gala Theatre, Durham


Sunday 26 April 2015

Breeze Consett to Parkhead on the Waskerley Way

10:30am to 1:30pm, Lydgetts Junction, Consett

An 18 mile women-only cycle ride from Consett to Parkhead Cafe and back on the C2C Route. This is a lovely ride up to the remote cafe at Parkhead station at the top of Waskerley Reservoir. The Waskerley Way follows the old railway line up from Consett past Castleside and up onto the Durham Moors.

Contact Jacki.Bell1@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


“Cutting the Mustard” - An Essential Guide to Life Skills Communication

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

Jill Cochrane is a world renowned, and much sought after, wizard in communication skills. Thousands of people have benefitted from her enlightening and lively presentations and coaching, as she employs a network of communications trainers across the world. Together they have worked with key influencers in industry and the professions, including CEOs of International companies, and key players in Interpol and the security services. How has she done it, and what makes people listen to her? This is a talk not to be missed. This public talk is free and open to all. No need to book.

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


Monday 27 April 2015

Passing Time - An exhibition by Peter Podmore

Trevelyan College, Durham

27 April - Friday 22 May
Trevelyan College Fine Arts Committee invite you toan exhibition of paintings by Peter Podmore.
Opening times daily 10am to 6pm daily. Admission free



The Emergence of Civilisation

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre
Thinking About Emergence Public Lecture
To be given by Professor Lord Colin Renfrew, FBA (University of Cambridge)Prof Renfrew will discuss the development of complex society in the Aegean will briefly be compared with the analogous process in Egypt, Sumer, China, the Indus, Mexico and Peru in an attempt better to understand the emergence of complex social behaviour.
Open to all, free to attend with no need to register

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


Tuesday 28 April 2015

Divestment at Durham - what are the costs (social and environmental) of divesting from fossil fuel companies?”

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

Ustinov College Cafe Politique
Celebrating our 50th anniversary in the run up to the next major conference on a legally binding International Climate Change Agreement, we join a heated debate frequently covered by The Guardian and the BBC on Divestment from Fossil Fuels, typically led by students and staff in Universities across the UK.

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


Book launch: Obligation in Exile: the Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique, by Ilan Baron

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique, explores complex relationship between Israel and the Diaspora Jewish Identity. Join us for this book launch and drinks reception. All are welcome!

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


Brodsky Quartet

7:30pm, University Music School, Palace Green
Musicon Concert Series
(Supported by the Radcliffe Trust)
For the final concert of this year's series, we welcome back the celebrated Brodsky Quartet. Founded in 1972, the Quartet have given numerous concerts worldwide, and accumulated many awards for their energy and craftsmanship.

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


Wednesday 29 April 2015

A talk on the Holocaust, by Ruth Barnett

2:00pm to 4:00pm, The Chapel of St Chad's College, Durham

You are invited to a talk by Ruth Barnett, the author of Love, Hate and Indifference: the Slide into Genocide, Jews and Gypsies: Myths and Reality, and A Child of No Nationality: A Story of Childhood Separation, Loss and Recovery.

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


Stephenson College Scholars' Supper

4:00pm to 5:30pm, Central Meeting Room, Stephenson College

Lets talk about...Female Genital Mutilation
With Cris McCurley (lawyer specialising in international law, Human rights and family law) and Gloria Mosha (FGM sepcialist, The Angelou Centre, Newcastle).

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


Carol Ann Duffy - Poetry Reading by the Poet Laureate

7:45pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecure Series 2014/15
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, playwright and Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University
Carol Ann will be accompanied by musician John Sampson. They have created shows such as The Princess' Blankets, which are described as "A magical blend of poetry, music and fairytale."
Tickets for this event are now sold out. 


Thursday 30 April 2015

Elizabeth Buie - 'User Experience and the Human Spirit'

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Vasey Room, St John's College

CODEC Research Seminar
People use artefacts in many ways to support their spiritual practices. From low-tech artefacts such as books, candles and pencils to high-tech ones such as DVDs, websites and mobile apps, design plays a role in how artefacts contribute to the practices and experiences that they support. This talk will summarise Elizabeth’s PhD research and give a hint of the grounded theory that is beginning to emerge from it.

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


UK General Election 2015: Meet the candidates!

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

Cafe Politique
Not interested in politics? Not sure who to vote for? Come along and we'll change your mind, or help you decide, because politics affects your future. Have you got issues you'd like to discuss, questions you'd like to raise, well come and listen to what the parliamentary candidates for Durham have to say on local, national and international issues relevant to us all.

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


'The Bacchae'

7:30pm, Assembly Rooms

Thursday 30 April - Sunday 2 May
HCTC performs 'The Bacchae'. Through their sheer range, daring innovation, flawed but eloquent characters and intriguing plots, the plays of Euripides have shocked and entertained audiences since the fifth century. In 'The Bacchae', a king mistreats a newcomer to his land, little knowing that he is the god Dionysus disguised as a mortal.
Come spend an evening in the company of a bloodthirsty cult, dangerously-stubborn king Pentheus and the vengeful god determined to punish him.

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


Saturday 2 May 2015

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

Saturday 2 - Monday 4 May
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their skills in the garden.


May Day Madness

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

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May
Children visiting palace Green this weekend can celebrate the start of spring by making a Jack O’Green mask.

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


Super Cymbals

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

Celebrate the Buddhist festival of Vesak and make your own pair of special Tingsha cymbals in today's children's craft activity.

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


Durham in Detail: An exhibition of pen and ink drawings by Naomi Blayney (St Cuthbert's Society)

2:00pm to 2:00pm, St Cuthbert's Society, Dinign Room
Saturday 2 - Friday 29 May
Naomi Blayney (nee Collings), an alumna (1997 – 2000) and a member of University staff, who lives and works locally, is a pen and ink artist who specialises in landscapes and architecture and is hosting her first art exhibition in her old college, St Cuthbert’s Society.

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


Film Screening: Kabuku - Behind the Curtain of Contemporary Kabuki Theatre

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH

Free film screening followed by a discussion with the film's director, Yoshitaro Saito. Kabuku is a fascinating documentary offering a behind-the-scenes view of the unique theatrical genre of Japanese kabuki. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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


Monday 4 May 2015

Japanese Children's Day Festival

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

Join us for a display of kyudo ‘the way of the bow’. This traditional discipline uses the art of shooting a Japanese bow for cultivating body and mind. 
- 2pm live demonstration of kyudo in the Japan Gallery
- 2.30pm opportunity to talk to members of Kyudo North East and find out more about this unique form of archery
- 3.30pm second live demonstration in the Japan Gallery 
Children’s day is a Japanese national holiday, held each year on 5th May. Traditionally Boy’s Day (tango no sekku 端午の節句), it was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon in the lunar calendar, later moving to 5th May. Girls Day (Hina matsuri) was celebrated on 3 March. In 1948, the Japanese government decreed 5th May to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude towards mothers. It was renamed Children’s Day (kodomo no hi こどもの日).
Children’s craft activities from 1-3pm: make a carp banner

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


Tuesday 5 May 2015

Complex Systems and the Greeks: the trajectory of emergence

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre
Thinking About Emergence Public Lecture
To be given by Dr Mark Usher (University of Vermont). Prof Usher's presentation will touch on some of the following topics/themes: the Presocratics as systems thinkers; Plato’s cosmology and biomimicry; the interdependence of material, social, and ethical systems in ancient Atomism; emergent properties in Cleisthenes’ political reorganization of Attica.
Open to all, free to attend with no need to register

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


Wednesday 6 May 2015

Professor Thomas Weiss - 'Humanitarian Intervention and Business: A Tale of Ethical Quandaries'

7:45pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecture Series 2014/15
Professor Thomas Weiss, Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Presidential Professor of Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY (The City University of New York), and Research Professor at SOAS, University of London.
Understanding the ongoing transformations in contemporary humanitarian action in war zones requires examining the nature and evolution of humanitarian culture -its values, language, behavior. The move is away from an agreed culture of cooperation to a contested one of competition as a result of militarization, politicization, and marketization. What is necessary is a "learning culture" of responsible reflection rather than rapid reaction.


Thursday 7 May 2015

BTC Presents 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore' by Martin McDonagh

The Assembly Rooms
Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 May
Described as 'Tarantino for the stage', The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a pitch black comedy that satirises the futility of nationalism, the myth of redemptive violence and the benefits of using Frosties as pet food.

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


Saturday 9 May 2015

Joking Jesters

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

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May
Join Seven Stories on their Armchair Journey and listen to some hilarious stories for all the family. Decorate your own pair of wacky specs and start teh summer with a smile!

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


Hobby Horses

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

Come and see the Oriental Museum's stunning Chinese Tang Horse and then make your own hobby horse to take home.

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


Dvorak Stabat Mater

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

Durham Choral Society, soloists and orchestra perform in Durham Cathedral. In composing Stabat Mater, Dvorak was heavily influenced by the deaths of his three young children. So sad but it led to a hauntingly beautiful work. If you don't know the work, it is definitely worth getting to know.

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


Monday 11 May 2015

Little Bookworms

10:30am 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.


Wednesday 13 May 2015

Chinese martial arts novels and the concept of Xia

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Dr H M G van Malssen, Lecturer of Chinese History, Durham University will deliver this lecture as part of the Friends of the Oriental Museum lecture series 2014/15.

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


Saturday 16 May 2015

Magnificent Mosaics

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

Be inspired by the artefacts displayed int eh museum's galleries and create your own unique mosaic from colourful glass tiles to take home.

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


Monday 18 May 2015

Korean Cultural Festival

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Monday 18 - Sunday 31 May
Join us for a two week celebration of all aspects of Korean culture including music, crafts and food. For details of individual events visit the website www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum 

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


Saturday 23 May 2015

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
Saturday 23 - Monday 25 May
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden.

Prehistoric Pictures

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May
Be inspired by the artwork of our ancient ancestors and create your own modern version of cave art in this weekend's craft activity.

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


Marvellous Mosques

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

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, come along and build a mosque minaret tower from recycled materials.

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


Monday 25 May 2015

Friends of the Garden Plant Sale

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

The annual “Friends of the Garden” plant sale returns this summer with a wide selection of plants and seeds available for purchase. There will also be Cacti and succulents for sale from the the Teeside branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society.


Buddha's Birthday

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

As part of our Korean Cultural Festival celebrate the Buddha's birthday with traditional lantern making, Korean food tasting and a performance by a Korean drum group.

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


Wednesday 27 May 2015

Paper-tastic

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

Find out about the wonderful world of paper. Have a go at paper marbling, try the tradition of Chinese paper cut and make your very own paper - Korean style! Marbling inks can stain clothes. Aprons will be provided but please dress appropriately.

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


Thursday 28 May 2015

From Scrolls to Scrolling: The Bible’s Ever-Changing Medium and Layout

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Vasey Room, St John's College
CODEC Research Seminar
Joshua Mann, Research Fellow in Biblical Literacy, dicusses how Biblical texts have been recorded upon (or in) various media and in various layouts over three millennia. Exploring these changes and their effects helps us put digital versions of the Bible in perspective and develop reading strategies for getting the most out of the Bibles we read, whatever the medium.

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


Friday 29 May 2015

Gruesome Guardian Poles

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

In Korea, guardian poles were traditionally placed at village edges to scare away demons. Make your own guardian poles - try to make them as frightening as you can to ward off any evil spirits!

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


Saturday 30 May 2015

Victorious Vikings

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 May
Children can imagine sailing away with this weekend's craft activity, making their very own mini Viking ship!

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


Crazy Carving

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

The Oriental Museum is full of interesting sculptures and carvings. Explore our collections and carve your own masterpiece from soap.

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


A Night at the Movies

7:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Durham University Symphony Orchestra, Palatinate Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Northern Lights A Cappella, Light Opera Group , Opera Ensemble, Big Band, Brass Band and the DUMS Chorus perform in this musical spectacular in Durham Cathedral, taking you to a night at the movies.


Monday 1 June 2015

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.


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.


Wednesday 3 June 2015

“Geographies and Genealogies of Citizenship”

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

From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years and Citizen Politics
Professor Lynn Staeheli, Durham University will deliver this lecture looking at the ways in which citizenship is translated and performed, it also attends to the historical, linguistic and spatial contexts in which citizenship is produced.
This event is in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. This is a free event, but places are limited so please book to attend.

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


Monday 8 June 2015

MediaLit15 Engaging Faith & the Media in a Digital Age

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College

A week of learning how to engage with the media. MediaLit is open to anyone interested in engaging with the media - mass media, broadcast media, with a core group of ordinands at Cranmer Hall partaking in the course. You do not need to know how to "do technology" to participate in the course - simply be willing to take part in discussions and activities.

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


Wednesday 10 June 2015

“A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens”

6:00pm, Palace Green Library Learning Centre

From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years and Citizen Politics
Professor Guy Standing (London). This lecture will define the precariat, show how rights have been taken away, draw out some historical comparisons and present a Charter that would restore and enhance rights of citizenship for what is today’s dangerous class. It draws on a book with the same name.
This event is in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. It is a free event but places are limited so please book to attend.

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


Friday 12 June 2015

Durham University Big Band return to Matt and Phreds Jazz Club

9:30pm, Matt and Phreds Jazz Club, Manchester

Durham University Big Band are back at the club for another evening of classic and contemporary charts! After their sell out show opening the 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival, Durham University Big Band returns to Manchester to present an evening as diverse as anything. With music ranging from Basie to Wheeler, J Dilla to Floating Points Ensemble, the band will make sure this is a gig to remember.

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


Saturday 13 June 2015

The Great Charter - Magna Carta Community Opera

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

World premiere performances of an opera composed to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Composed by Tim Harrison and Paul Hodgson, the community opera explores the issues of oppression and injustice first presented by dissatisfied nobles to the king in 1215.

Contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 14 June 2015

Concert of Music by Giuseppe Verdi:

7:30pm, Sage Gateshead

A performance of Verdi's Requiem by Orchestra North East, Bishopwearmouth and Ryton Choral Societies.
A Concert of Music by Giuseppe Verdi: 
Overture: The Force of Destiny. 
Messa da Requiem.

Contact pm.chester@outlook.com for more information about this event.


Monday 15 June 2015

Symbolism and Discovery: Eclipses in Art

5:15pm to 7:00pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture is delighted to welcome Ian Blatchford to deliver this talk. Places are limited, please reserve a place in advance to attend.

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


Durham University Orchestral Society presents: 50th Anniversary Concert with Sir Thomas Allen

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral
This concert with Sir Thomas Allen to mark the close of Durham University's inaugural 'Festival of the Arts'. The event, designed to celebrate 50 years of music making, will be marked by the world premiere of John Casken’s The Trackway of Time, a song cycle for baritone and chamber orchestra commissioned especially to mark the occasion.

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


Wednesday 17 June 2015

“Good versus bad institutions? Citizenship in colonial Latin and North America (16th-18th centuries)”

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

From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years and Citizen Politics
Professor Maarten Prak (Utrecht University) discusses the striking economic, social and political differences between North and South America and investigates the resasons behind them.
This event is in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. It is a free event but places are limited so please book to attend.

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


Saturday 20 June 2015

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 June
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden.

Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 5!

2:00pm to 10:00pm, The Gala Theatre

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of this festival, the line-up had to be very special and with a distinctive international flavour, Geno Washington headlining, 12 different artists and two stages; this is one festival not to miss!

Contact solidentertainments@live.co.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 23 June 2015

Summer Congregation Fair

9:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green, Durham
Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 June
Join the University in celebrating the achivements of our students at graduation. Enjoy the spetacle of the graduate procession from Castle to Cathedral and visit our marquee on historic Palace Green with University refreshments and merchandise for sale. Come along to share the experience and soak up the atmosphere.

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


Wednesday 24 June 2015

‘Between Subjects and Citizens: the Commons of England, c. 1300-1550’

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

From Subjects to Citizens? 800 Years and Citizen Politics
Dr John Watts (University of Oxford) will discuss the political, social and cultural conditions of later medieval England fostered a situation in which ordinary people could have remarkable political agency. His lecture will explore the rise, the fall and the implications of this historic state of affairs.
This event is in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. This is a free event but places are limited so please book to attend.

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


Sunday 28 June 2015

International Conference: Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention

Durham University

Human migration and the environment are two of the most pressing issues of our times. But what is at stake when these two phenomena are articulated as a singular relation? By asking this and many other questions, this conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for scholars, policymakers, practitioners and artists to chart out the next generation of research on human migration and the environment.

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


Tuesday 30 June 2015

Conference: Princes of the Church and their Palaces

Bishop Auckland Town Hall and Auckland Castle

30 June - 4 July
An international conference and series of public lectures exploring bishops' and popes' palaces across Britain and Europe, with a particular focus on Auckland Castle.
Students are invited to apply for the opportunity to attend a special discounted lecture package at the conference.

Contact conferences@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 2 July 2015

Magna Carta: The View from Durham

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

Professor Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia)will deliver this lecture in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter.


Wednesday 8 July 2015

Rebellious Citizens: 800 Years of Citizen Politics

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

Dr Christian Liddy, Senior Lecturer in History at Durham University will deliver this lecture in conjuntion with the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt Exhibition. Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter. The event is ticketed at £10.00 per person to include the lecture, a drinks reception and entry to the exhibition. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=454

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


Saturday 29 August 2015

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.


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.


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.


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