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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 27 May 2016

Exhibition of artworks by Lesley Birch, entitled "Traces and Memory"

10:00am to 3:00pm

Birch's paintings are bringing her attention for their evocative, sense of timelessness and atmosphere. Her experience of the landscape is her starting point - Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Yorkshire - and then, in the studio, memory and imagination take over. She currently lives and works in York, UK as a full-time practising artist. ‘Traces and Memory’ runs from May 9 until June 10 and is open daily 10.00 – 15.00 at Trevelyan College, Durham University, Elvet Hill Road, Durham DH1 3LN.


Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

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

Friday 25 March - Sunday 2 October
100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there. Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front tells the stories of the people from County Durham caught up in the battle: the men who fought and died on the battlefield; the women who nursed the wounded and comforted the dying; and the workers who toiled in factories, mines and shipyards across the county to support the war effort.

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.


Beautiful birds

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

Sunday 1 - Tuesday 31 May
Pick up a free Explorer Pack from the Visitor Centre and see which birds you can discover in the Garden this month. (subject to availability)


Munitionettes & Miners - County Durham Heroes of the Great War

Museum of Archaeology

Munitionettes & Miners uncovers the important roles of County Durham men and women during World War I. Discover more about local women who worked in munitions factories and Co. Durham miners who fought tunnel warfare under the Western Front. The gallery will be open Monday, 12pm – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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


Saturday 28 May 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollinside Lane, Durham
Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

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


Funky Photographs

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

Using black Ink, create a black and white self-portrait in 1916 effect.

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


Super Sphinx

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

With head of a human and the body of a lion, the Ancient Egyptian Sphinxes were terrifying. Come along and sculpt your own.

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


Monday 30 May 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers. 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 University Music Department - Final Year Recitals

11:00am to 5:00pm, Concert Room, Department of Music, Palace Green

This year's performances by final year students will be held over three days from Monday 30 May to Wednesday 1 June. The recitals are free and open to all.

MONDAY 30 MAY
11am Georgia Bowen-Evans (piano)
12pm Emma Rochwerger (cello)
2pm Tom Brooke (voice)
3pm Sophie Kidwell (voice)
4pm Will Ford (voice)

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


Durham Pride 2016

12:00pm to 11:55pm, Durham Cathedral, Loveshack, Walkergate

Monday 30 May 2016 will be the biggest Durham Pride yet. The Rainbow Parade, sponsored by Walkergate Leisure, begins outside the Cathedral at 12pm. Brass and jazz bands will be playing on the day, alongside stalls, a funfair and much more!

Contact samantha.wright@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, and 4:15pm.

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


Tuesday 31 May 2016

Durham University Music Department - Final Year Recitals

11:00am to 5:00pm, Concert Room, Department of Music, Palace Green

TUESDAY 31 MAY

11.00 David Cotter (guitar)
12 00 Sarah Fretwell (cello)
14.00 Bianca Watts (harp)
15.00 Claire Ward (voice)
16.00 Catherine O'Connor (voice)

Contact joyce.dent@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, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Wednesday 1 June 2016

Durham University Music Department - Final Year Recitals

11:00am to 4:00pm, Concert Room, Department of Music, Palace Green

WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE

11.00 Rebecca Howell (violin)
12.00 Laura Mullaly (voice)
14.00 Sorrel Brown (voice)
15.00 Charlotte Woodward (voice)

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


Teacup Travels Special: The Lucky Horse

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

As seen on Cbeebies! Explore the lucky horse figurine just like Charlotte and Elliot and craft one to take home.

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


Working in ‘Ghost Labs' Developing a collaborative process/event space of politicised intergenerational community re-imagination

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education

School of Education Research Seminar Series 2015/16.
Growing out of Geoff Bright’s ethnographic/activist work in now deindustrialised UK coal mining communities, this seminar considers practical and theoretical aspects of a recent UK AHRC Connected Communities project (“Working with social haunting”) and a follow on project that has emerged from it (“Opening the ‘unclosed space’ - Multiplying ‘Ghost Labs’ as intergenerational utopian practice”).

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


Durham Castle Tours

2:15pm 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 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Pilates Group Matwork

5:30pm to 8:30pm, The Aerobics Studio, the Graham Sports Centre, Stockton Road, Durham City, DH1 3SE

Taught by Stott Pilates trained instructor, Jane Heath. Pilates Group Matwork is recommended for you if you have no serious injuries, aches or pains, like the social aspect of a class environment and can commit to a scheduled time most weeks. Jane’s aim is not only to teach you Pilates, but to educate you about how your body moves and functions. This will help enhance skill level and mindfulness, and ensure focus and control, allowing you to reap the full benefits of the Pilates method.

Contact pilates.durham@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Medieval and Renaissance Durham Community Course: Drama, Ritual, Storytelling and People

7:00pm to 7:00pm
If you’re interested in the history of the people and stories of Medieval and Renaissance Durham, consider joining us for an exciting new series. This is a course for anyone who wants to learn a little more about our region, whether you’re a complete beginner, or want to know more about the North East during this interesting period.

Contact durhamcommunitycourse2016@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Thursday 2 June 2016

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.


Friday 3 June 2016

Durham Festival of the Arts

9:00am to 10:00pm, Various

A two-week celebration of Music and Theatre in Durham city.
From Friday 3 June - Monday 20 June, performances by the Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre ensembles will be taking place in various locations around Durham for the annual Durham Festival of the Arts. From orchestral performances in the cathedral, to informal concerts by the river, to outdoor productions of Shakespeare, there is something to suit every taste.

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


It's so cute!

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

Come along and meet Molang, the super-cute Korean bunny and create your own amazing sock puppet to take home.

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


Music Durham Cathedral Concert – Shakespeare

7:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

As this year celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Music and Theatre students at Durham University felt that the most appropriate time to celebrate such a great artist would be on the opening night of our ‘Festival of the Arts’, taking place in one of the most spectacular World Heritage Sites - Durham Cathedral. The opening night of the festival is on the 3 June and will be an unmissable concert, bringing together performances from Durham University’s leading music societies and members of Durham’s Student Theatre.

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


Saturday 4 June 2016

NERAP University Explained - Parent and Carer Event

9:30am to 2:15pm, Palatine Centre, Durham University

University Explained is aimed at students and the parents and carers of students in Year 10, 11 or 12, or first year of sixth form college, but is open to anyone who would like to find out more about higher education.

Contact info@nerap.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Glittering Gold

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

Check out the fantastic jewellery in our South Asia Gallery and create your own piece from beads and charms.

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


Magnificent Marbling

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

Celebrate the creation of books by using our marbling inks to create your own effects similar to those used in books in the archive.

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


Sunday 5 June 2016

Friends of the Garden Plant Sale

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollinside Lane, Durham
The annual "Friends of the Garden" plant sale returns this summer with a wild selection of plants and seeds available for purchase. There will also be Cacti and succulents for sale from the Teesside branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society.

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


Arts on the Green

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Palace Green

Join us on Palace Green for a gala showing of Brass Band, Concert band and many other college music ensembles who will make up ‘Arts on the Green’.

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


Durham Castle Tours

2:15pm 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 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Monday 6 June 2016

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.


Breathing Pauses in Ancient Rhetoric, Virginia Woolf and Robert Musil

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Institute for Advanced Study

Join Dr Stefanie Heine (University of Toronto) in Durham to explore how breathing pauses convey rhythm in both the spoken and written word by comparing and contrasting ancient rhetoric with the work of early 20th Century modernist writers Robert Musil and Virginia Woolf.

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


Leavers Evensong

5:15pm to 6:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Join all the chapel choir leavers in Durham Cathedral for a final evensong of the year.

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


Tuesday 7 June 2016

The Shogun's Cultured Warriors

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum

The samurai were the military class of Japan who developed from provincial warriors into the ruling elite. They were a powerful force in Japan for more than six centuries and so had a profound effect on military and political life. High ranking warriors were also expected to develop their literary skills and they played an active role as patrons of the arts. This exhibition explores the role of the samurai class as patrons and producers of the arts. It also examines the legacy of samurai culture which remains a potent source of inspiration in Japan - and the west - today.

Contact oriental.museum@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 and 4:15pm.

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


Catholic Theology Research Seminar

5:15pm to 7:00pm, St Chad's College

Professor Stephan van Erp (University of Leuven) - World as Sacrament: The Political Theology of the Church.
This seminar series provides a forum for scholarly discussion of pertinent issues in the Catholic traditions of theology and church. Seminars usually take place three times per term. They draw together people with specialist interests across the traditional theological disciplines (scriptural, historical, philosophical, systematic, liturgical, ethical and practical/pastoral) and social-scientific approaches.

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


Art, War and Samurai Sociability in Sixteenth-Century Japan

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

Dr Morgan Pitelka (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
What connects the 16th-century samurai practices of collecting and displaying art at social gatherings to counting and examining heads after battle? How do the rituals of gift-giving among warlords relate to the politics of falconry? This talk will link the extreme violence of this age of civil and international war to the increasing significance of samurai social rituals and cultural practices.

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


Wednesday 8 June 2016

Exhibition and film screening pays tribute to influential Spanish film maker Bigas Luna (1946-2013)

12:00pm to 5:30pm, Vane gallery, Tyneside Cinema, Vamos Social, Newcastle upon Tyne

From 8 June to 12 June, Durham University, along with the Tyneside Cinema, Vane gallery and ¡Vamos! Festival will pay homage to one of Spain’s most influential contemporary film makers and artists, the late Bigas Luna in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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


99% Perspiration: The Virtues of Hard Work

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education

Professor Julian Stern from York St John University joins the Seminar Series this week.

Contact ed.finres@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. The Great Hall will not be included on the 1.15 and 2.15 tours due to a student event.

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


Spiritual and Material Economies 1000-1350: Time, Devotion and Reform

2:00pm to 5:00pm, Calman Learning Centre and Durham Business School

This three day conference is being held as part of the Norwegian Research Council funded project ‘Economies of Salvation in the Middle Ages’ (Principal Investigator: Professor Svein H. Gullbekk, University of Oslo).

The conference is free but booking is required. To book your place and to view the conference programme please visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=594

Contact g.e.m.gasper@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Ustinov Seminar presents: Scholarly Perspectives on Faith, Science and Academia

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

This seminar will explore the intersection between faith, science and academia from the perspective of two scholarly disciplines. Our presenters are:
Dr Dori Beeler (Anthropology) - Reiki as a Form of Spiritual Practice
Professor Brian Tanner (Physics) - With and Without God: the confluence and divergence of Medieval and Modern Science.

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


Thursday 9 June 2016

Understanding the Yemeni crisis: the changing role of tribes and others

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College

The 2016 Sir William Luce public lecture will be delivered by Yemen specialist Helen Lackner. The Luce lectures and their accompanying published papers commemorate the long and distinguished career of Sir William Luce GBE, KCMG, DL (1907-1977) in the Middle East during the era of the transfer of power.

Contact luce.fund@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.


Friday 10 June 2016

KLANG – Contemporary music festival

1:00pm to 9:00pm, Music Department, Palace Green

KLANG is a contemporary music festival featuring student performers and special guests

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


Danny the Champion of the World at St Mary's College

4:00pm to 8:00pm, St Mary's College

Renowned theatre company Ilyria, in its 25th anniversary season, will be performing Roald Dahl's 'Danny the Champion of the World' at St Mary's College on Friday, 10 June. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for students/ children for this family event.

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


Saturday 11 June 2016

Making Military Models

10:00am to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Have a go at making an Airfix First World War biplane at Palace Green Library

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


Beastly Bugs

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

Museums try to protect their collections from insect attack. Find out what these beastly bugs are eating and create your own mini monster to take home.

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


St John's College Summer Open Day: Salvador Dali Exhibition

2:00pm to 5:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RJ

An opportunity to have a tour around College grounds and buildings, as well as to enjoy the Salvador Dali Lithographs that are currently on display. Open to all members of the general public. We look forward to seeing you there!

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


Durham University Brass Band at Beamish

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Beamish Museum

Durham University Brass Band will be performing between 2-4pm at Beamish Museum as part of the celebrations of the famous work Jerusalem, by Parry.

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


Chamber Choir Cathedral concert

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

Chamber Choir return to the Cathedral for their annual Cathedral concert.
This year Tom Brooke will conduct the choir singing:

  • Durufle Requiem
  • Finzi Lo the Full Final Sacrifice

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


Sunday 12 June 2016

Perfect Planes

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

Using card and string can you make a model WW1 bi-plane?

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


Jonathan Dove Master class on Mansfield Park

1:00pm to 6:00pm, Hatfield College Chapel

Jonathan Dove’s music has filled opera houses with delighted audiences of all ages on five continents. Few, if any, contemporary composers have so successfully or consistently explored the potential of opera to communicate, to create wonder and to enrich people’s lives.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org 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.


Art Exhibition - The Miners Gala: The Big Meeting by David Venables

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Van Mildert College & Collingwood College

The Miners Gala: The Big Meeting, is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by David Venables. The official preview will take place on Sunday 12 June 2016, and the exhibition will run until Sunday 10 July. There is no charge for attending.

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


Orchestra Cipriani

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College

Conductor: Lewis Wilkinson
Leader: Hayley Lam

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


Monday 13 June 2016

MediaLit 16

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham
Monday 13 - Friday 17 June
CODEC will be holding its seventh MediaLit training courseexploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

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


Durham Castle Tours

2:15pm 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 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Joint Evensong

5:15pm to 6:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Join us in Durham Cathedral for a joint evensong featuring all the Durham Chapel choirs

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


Tuesday 14 June 2016

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.


Wednesday 15 June 2016

The evaluation of a teacher-focused intervention to widen participation in higher education, as part of the Sutton Trust Evaluation Framework

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education

Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series 2015/16. The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) is working with the Sutton Trust on a common evaluation framework for several of their programmes.

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


Chamber Choir – Music on the River

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Riverbank (near Prebends Bridge)/Music Department, Palace Green

Join the Chamber Choir on the banks of the Wear for our popular ‘music on the river’. Allow us to lament you with our lighter repertoire, all popular and barbershop arrangements you will recognise. Bring a picnic or BBQ and relax in the sun, this always promises to be a great evening.

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


Thursday 16 June 2016

KateSquared

7:00pm to 9:00pm, Town Hall Market Place Durham City

As part of CODEC's seventh MediaLit training course from 13 to 17 June 2016 exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture. An evening of entertainment with comediennes Rev Kate Bruce and Kate Bottley in conversation and music from 'Ivor Pop' on Thursday 16 June 19.00 in Durham Town Hall. Bar.

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


Nicholas McCarthy

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Music Department, Palace Green

Music Durham is excited to welcome Nicholas McCarthy, the worlds only one-handed concert pianist, to perform in Durham City during the Festival of the Arts. Nicholas specialises in the Left Hand Alone repertoire which began in the 19th century and developed as a result of the First World War. Liszt, Bach, Chopin and even Gershwin are featured in this repertoire along with so many striking concertos including Ravel Piano Concerto for Left hand. Nicholas’s recitals are always very engaging with the items of repertoire being introduced giving the very interesting stories behind them.

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


Friday 17 June 2016

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. There will be no access to the Great Hall due to a student event.

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


Mansfield Park – DOE

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department, Palace Green

Join Durham Opera Ensemble for their summer production of Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove.

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


Saturday 18 June 2016

Ancient Lebanon Exhibition

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

18 June - 25 September 2016
The people of ancient Lebanon played a fundamental role in shaping the history of the Mediterranean and yet, despite their importance in antiquity, they remain unknown to most people today. Based on the latest research, this exhibition will provide an accessible introduction to the culture and society of Lebanon in the ancient world.
Supported by the British Museum, the American University in Beirut and the National Museum of Beirut, this exhibition will explore issues of faith, conflict, government, culture and trade in the ancient Levant.

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


Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 June Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

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


Father’s Day

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

Make a fabulous gift for Father’s day!

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


Fascinating Phoenicians

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

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition on ancient Lebanon and create your own mini dig site to take home.

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


Sunday 19 June 2016

Team Durham Mini Mud Run 2016

10:00am to 2:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

Our Mini Mud Run is back and this year is set to be bigger than ever. Running from 10am - 2pm on Sunday 19 June, bring along your Dad for a Father's day to remember!

We'll be joined again by County Durham Fire Service who will be helping us with our water slide and running demonstrations in the river as part of their drowning prevention awareness campaign. We will also be joined by County Durham Police who'll be brining along their quad bike and the Safe City Bear to join the fun - it's definitely one not to be missed!

Contact teamdurham.holidaycamps@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.


Monday 20 June 2016

Time Will Tell: Thinking About Intergenerational Justice

4:00pm to 5:30pm, Pemberton Lecture Room, PG20, Palace Green, Durham

This is a public lecture by Prof Martin Daunton, Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge. Part of a series of engagements with Catholic Social Thought and Practice, organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion.

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


Paul Cornish - The Somme Re-interpreted

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Somme 1916: Talks Programme
A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Orchestral Society Concert

7:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Durham University Orchestral Society return to Durham Cathedral for their major concert of the year. The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lewis Wilkinson and the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Joe Schultz, will both be performing.

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


Wednesday 22 June 2016

Productions and Perceptions of the Visual in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cities

11:00am to 4:00pm, Williams Library, St Chad’s College, Durham University.

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary and international range of speakers with a particular interest in the late medieval and early modern city as a site of the visual. The study of the forms and functions of the visual—of signs, symbols, bodies, art and architecture in their relation to ritual, space, politics and identities—has demonstrated that the visual was not only a reflection of the norms and structures of medieval and early modern society, but a means of discursive communication that was constitutive of social order.

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


The Rise of the Visual in the Twelfth Century

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University.

Torsten Hiltmann (Munster) will deliver the lecture which is being hosted by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

All are welcome and booking is not necessary.

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


Thursday 23 June 2016

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.


Angels in America: Millennium Approaches/Perestroika, by Tony Kushner

7:00pm to 11:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Pitch Productions' final show of the year is an innovative staging of Tony Kushner's modern epic.

Set in New York at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Angels In America is a play like no other. Focusing on two couples - Prior and Louis, Joe and Harper - and their trials and tribulations in an era of immense transformation, this two-part play spans both life and the universe itself to meditate on love, loss, identity and meaning in the modern world.

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


DUPO Summer Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm

DUPO’s Summer Concert in Van Mildert College

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


Saturday 25 June 2016

Powerful Pyramids

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

The Ancient Egyptians were expert builders. Test your engineering skills by building a pyramid from sugar lumps.

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


Stunning stained glass

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

Take inspiration from the buildings on the Durham World Heritage Site to create a stained glass style paper image.

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


Monday 27 June 2016

John Lichfield - Selfies of the Somme

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Somme 1916: Talks Programme
A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Tuesday 28 June 2016

Early Modern Orders and Disorders: Religious Orders and British & Irish Catholicism

12:00pm to 4:55pm, University of Notre Dame’s London Gateway, London, UK

The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly hosted by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between religious orders and British and Irish Catholicism. A wealth of recent scholarship has focussed on the activities of both male and female religious following the upheavals of the sixteenth century.

Contact james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 29 June 2016

ESRC IAA Bitesize Skills Workshops - Workshop 6: Engaging with Social Media

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Room PCL216, Durham Law School

Presented by Dr Victoria Patton and Mary Robson.
As editor of the blog and e-bulletin and manager all the social media accounts associated with the ‘Hearing the Voice’ project, including its Twitter and Facebook feed, Victoria is more than used to engaging with social media. Both she and Mary Robson, the project’s Creative Facilitator look forward to helping you improve your social media engagement as much as possible.

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


Thursday 30 June 2016

Canon Professor Michael Snape - Faith on the Somme: The Churches and the British Soldier in 1916

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Somme 1916: Talks Programme
A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Friday 1 July 2016

Alastair Fraser - "The Battle of the Somme": Film screening and live commentary

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Somme 1916: Talks Programme
A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Saturday 2 July 2016

Fancy Face Painting

11:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden
What do you want to do today? A fierce tiger or a delicate butterfly? Come along to the garden and turn into your favourite animal at our nature inspired face painting session.

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


Durham Singers Summer Concert: 'Our World'

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College, DH7 9RH

Sublime music for summer, reflecting on nature and our place in creation, including major works by Aaron Copland, Herbert Howells and Judith Weir. With guest soloist mezzo-soprano Marnell Blair

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


Monday 4 July 2016

Rosemary Wall - The British Red Cross and the Battle of the Somme

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Somme 1916: Talks Programme

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


Sunday 10 July 2016

MG Car Display

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

Durham MG Owners' Club showcase their cars at the garden.

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


Tuesday 12 July 2016

Evidence On Trial: weighing the value of evidence in academic enquiry, policy and everyday life

10:30am to 5:00pm, Calman Learning Centre

Celebrating the Institute of Advanced Study’s 10th Anniversary, this conference will follow the model the Institute’s 2014 interdisciplinary conference.

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


Wednesday 13 July 2016

Promoting Excellence: Working therapeutically with offenders 2016

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Business School, DH1 3LB

The conference will seek to pool expertise and practice in relation to the engagement, management and treatment of female and male offenders who are resident within the custodial setting.

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


Jeremy Banning - Tunnellers on the Somme: La Boisselle - a case study

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Somme 1916: Talks Programme
A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Thursday 14 July 2016

MEMSA Conference ‘Identifying Identity: ideas of personal and public identity in the medieval and early modern world.’

8:45am to 5:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) is holding their tenth annual postgraduate and early-career researcher conference. MEMSA and this conference are supported by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The conference fee is £10.00 per person, for full details and to register please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=622

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


Saturday 16 July 2016

InForm Conference

9:00am to 5:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

Working with Words: supporting understanding of discipline-specific vocabulary in International Foundation Programmes

Contact inform.conference2016@dur.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden
Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 July
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

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


Art workshop: working with soft pastels

2:30pm to 4:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Join us for a hands-on art workshop led by artist Suzanne Williams. Taking inspiration from the Oriental Museum’s collections, Suzanne will lead you through the techniques of using pastels and you will produce your own work to take home.

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


Wednesday 27 July 2016

'Fast Track’ Introductory Cell Culture Course

8:30am to 5:00pm, School of Biological and Biomedical Science, Durham University

European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) is one of the four unique collections consisting of expertly preserved, authenticated cell lines and microbial strains of known provenance operated by Public Health England (PHE). Drawing on 30 years of experience of providing authentic, pure and valid cell cultures ECACC has teamed up with cell culture experts at the Durham University to provide an accessible “Fast-Track” two day introductory cell culture course which aims to help academic scientists overcome many common pitfalls to achieve Good Cell Culture Practice in their laboratories and help them realise reproducible results, valid data and publishing and grant funding potential.

Contact nicola.fullard@dur.ac.uk, CultureCollections.BusinessE@phe.gov.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 28 July 2016

Marko's Cisrus Workshop

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

Learn circus tricks, including how to juggle and spin plates, at this fun workshop.

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


Monday 1 August 2016

Teddy Bears' Picnic

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

The ever popular Teddy Bears' Picnic returns. Join us in the Garden for a day of bear-related run.

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


Wednesday 3 August 2016

Moving Beyond the Linear Model: The Role of Mixed Methods Research in an Age of Complexity

9:00am to 5:00pm, The Calman Learning Centre

The 2nd International Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) conference will take place August 3rd-5th 2016 at Durham University, UK. This conference will provide an outstanding opportunity for attendees to examine the role of mixed methods in applied social research.

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


Saturday 6 August 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 August
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

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


Monday 8 August 2016

Durham Islamic Finance Summer School 2016

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Business School, DH1 3LB

The Durham Islamic Finance Summer School allows participants to take advantage of the Center's expertise to enhance and develop their knowledge skills over a 5-day intensive programme.

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


Thursday 11 August 2016

Crazy Creatures

11:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting the garden for the day.

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


Thursday 18 August 2016

Stick Your Neck Out for Stories!

11:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

Join artist-author Ingrid Sylvestre for a day of giraffe storytelling as favourite characters Necky Becky & family, stick their necks out for their dreams. Each short story will begin on the hour, with fun activities in between.

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


Monday 22 August 2016

Teddy Bears' Picnic

11:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

From story-telling to bear-related crafts, from the most-loved bear competition to the popular teddy trail, join us for a fun-filled day.

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


Mark Connelly - The Changing Landscape of Commemoration: The Somme in British Memory

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Somme 1916: Talks Programme
A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme.

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


Saturday 27 August 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

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

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

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


Monday 5 September 2016

Summer School - Health in All Policies: Making it Work in Practice - Dates: 5th - 7th September 2016

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.


Saturday 17 September 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

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

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

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


Wednesday 12 October 2016

Advancing Social Mobility Through Education: A Guest Lecture by Dr Lee Elliot-Major

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Collingwood College

Durham University will be hosting Dr Lee Elliot-Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, on the evening of Thursday 20th October to deliver a guest lecture on the subject of improving social mobility through education. His expertise and experience in this field will no doubt be of interest to a wide audience.

Contact c.p.ferguson@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.


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