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What's On

Family and Community

Whether you choose to visit a museum, stroll in the Botanic Garden, attend a lecture, view an exhibition, see a play or live musical performace, there is always something to see and do in and around the University. Our busy programme of activities and events offers a great range of things to enjoy for all the family.

Saturday 30 May 2015

Pilgrimage: Pathways to Enlightenment

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

22 May - 24 September
An exhibition created by students studying for the MA in Museum and Artefact Studies, showcasing artefacts related to pilgrimages from the heartlands and furthest reaches of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. The exhibition will be based around key pilgrimages from each religion and will focus on themes of pilgrimage travel (a key component of any spiritual journey).

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


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.


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.


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.


A Walk Announced

12:00pm to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Art Exhibition
On Thursday 16 April 2015, artist Zoë Anderson started walking 1000 miles. Visitors to Durham University’s Oriental Museum can explore Anderson’s journey through a new artwork, ‘A Walk Announced’. Anderson will cover a distance of 25 miles per day, six days per week and expects to complete her journey on 1st June 2015.

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


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.


Sunday 31 May 2015

Team Durham Mini Mudder

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

Kids age 4-14 can tackle a muddy, wet obstacle course with Fire hoses, Mud, Slides and inflatable water slides this promises to be a fun event!

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


Durham Castle Tours

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.


Taekwondo Demonstration & Taster Class

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Another chance to see the members of Billingham Taekwondo Group demonstrate Taekwondo martial art in the museum. A free class at 1.30pm will introduce Taekwondo and is suitable for beginners. This class is bookable online.

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


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.


Durham Castle Tours

12:15pm, Durham Castle
Monday 1 - Wednesday 3 June
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.


Intercollegiate Chapel Choirs' Joint Evensong

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

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Chapel Choirs of Grey, Hatfield, St Chad's, St Hild and St Bede, St John's, St Mary's and University Colleges and St Cuthbert Society lead evensong at Durham Cathedral, conducted by the Cathedral's Master of the Choristers, James Lancelot.

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


Tuesday 2 June 2015

The role of excercise in weight management: is excercise a bittter pill to swallow?

12:30pm to 1:30pm, F009, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus
John Snow College in association with Wolfson Research Institute
Professor Neil King, Human Appetitie Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, will dewliver this lunctime lecture.
Lunch is included

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


BAJAM

3:00pm to 7:00pm, St Aidan's College Garden
Live Music. Lazy Afternoon. Tye Dyeing of T-Shirts. FREE OF CHARGE. Sound preeetty nice ey? BAJAM is a new event this year led by the Music Team at St Aidan's College, proving to be hugely popular and attracting a multitude of Durhamites from all over the city.
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Contact music@st-aidans.com for more information about this event.


'Eschatology, Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of God?”

5:15pm to 7:00pm, Dun Cow Cottage Seminar Room
Catholic Theology Research Seminar
Dr Judith Wolfe (Oxford)will host this seminar. Drinks will be available from 5.15pm with the seminar beginning at 5.30pm. There is no charge to attend; all are welcome.

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


Wednesday 3 June 2015

Modern Classics

1:00pm to 2:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department
KLANG Festival
New Art Music Ensemble (NAME) present the annual KLANG Festival with guest performers presenting a programme packed with some of the most interesting, diverse, and radical pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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


“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.


E7B Soundlab - Cello Contrabass Flute

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Concert Room, Music Department

KLANG Festival
Durham University’s ensemble in residence premiere a selection of riveting new works by staff and postgraduate student composers from the Music Department.

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


Thursday 4 June 2015

Lessons from the past? Approaches to conflict and peace in Sudan, 1899-1955

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College
Sir William Luce Memorial Lecture
This annual lecture will be given by the 2015 Sir William Luce Fellow, Dr Richard Barltrop

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


New Works for Solo Guitar

1:00pm to 2:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department
KLANG Festival
Diego Castro Magas premieres four new works from Durham University composers alongside a selection of seminal 20th century repertoire.

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


Durham Castle Tours

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.


KLANG Festival - A Dip in the Musical Tide

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Concert Room, Music Department, Palace Green

KLANG Festival
The NAME Chamber Group presents a programme of exciting recent works by established and up-and-coming composers.

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


Is Race Still Relevant?

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE
Ustinov RAce Crime and Justice with Cafe des Arts
Is racial discrimination still an issue we should be fighting against? Or do we live in a post-racial society?

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


Friday 5 June 2015

Philip Thomas: Michael Finnissy

1:00pm to 2:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department, Palace Green
KLANG Festival
Philip Thomas presents a lunchtime recital of piano music from seminal British composer Michael Finnissy.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 5:15pm, 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.


The Most Good you can Do: How 'Effective Altruism' is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Elvet Riverside 201
A lecture by Professor Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. This lecture is free and all are welcome.

Contact Simon P. James (s.p.james@durham.ac.uk) for more information about this event.


Footprint Modulation

6:00pm to 5:00pm, Durham Art Gallery, Oriental Museum, Miners Hall, Empty Shop HQ, Durham University

5 June - 5 July
International artists, researchers, communities and local activists are combining forces using art to push climate change up the agenda in a ground-breaking exhibition in Durham from 5th June – 5th July, with a premier evening on Thursday 4th June 6-8pm at Durham Art Gallery.

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


Ephemeral Music

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Concert Room, Music Department, Place Green
KLANG Festival
NAME and guest performers present an evening of sounds that will never be heard the same way again; including guided improvisations and interpretations of graphic scores.

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


David Starkey on Magna Carta

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

This leading constitutional historian, known for his forthright views, talks about the agreement that first limited the power of the monarch by stating the basic rights, privileges, and liberties of leading citizens.


Saturday 6 June 2015

Painting and Prayer

10:30am to 4:00pm, Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH

Enjoy a day of creativity and exploration for artists of all abilities to paint and draw and explore the spiritual aspect of art. Led local artist Frances Connolly (Spiritual leader to be decided) £22.00.including light lunch

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Solar Watch: See the Sun Through a Telescope

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

Come along to this unique event, where you will be able to observe sunspots through telescopes fitted with white light solar filters. A Hydrogen Alpha telescope will also allow you to observe granularity, filaments and prominences on the solar disk.

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


Straight off the Press

1:00pm to 2:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department, Palce Green
KLANG Festival
NAME and guest performers present an exciting programme of new, especially commissioned works and a few welcome musical surprises from the recent past.

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


Marvellous Mesopotamia

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

Explore the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia and craft an ancient archaeological find!

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


Merry Monarchs

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

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 June
Some monarchs are good, some are bad but can you make one that is merry? Have a go at creating a puppet king or queen in this weekend's craft activity.

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


Durham University Classical Ensemble Debut Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Dowrick Suite, Trevelyan College

Durham Festival of the Arts
Durham University Classical Ensemble (DUCE) presents its debut concert, featuring music spanning a century. Including movements from Beethoven, Mozart and Grieg.

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


Manning ex Machina

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Concert Room, Music Department, Palace Green
KLANG Festival
A showcase of ground-breaking electroacoustic works in honour of Prof. Peter Manning.

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


DFoA: the Big Summer Gig

8:00pm to 11:00pm, Riverside Bar, Durham Students Union
Durham Festival of the Arts
Durham University Big Band returns to the Riverside Bar for another evening of classic jazz, contemporary Big Band tunes, and of course - great summer vibes!
FREE ENTRY

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


Sunday 7 June 2015

Durham Castle Tours

Durham Castle
Sunday 7 - Monday 15 June
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.


Corpus Christi Procession

2:30pm to 4:00pm, Ushaw College, Durham

The traditional Procession and celebration of one of the most important feasts in the Catholic Calendar. This replaces June’s Evening Prayer. Further details to follow.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Bernstein's Chichester Psalms

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

Durham Festival of the Arts
Durham University Chamber Choir returns to the Cathedral to perform Bernstein’s ‘Chichester Psalms.’ Bernstein was one of the post prolific conductor and composer of the 20th Century, best known for musicals such as West Side Story. The Chichester Psalms is one of his greatest works, set for boy treble, solo quartet and orchestra and is sung in Hebrew. With this being the main ‘attraction’

Contact marnell.blair@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.


Inevitable Rebels: Catholics, Conformity and Degrees of Rebellion in England c1530 – 1745

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Ushaw Lecture
James Kelly will deliver this lecture as linked to the Rebellious North Exhibition Palace Green Library.

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


Collingwood Music's Last Night at the Proms

7:00pm to 11:00pm, Collingwood College

Join Collingwood College Music Society in a celebration of music across the university!
Last Night at the Proms is a very British celebration of a whole range of music, performed spectacularly by various ensembles from Collingwood and across the university, from classical, to jazz, to rock, to folk!

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


Tuesday 9 June 2015

Living Traditions: Pilgrimage and Passion in South Asia by Professor Robin Coningham

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH
Pilgrimage is one of the fastest growing motivations for individual travel with an estimated 600 million ‘religious and spiritual voyages’ undertaken each year. Whilst much focus in Europe has been placed on the revival of earlier sites, such as ‘St Cuthbert’s Way’ or the ‘Camino deSantiago’, pilgrimage in South Asia has played a critical role for thousands of years.
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Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 10 June 2015

Hatfield College Flute Choir Lunchtime Concert

1:15pm to 2:00pm, Hatfield College Chapel

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Hatfield Flute Choir will present a selection of music written and arranged for flute choir, from favourites by Handel, to relatively unknown gems by Kuhlau. which is particularly suited to dulcet tones of the flute.

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


Jazz Afternoon

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Margot Fonteyn Ballroom, Durham Students' Union

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Join college ensembles from across the university to hear an afternoon of jazz, featuring ensembles from St Cuthbert's Society, Josephine Butler College, Van Mildert College and Collingwood College.

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


“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.


Music on the River- Chamber Choir

6:30pm to 7:30pm, River Bank (near prebends bridge)

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 marnell.blair@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham University Voices Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church

Durham Festival fo the Arts
DUV is proud to present its summer concert! Featuring a mix of traditional and modern music, join the main Choir and Chamber Choir for an evening of musical fun!

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


Thursday 11 June 2015

The Comedy of Errors

3:00pm, Fellows' Garden, Durham Castle

Thursday 11th & Friday 12th June
As we prepare to embark on our famous annual Summer Shakespeare Tour across the South of England, join Castle Theatre Company in the beautiful setting of Durham Castle's Fellows' Garden for a delightful afternoon of one of Shakespeare's finest comedies.
Picnics and blankets are encouraged... It promises to be a good'n!

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


St John's College Vocal Concert

8:00pm to 9:30pm, St John's College Chapel

Durham Festival of the Arts
The College choir, Chapel choir, and the Barbershop and Barbieshop quartets of St John’s College will be performing in St John’s College Chapel. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, with an array of styles, ranging from pop music to a more classical repertoire. The concert will be followed by some light refreshments in Johns.

Contact samantha.spruce@hotmail.co.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 12 June 2015

Gospel Society Summer Concert

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Sanctuary 21
OH HAPPY DAYS...You're invited to the Gospel Society's Summer Concert 2015!
Performing music from the likes of Mary Mary, Destiny's Child, Florence and the Machine, Frank Sinatra (and even maybe a cheeky bit of Taylor Swift) to some well-loved gospel classics, Gospel Society are sure to welcome in your weekend with music, dancing and lots of laughs! Refreshments provided.

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


Ushaw Folk Night

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Following the tradition of vibrant folk music at Ushaw this evening promises to be memorable with performances from local bands and artists. Set is the Francis Thompson Room – there is an atmosphere of expectation and relaxedness. For details see website. Tickets on the door or at tickets@Ushaw.org

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


St John's College Cabaret Evening

8:00pm to 9:30pm, Leech Hall, St John's College

Durham Festival of the Arts
An evening of musical theatre through the ages, featuring songs from musicals such as Chicago, Fame, Wicked and Funny Girl. Performers include a variety of soloists, accompanied by a wonderful pit band. There will be a short interval half way through where refreshments will be served. Dress code for the evening is Black tie.

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


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

Vivaldi Gloria Singers Workshop

10:00am to 5:00pm, Ushaw College

Join us in the wonderful setting of Ushaw College for an exploration of Vivaldi's resplendent Gloria with conductor and early music specialist, Scott Inglis-Kidger.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Durham City Wildlife Watch Group: Minibeasts Large and Small

10:00am to 12:00pm, Botanic Garden

Join the Durham City Wildlife Watch Group today. We will have a visitor to the group who will bring some unusual minibeasts for you to meet. Afterwards we’ll have a big hunt in the gardens.

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


Super Swords

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

Take a peek at the magnificent head hunting swords in our new gallery and create your own fearsome weapon in today's family craft activity.

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


Magna Carta Party

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June
Join the party as we celebrate 800 years since the passing of the Magna Carta and make a souvenir to take away this weekend at Palace Green Library.

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


The Great Charter - Community Opera

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

Young people from County Durham and Middlesbrough join with local singers and professional musicians in a celebration through words and music of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. This is the premiere performances of an opera composed by Tim Harrison and Paul Hodgson 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

Classical Guitar Recital

6:00pm to 7:45pm, Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH

Jonathan Parkin is a Classical Guitarist and studied at the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama. Jonathan has lead an active performance life, playing as a soloist and in countless ensembles in all manner of venues across the U.K. Join him for this performance in the stunning surroundings of Ushaw College.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


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

Population level obesity prevention policy in the context of trying to prevent a widening of socio-economic disparities in obesity and health.

12:30pm to 1:30pm, F009, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus
John Snow College in association with Wolfson Research Institute
Associate Professor Anna Peeters, Obesity & Population Health Research Group, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia, will deliver this public lecture,. Free and open to all. Lunch is included.

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


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

Durham Festival of the Arts
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.


Tuesday 16 June 2015

Inculturation, Identity and Belonging in a Himalayan Church.

5:15pm to 7:00pm, Dun Cow Cottage Seminar Room
Catholic Theology Research Seminar
Dr Jonathan Miles-Watson (Durham University)will host this seminar.

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


'Everything you know about genetics is wrong: a brief history of the culture of DNA'

7:00pm to 8:30pm, Arthur Holmes Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham
A walk through the story of genetics and how we're culturally predisposed to misunderstand it. Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. Presenter of BBC Radio 4 Inside Science as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud and the evolution of sex.

Contact info@fusionstem.co.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.


'Yes, Prime Minister' by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

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

17 - 19 June
From the writers of the original television series 'Yes, Minister' and 'Yes, Prime Minister', comes the equally sharply satirical stage version, brought to you by Ooook! Productions as part of our traditional summer sitcom spectacle!

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


Royal Northern Sinfonia

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham DH7 8RH

Enjoy this concert by The Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East. Programme of Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Clarinet Concerto and Symphony 41.
Tickets £12 available from the Gala Durham Theatre

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 18 June 2015

Durham Castle Tours

Durham Castle
Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 June
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.


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.

Fabulous Flags

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
saturday 20 & Sunday 21 June
People have been fighting for their rights for thousands of years. What would you fight for? Make a flag and tell the world!

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


Crazy Canopic Jars

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

Make an ancient Egyptian canopic jar, complete with blood and guts in today's gruesome activity!

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


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.


Organ Recital

2:30pm to 4:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Robert Sharpe is internationally recognised as an organ recitalist and for his work with the choirs of York Minster, where he is Director of Music. Enjoy this afternoon concert in the surroundings of Ushaw College.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


The Great Charter - Community Opera

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

Young people from County Durham and Middlesbrough join with local singers and professional musicians in a celebration through words and music of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. This will be the second performances of an opera composed by Tim Harrison and Paul Hodgson 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.


Monday 22 June 2015

Centre for Humanities Innovation Durham workshop: The Emerging Humanities: Strategies for the Future.

9:00am to 6:15pm, IAS Seminar Room & Meeting Room
Creativity in scholarship and research; and to encourage the creation of new ideas, concepts, mental schemes, and other products of intellectual imagination. At this workshop we will explore the IAS 2014/15 theme, ‘Emergence’, as applied to the emergence of new ideas, approaches and disciplinary trends in the humanities. Each speaker will be allowed 30 minutes for her or his presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

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


The Durham Showcase

7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms

Celebrate Gradualtion Week by joining some of Durham Student Theatre's finest talent for a night of high quality drama, before the show is taken to London. The night will consist of a selection of scenes staring our troupe -chosen by a panel of industry professionals- intertwined with original writing.

Contact thedurhamshowcase@gmail.com 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.


Saturday 27 June 2015

Crash Bang Wallop!

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

Explore the drums in the Oriental Museum's collections, craft your own drum and make some noise!

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


Power of print

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

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June
People have long used the printed word to spread their message. Create a special poster using our printing kit this weekend in our family craft activity.

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


Choral Concert - Cappella Novocastriensis

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Cappella was founded in 1960 by Dr Frederick Hudson to specialise in early choral music for worship. The choir has about 40 members and often sings unaccompanied, bringing clarity and intimacy to its performances. Since 2012, Cappella has been directed by a new young conductor, Simon Lee, who is also a Tenor Lay Clerk at Durham Cathedral and music educator. Tickets on the door or at tickets@Ushaw.org

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org 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.


Durham Castle Tours

Until 5:15pm, Durham Castle

Sunday 28 - Wednesday 30 June
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 30 June 2015

ESRC IAA Workshop: Influencing Policy – From the Local to the International

10:00am to 4:00pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Durham University

All are welcome to attend this one-day workshop funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Come along and hear from the experts about best practice in using your research to influence policy, including speakers from Houses of Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Local Government Association and Government Office for Science.


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.


Christian Pilgrimage: A Theological Perspective by Edward Epsen

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH
This lecture will locate the concept of Christian pilgrimage within the Church's tradition, liturgy and history, including the Jewish pilgrimage festivals.

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


Thursday 2 July 2015

Still Telling Sexual Stories: The CSGS Summer School 2015

St Aidan's College, Durham University

This two-day event is a place for postgraduate and early career researchers to develop their methodological expertise and present their own research on gender and sexuality among leading international scholars.


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.


Saturday 4 July 2015

Fancy Face Painting

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

What do you want to be 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.


Independence Day

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 July
America based some of its constitution on Magna Carta. Come and find out more and make your own symbol of liberty.

Sunday 5 July 2015

Tyneside Chamber Orchestra

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Ushaw College, Durha,

The orchestra was founded in 1956 by Michael Hall, then a music student at Newcastle University, and who, two years later, founded the Northern Sinfonia. Dr. Arthur Milner, who was its director for many years, converted it into a string orchestra for talented amateur players. Come along to enjoy this concert.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


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 11 July 2015

Durham City Wildlife City Watch: Pond Dipping

10:00am to 12:00pm, Botanic Garden

Join the group today and explore the Botanic Garden ponds. There’s more to a pond than meets the eye. We’ll find out what’s going on below the surface. We’ll also have a closer look at the minibeasts living in the meadow.

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


Ushaw String Quartet

3:00pm to 4:45pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Enjoy an afternoon performance by our own Resident ensemble with Edward Cross - violin, Hannah Tattersfield – Violin, Maria Laura Belli – Viola, Claire Macfadyen – Cello Programme Beethoven Op. 59 No. 1 and Tchaikovsky No.1 Opus 11

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 12 July 2015

MG Car Display

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

Durham MG Owners' Club showcase their cars at the Garden today. There is no additional cost for the activity, but standard admission charges apply. We recommend visitors use the kiosk entrance and park at the park and ride.

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


Evening prayer at Ushaw

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Ushaw College, Durham
President of Ushaw Mgr. John Marsland
We started the season of music and events with Evening prayer and as we approach to the end of the season we again ask the President of Ushaw Mgr. John Marsland to lead our service of thanks and hopefulness, and look forward to the start of a new season in September when Ushaw will once again be filled with music, speech, drama and spirituality.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Friday 17 July 2015

Ushaw Ceilidh

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Great music and dance with local musicians resonating in the wonderful setting of Pugin’s great Refectory. For details see the website. Licensed café bar. Tickets £6 on the door or available at tickets@Ushaw.org

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 18 July 2015

Crowning Glory

Palace Green Library
Saturday 18 - Friday 24 July
Celebrate the start of the holidays by making your own crown to take home. Will you be a better monarch than King John?

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


Organ Recital by Andrew Christer

2:30pm to 4:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham
The last in this seasons’ series of recitals given by one of the region’s most talented organists. Andrew has been the Director of Music and Organist of St John the Evangelist Church, Darlington, for the past 30 years, and is Sub Organist at St Mary’s, Richmond.

Contact tickets@Ushaw.org for more information about this event.


Friday 24 July 2015

Conflicts and Connections in the Landscape of the Manimahesh Pilgrimage

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH
Jonathan & Sukanya B Miles-Watson will deliver this lecture, exploring the Manimahesh pilgrimage of the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh is locally important but up to now has been little known internationally.

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


Saturday 25 July 2015

Badge of honour?

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 25 - Friday 31 July
People have always used badges to show who they support. Come along and design your own all this week at Palace Green Library.

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


Saturday 1 August 2015

Scribble like a scribe

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 1 - Friday 7 August
Have a go at writing with a quill to create your own manuscript, all this week at Palace Green Library.

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Is the World Flat? Charles Taylor on the Metaphysics of Pilgrimage in the 21st Century

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH
Michael Raubach will deliver this lecutre examining Charles Taylor’s monumental 2007 work ‘A Secular Age’ he sets out to answer two questions: What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? And, why (in the West) it was virtually impossible not to believe in God in the Middle Ages, while presently many of us not only find this easy, but even culturally inescapable?

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


Saturday 8 August 2015

Coats of arms

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 8 - Friday 14 August
Be like the Barons who forced King John to agree to the Magna Carta and design your own coat of arms, all this week at Palace Green Library.

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


Saturday 15 August 2015

Swashbuckling swords

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 15 - Friday 21 August
People have sometimes taken up arms to fight for their rights. Design your own sword to take home in this week's craft activity.

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


Saturday 22 August 2015

Make it real with a seal!

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

Saturday 22 - Friday 28 August
Kings did not sign documents like Magna Carta to make them official, they sealed them. Make your own clay seal to take home, all this week at Palace Green Library.

Contact pg.library@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.


Laying down the law

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 August
It’s your turn to write the rules! Design your own Magna Carta to take home in this weekend's craft activity.

Contact pg.library@durham.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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