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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.

Thursday 23 March 2017

Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection

9:30am to 4:00pm, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NP

Durham University's Western Art Collection contains a significant number of prints by leading artists and is one of the most important university collections of 20th and 21st century art in the
UK. This exhibition explores the different printing techniques used by artists, from early methods of woodcut printing to more contemporary screen and digital printing techniques and features works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi and Patrick Heron.

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


Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion

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

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

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


'A Forgotten Campaign'

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

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

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


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

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

14 October 2016 - 30 March 2017
A photographic exhibition portraying the natural and built spaces of Shimla. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. Nursed on nostalgia, the British built Shimla (earlier 'Simla') as their ‘little version of England’ and by extension, of Britain itself, complete with neo-Tudor structures, leisure spots, and imposing residences- from cottages to castles, all complemented by a temperate European weather and landscapes.

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


Friday 24 March 2017

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am 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 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm , 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Staff fitness class - Cycling for beginners

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden castle

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place. Cycling for beginners - this a new group for those that haven't cycled for a while.

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


Saturday 25 March 2017

Colourful Ceramics

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

Take inspiration from our archaeology collections and make your own ceramic masterpiece to take home.

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 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Ustinov College Cafe Scientifique: Earth Hour - Stargazing & Light Pollution

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Meet at Ustinov College followed by walk to the Durham Botanic Garden

Earth Hour is an annual event where lights are turned off for an hour to raise awareness of climate change. This year, we have partnered with the Durham Astronomy Society to take a walk in the Durham Botanic Garden to do some stargazing and learn about the impact of light pollution on humans and the rest of nature.

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


Sunday 26 March 2017

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am 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 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Monday 27 March 2017

Little Bookworms

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

Through fun crafts, interactive stories, messy play, singing, games and role play, toddlers and pre-school children will discover new skills and interests and have lots of fun. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Staff fitness class - Pilates

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden castle

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place.

Pilates a 60 minute class aimed at strengthening the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being.

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


Group Matwork Pilates Class

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Aerobics Studio, Graham Sports Centre, Stockton Road, Durham City, DH1 3SE

Essential / Intermediate Level Group.
The class size is limited to 12 people and members are taught the STOTT PILATES® Matwork repertoire with some use of small pieces of equipment including magic circles, small balls and bands. We always aim to find a new challenge!

Contact jane.heath@pilatesdurham for more information about this event.


Tuesday 28 March 2017

Durham Theoretical roman Archaeology Conference 2017

12:00pm to 5:30pm, Calman Learning Centre

Durham University is hosting the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) 2017, one of the biggest gathering of Roman archaeologists and classical scholars in the world.

Interdisciplinary and international, Durham TRAC will be bringing together around 200 international academics to discuss all aspects of the Roman Empire (and beyond).

Contact trac.2017@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Book Club

5:00pm to 6:00pm, Palace Green Library

The book is decided month by month as we fit around what our members are enjoying! We read books based around Palace Green Library's exhibitions and the Oriental Museum’s collections. As well as literature surrounding our temporary exhibitions.

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


Thursday 30 March 2017

Staff fitness class - Barre concept

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden castle

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place.

Barre concept - a creative workout, that tones the arms, lifts the butt, sculpts the legs and flattens the abs

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


Saturday 1 April 2017

Dazzling Dragons

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

Dragons are an important symbol in Chinese culture. Make your own dragon puppet to take home.
Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Monday 3 April 2017

Canonical Forms: A mathematician's view of musical canons.

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle.

This public lecture will be delivered by by Noam Elkies. Noam is a professor in the Harvard mathematics department (where he became a full professor at age 26), and a graduate of Julliard.

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


Friday 7 April 2017

A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

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

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. This exhibition examines the vital role of the Chinese Labour Corps using historic photographs and objects created by the men at the front.

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


Red Butler set to rock Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club!

7:30pm to 10:30pm, The Forum Music Centre

Once in a while a young band comes along that makes you stop, look and listen........”Red Butler is one such a band”

Contact ianross0545@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 8 April 2017

Egg-tastic

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

Celebrate the Easter season and make your own Vietnamese-style artwork from egg shells.
Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Durham Singers: the Night in the Garden

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

Allegri Miserere Mei and other choral music for Passiontide by Tallis, Palestrina, Victoria and Leighton. “The Night in the Garden” tells the tragic story of the final hours before Christ’s crucifixion with music by the great Renaissance Roman Catholic composers Tallis, Palestrina and Victoria, along with “What love is this of Thine” a spiritually intense meditation on God’s love by the British composer Kenneth Leighton.

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


Wednesday 12 April 2017

Vaisakhi

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

Celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi and create your own sparkly headband.
Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Saturday 15 April 2017

Hooray for Hats

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

Make a bright and colourful Korean hat. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Wednesday 19 April 2017

Ancient Egyptian Flaming Flies

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

Golden flies were awarded for bravery in Ancient Egypt. Create your own golden fly necklace to wear with pride. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Friday 21 April 2017

Teacup Travels Special Event

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

As seen on Cbeebies, like Charlotte and Lokesh you can hunt for the Japanese netsuke and create your own to take home. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Saturday 22 April 2017

Cheery Cherry Blossoms

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

Step into spring and create your own cherry blossom branch.
Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Saturday 29 April 2017

Terrible Trenches

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

Explore our new exhibition on the First World War and make your own trench art. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Monday 1 May 2017

IAS 2: John Snijders and Morton Feldman

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

Morton Feldman (1926-1987) – Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1983) (90 minutes)

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


Tuesday 2 May 2017

The Brodsky Quartet

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

Musicon Concert Series 2017
The popular Brodsky Quartet return to Durham to perform a Programme that includes:
Johann Sebastian Bach's Selection from Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue),
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Fugue from: Four Pieces for String Quartet, op 81,
Alexander Borodin - String Quartet no 2
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet no 8, op 59 no 2

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


Wednesday 3 May 2017

Education, Conversation and New Learning Technologies

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

Professor David Bakhurst from Queen's University, Ontario will lead the research seminar. Everyone is welcome to attend, and booking is not required.

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


Thursday 4 May 2017

Ushaw Lecture Series: Professor John McCafferty

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Professor John McCafferty (University College Dublin) - 'Squabbling, babbling, feeling': What did Exile do to Early Modern Catholics from Britain & Ireland?

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


Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: The Prospects for Peace

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue

We are delighted that the guest speaker for our 2016/17 annual lecture will be Harriet Lamb. Harriett Lamb became CEO of International Alert, which, this year celebrates 30 years of peace building.

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


Cafe Scientifique: Critical thinking, the media and policy decision making in a post-factual world

6:30pm to 8:30pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Dr Graham Smith is the lead scientist for the National Wildlife Management Centre, part of DEFRA, a co-organiser of York sceptics in the pub and lectures on critical thinking and policy decision making. This talk will question our critical thinking abilities, look at how we can assess modern media output, and how government policy decision making is actually performed.

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


Wednesday 10 May 2017

Practice, Sensibility and Moral Education

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

Professor David Bakhurst from Queen's University, Ontario, will lead the research seminar. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Saturday 20 May 2017

Mozart Requiem and Solemn Vespers

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RL

Durham Choral Society, orchestra and soloists perform Mozart Requiem (KV626) and Solemn Vespers (KV339) in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral.

Contact tickets@durhamchoralsociety.org.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 23 May 2017

Ushaw Lecture Series: Stonyhurst College

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Joe Reed & Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst) - English Jesuit Drama 1599-1916: From Martyrs to Rum Punch. All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email Hannah Thomas on hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please contact us by 9am on Friday 19 May 2017.

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


Saturday 27 May 2017

Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

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

This exhibition asks, How big is time? And what will the future be like?
The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors to create stories that transport us to the distant past, parallel universes, and future worlds.

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


Tuesday 30 May 2017

Historicising anti-slavery – Decolonising anti-trafficking?

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Geography Department, Room 414

Over the last two decades, anti-trafficking – often described as an effort to combat ‘modern day slavery’ – has become ubiquitous. Questions have been raised about whether the significant resources dedicated to this issue have achieved any results, or whether these results have done more harm than good. These critiques remain salient as Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals proposes to ‘eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.’ Building on these critiques, the seminar responds to facile framings of contemporary ‘abolitionism’ as echoing earlier crusades against Trans-Atlantic slavery. Critical reflections on the geographical and historical dimensions of anti-slavery and anti-trafficking will be offered. We ask: is it possible to decolonise anti-trafficking?

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


Monday 12 June 2017

MediaLit 17

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday 12 - Friday 16 June 2017, exploring 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.


Thursday 15 June 2017

9th International Conference on Genomics & Pharmacogenomics

9:00am to 5:00pm, London, UK

Novel research on Genomics and Pharmacogenomics for Global Health.
Genomics-2017 is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from Universities and Institutes to interact with the world class Scientists.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 June 2017

Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 7

2:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Before we know it Summer will be upon us, and by popular demand, so will this festival...... Showcasing the quality of live music in the UK, we wanted to present a line-up that appeals to music lovers of all ages in and around the North East. We think we have achieved this and with Dr Feelgood headlining, a transatlantic flavouring, 11 different artists with six performing on an Amp Driven Main Stage and five on a more serene Acoustic Stage; this is one date for your diary!

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


Orchestral Society Cathedral Concert

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

The Orchestral Society’s annual Cathedral Concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alex Mackinder and the Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Reddel.

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


Sunday 18 June 2017

Classical Ensemble Summer Concert

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

Join the Classical Ensemble for their final concert of the year.

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


Monday 19 June 2017

Bishop Hatfield Evensong

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

Bishop Hatfield Evensong in Durham Cathedral.

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


Tuesday 10 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


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