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Durham University

What's On

Family and Community

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

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

10:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Homelands: Documenting Centuries of Cham Migration

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

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

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


Things from Home

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

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

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


The Art Studio presents: Behind the Mask

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

An exhibition of works in a variety of media and styles, by members of The Art Studio charity based in Sunderland, focusing on the Oriental Museum's Ancient Egyptian collections.

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


Cultural citizenship – what have the arts and creativity got to do with it?

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College, South Road, Durham DH1 3LT
Durham Commission on Creativity and Education Lecture Series Professor Pat Thomson (Nottingham University) will give this public lecture. All are welcome. Please register to attend at https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=1228 (booking closes 16th April). For more information please see www.durham.ac.uk/creativitycommission/news.

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


Saturday 27 April 2019

Colourful Crowns

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham DH1 3RN

The Prince Bishops of Durham loved to wear a crown and decorate everything they owned with symbols of crowns. Become royalty for the day and wear a crown upon your head.

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


Glorious Glass

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

See a 1000 year old glass bottle on display and paint your own glass jar to take home.

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


Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


The Ceremony of Sounding Retreat

5:30pm to 8:00pm, The College of St Hild and St Bede

The annual act of remembrance that commemorates the 104th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres on 25 April 1915 in which the Eighth Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry was involved and during which the 'Bede College Contingent' saw action on Gravenstafel Ridge.

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


Monday 29 April 2019

National Gardening Week

10:00am to 5:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden

This week is all about gardening as the Botanic Garden celebreates National Gardening Week. Pick up a free gardening starter kit for children and let them discover how to grow flowers or vegetables.

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


Tuesday 30 April 2019

Ushaw Lecture: Jacques Maritain, Democratic Crisis, and the Promise and Peril of a Global Catholic History

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

Public lecture by Professor John McGreevy (University of Notre Dame). Details and registration are available via https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com

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


The Frontiers of the Roman Empire – A World heritage Serial Nomination

6:00pm to 7:00pm, PG20, Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green, Durham
Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Lecture
John Scott, World Heritage Coordinator, Hadrian’s Wall will deliver this public lecture. Drinks reception in the WHS Visitor Centre afterwards.

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


Wednesday 1 May 2019

Gender(s) at work: gendered experiences of work and career in HE

10:00am to 12:00pm, Elvet Riverside, Room 149

Ceiling, cliff, escalator, closet… Dr Kate Thomas presents her research on gender in university careers followed by an interactive workshop. Dr Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow and Athena SWAN Project Manager at Birmingham City University, UK.
Presentation: THE WORKPLACE: GLASSED AND GENDERED
Workshop: MAPPING CAREER IN HE

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


Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


The Ambassadorial Forum - The War in Yemen State Intervention and the Politics of Miscalculation

3:00pm to 4:45pm, Room 201, Al Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Join Francis Guy, Former UK Ambassador to Yemen 2001-2004 & Noel Guckian, Former UK Ambassador to Oman 2005-2011, for this round table discussion.

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


Thursday 2 May 2019

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

7:30pm to 7:30pm, Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College

‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’ is a musical by Ryan Scott Oliver based around photography.

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


Reckoning with the Past: The Qing Empire and the Opium War

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Lecture Room EH009, Elvet Hill House, Durham, DH1 3TH

An illustrated talk by Dr Joseph Lawson, Newcastle University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2018/19 series.

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


Friday 3 May 2019

Quantum matter and atomic clocks

4:30pm to 6:00pm, Room PH8, Physics Dept, Durham University
The Rochester lecture 2019
Professor Jun Ye of JILA, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Colorado will present this year's annual lecture.

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


Saturday 4 May 2019

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 5:00pm, Botanic Garden

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

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


Beekeeping Experience Day at St Mary's College

10:00am to 5:00pm, St Mary's College, Durham

Ever thought about beekeeping? Ever wondered about bees and honey? Come and join the St Mary's beekeeping team on the 4th of May for an unforgettable beekeeping experience day!

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


Japanese Children's Day

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

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day, make cool carp banners and dress up in kimonos.

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


Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Sunday 5 May 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Monday 6 May 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Tuesday 7 May 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Wednesday 8 May 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Thursday 9 May 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Saturday 11 May 2019

Make a Mummy

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

Find out the latest information about our Ancient Egyptian mummy and make your own mini mummy.

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


Tuesday 14 May 2019

The Print Before Photography with Antony Griffiths

5:45pm to 7:15pm, Town Hall, Durham

In this lecture Antony Griffiths, Britain’s most distinguished historian of print explains what early prints were, how they were made and how they were used.

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


Global Weirding: An Aesthetics of the Anthropocene - Prof. Eva Horn (University of Vienna)

6:00pm to 8:00pm, ER142 Elvet Riverside, DH1 3JT

Art/Literature "in the Anthropocene“ is currently a buzzword among scholars, artists, and curators. But what could an aesthetics of the Anthropocene mean, beyond mere thematic approaches to environmental degradation, climate change, or species loss? This talk by Professor Eva Horn, proposes that we think rather about form and modes of aesthetic experience in order to address a post-natural world of "global weirding".

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


Saturday 18 May 2019

Buddha's Birthday

12:00pm to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Celebrate the most important day in the Buddhist calendar and join us for crafts, meditation, talks on Buddhism and traditional Buddha Bathing. Suitable for all the family.
Come and see the Museum decorated in spectacular style with paper cranes and coloured lanterns. Enjoy our craft activities, a guided meditation and yoga session led by Buddhist practitioners, talks and a gallery trail and storytelling for children.

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


Tuesday 21 May 2019

Britain’s Secret Red Purge

5:45pm to 6:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Between the early 1920s and the late 1940s, the British government operated a large programme to identify, blacklist and dismiss suspected Communists working in HMG’s munitions factories, shipyards and scientific establishments. It was kept secret from British workers and the British public; it has remained so until now. This lecture tells the story and reflects on its implications for modern British history and contemporary politics.

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


Wednesday 22 May 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Thursday 23 May 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle is open to visitors by guided tour which averages 45-60 minutes.
There will be Guided tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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


Saturday 25 May 2019

Darling Dolls

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

To help celebrate Durham Pride and our new LGBTQ gallery trail, come and learn about the Japanese manga series 'Rozen-Maiden', a story about a bullied boy who finds help in the shape of some magical dolls. Make your doll to take home with you, although we can't promise it will be magical!

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


Wednesday 29 May 2019

Powerful Portraits

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

Spot some portraits in our new photography exhibition Homelands and create your own powerful portrait to take home.

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


Friday 31 May 2019

Joyful Jars

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

To help celebrate Durham Pride and our new LGBTQ gallery trail, come and learn about Pharaoh Hatshepsut. As the ruler of Ancient Egypt she wore her own... beard. Come and make your own and look at her perfume jar on display.

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


Saturday 8 June 2019

Stage and Screen Act 1

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

Music Durham Cathedral Concert
Save the date for the highlight of 2019’s musical programme, the annual Cathedral concert, featuring a fantastic line up of Durham student talent and, if that wasn’t exciting enough, special guest Sir Thomas Allen!

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


Monday 10 June 2019

MediaLit 19 - Exploring Digital Culture and its impact on the Christian Church

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers. Open to anyone interested in how digital culture is impacting the church around the world.

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


'What We Aren't Supposed to Talk About'

6:30pm to 9:00pm, Dowrick Suite, Trevelyan College

Pitch Production's presents 'What We Aren't Supposed to Talk About' a.k.a 'WASTA'.
This week 10-15 June is entirely dedicated to confronting a spectrum of topics, spanning both physical and mental health issues that are considered 'taboo; for individuals to discuss. It is about time we all embrace candid, non-judgemental discussion in a safe and open environment to shine a light on topics that continue to be overlooked in society. This is exactly what we envision the week of WASTA to achieve. The week includes a film night, conference, showcase evening and performances of 'Gutted' by Liz Richardson and Tara Robinson.

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


Stage and Screen Act 2 at Gala Durham

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

Music Durham Gala Concert
Following on from 'Stage and Screen Act 1', Music Durham move to the Gala theatre for to continue with a night of performances under the theme of ‘Stage and Screen Act 2'.

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


Friday 14 June 2019

Pitch Production's presents 'Gutted' by Liz Richardson and Tara Robinson

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

'Gutted' by Liz Richarson and Tara Robinson is a one-woman play, played by student Honor Halford-Macleod, building on the experiences of author Liz Richardson navigating her way through the inflammatory bowel disease Ulcerative Colitis, as well as exploring the personal shame that casts a shadow over individuals with related illnesses.

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


Tuesday 18 June 2019

Spare Room 2019

4:00pm to 9:00pm, The Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

The Assembly Rooms Theatre is excited for its upcoming black box studio space, a temporary venue for June 2019: The Spare Room.
Enjoy a programme of 9 shows over 3 days!

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


Sunday 30 June 2019

Durham Race for Life 5k 2019

11:00am to 1:00pm, St Leonards Sports Fields, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

This is a 5k for everyone. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose - to raise valuable funds for Cancer Research UK's life-saving research.

Contact rfl@cruk-raceforlife.co.uk for more information about this event.