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What's On

Family and Community

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

Sunday 14 February 2016

On the Threshold II: Formal Presence

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

29 January - 19 May 2016
This exhibition aims to present the meaning of our existence in a post-internet society and the lived experience of different cultures mainly through the mediums of painting and photography while exploring the use of colour.

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


Signs of Spring

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden
1 February - 31 March
Pick up an Explorer Activity Pack from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden. (Subject to availability.)

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


Monday 15 February 2016

Lunar New Year - Year of the Monkey

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Monday 5 - Sunday 21 February
Celebrate the start of the 2016 Chinese Lunar New Year and have fun with self-led monkey-themed crafts and activities.

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


Hina Matsuri

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Monday 15 February - Wednesday 3 March
See the Oriental Museum\'s complete set of traditional Japanese Hina Matsuri dolls, only displayed for a short time each year in the run up to Hina Matsuri - the Dolls Festival - on 3rd March.

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


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. There\'s no need to book, just drop in!

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


No Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 1:15pm

Durham Castle is closed today for a student event.

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


"The Durham World Heritage Site: Developing Our Next 6-Year Plan"

6:00pm, Education Room, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham
Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series - 30th Anniversary Celebrations
Jane Gibson, the Durham's World Heritage Site co-ordinator, presents the first lecture in a new series to mark the 30th anniversary of the Durham World Heritage Site. In this fascinating lecture, Jane will discuss some of the challenges of managing the site and ask for feedback will help launch our public consultation, which will start off this spring.

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


Culture and Health: What's the evidence?

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre

Evidence on Trial Public Lecture
In this talk, Professor Helen Chatterjee, University College London, will explore the impact of cultural engagement on health and wellbeing, with a focus on museums. There is a growing evidence base which suggests that cultural participation enhances human health and wellbeing.

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


Tuesday 16 February 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, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Family Fun Tour of Durham Castle

2:15pm to 3:15pm, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries.

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


Cities of Knowledge and The Role of Universities: evidence from practice

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
Professor Tim May, University of Salford delivers this lecture drawing upon experiences of working in and for universities, research funders and the public and private sectors which informs its focus upon enhancing collaborations between cities and their universities.

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


Rescuing Shakespeare: ‘King Lear’ and Its Textual Contexts

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library (PGL) Learning Centre - Palace Green
The Life of Texts
In this lecture David Fuller will consider the nature of Shakespeare’s early printed texts, examine afresh the evidence for the theory of authorial revision, particularly in the case of King Lear, and discuss the current editorial orthodoxy in relation to the practice of conflation – issues of consequence for readers and theatre-goers alike, because they affect how Shakespeare is presented in book form and on stage and film.

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


Wednesday 17 February 2016

Teacup Travels Special - The Jade Flute

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

As seen on Cbeebies! Discover an amazing jade flute from China like Charlotte and Elliot and make your own working flute.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle
Wednesday 17 - Monday 29 February
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.


Conceptions of Mental Health: An interdisciplinary discussion

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Fisher House Café, Ustinov College
The Ustinov Seminar
Across time and different cultures the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions has greatly varied. This seminar hosts speakers from anthropology, medicine and community support organisations to explore current conceptions of mental health.

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


Thursday 18 February 2016

Rewriting Childhood: Science, Education and the graphic foundations of knowledge

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
The history of childhood has become an important field of study in recent years. In this lecture, Dr Matthew Eddy, Durham University, seeks to develop and extend the material and visual history of childhood by focusing on the kinds of graphic evidence made or used by children in British educational settings from circa 1760 to 1820.

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


Free Speech at University: How expressive can you be?

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Fisher House Café, Ustinov College
Café Politique
Join representatives from three of Durham University’s most reputable student organisations to discuss questions about student politics and freedom of speech, hoping to gain insight into contemporary university culture.

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


Soul Music by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Imogen Eddleston

7:30pm to 7:30pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre

Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th February
In Ooook Productions latest presentation Death has gone missing, a sixteen year-old girl has taken over his job, a seductively sinister guitar has attached itself to an unwitting bard and ‘music with rocks in’ is sweeping Ankh-Morpork. What could possibly go wrong?

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


Friday 19 February 2016

Magnificent Mummies

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

Start the process of mummifying a banana and decorate an Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.

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


Saturday 20 February 2016

Ustinov Foundation Colouring Event

11:00am to 1:00pm, Fisher House Café

Take a break from your studies with the Ustinov Foundation and colour in a logo for your chance to win a prize, relieve stress or just to hang out. One lucky winner may also be selected to have their logo on the Ustinov Foundation’s business card!

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


Viking Jewellery

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 February
The Vikings made beautiful jewellery. Come along and have a go at making your own piece for yourself or as a present.

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


Glittering like Gold

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

Explore the fabulous collection of jewellery on display in the museum\'s galleries and then create your own necklace or bracelet bling to wear with pride.

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


Monday 22 February 2016

Lunar New Year Lantern Festival - Year of the Monkey

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

A special late night opening at the Oriental Museum to mark the Lunar New Year Lantern Festival. For one night only see the Museum lit by lanterns. Try fantastic crafts, sample delicious New Year food and drink, listen to stories and take part in a gallery hunt. First 100 children receive a free lantern!

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


Tuesday 23 February 2016

Secrets Unlocked: Locks and Keys from Instruments to Symbols of Early Modern Secrecy

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

IMEMS Seminar
Professor Ingrid de Smet (University of Warwick) will deliver the seminar as part of a larger book project on the material culture on Early Modern secrecy: it will examine the notion of secrecy in technical discussions of locksmithing as well as the literary and emblematic symbolism attached to locks and keys.

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


Can there be Intuitive Evidence?

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Senate Suite, University College, Durham Castle

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
In contemporary culture we invariably think that our beliefs and our knowledge should be solely based on objective evidence: the sort of evidence that science studies and produces; the sort that is, as the OED puts it, “available”, meaning that it is accessible to anyone under the right circumstances. In this talk Dr David Macarthur, University of Sydney, Australia, aims to argue that we have allowed this scientific conception of objective evidence to obscure another important category of evidence from view.

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


Wednesday 24 February 2016

Durham World Heritage Site Research Strategy Launch Event

1:00pm to 6:00pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library
This launch event will provide an opportunity for interested researchers to discuss the priorities for research identified in the Durham World Heritage Site Strategy and aims to provide a space for the initial discussions which will lead to future research projects and funding proposals for them.

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


Harry Potter Children's Party

3:30pm to 5:00pm, Heighington Room, Stephenson College, Thornaby, TS17 6JZ
Harry Potter themed party for Primary School aged children (6-11 years old). Come along to our FREE event and enjoy an afternoon of magical games and wizarding crafts with your fellow witches and wizards (refreshments provided).

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


Transgender Histories: From Sickness to Citizenship

7:45pm to 9:30pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle

Castle Lecture Series 2015/16
Professor Susan Stryker,
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona.
This talk reviews the history of transgender identities and social movements from the late 19th through early 21st centuries. It discusses the pathologization of trans people through a sexological science, the emergence of new techniques for body modification in the early twentieth century, the tremendous explosion of transsexual visibility in the post-World War II years, transgender counter-cultural movements in the 1960s, and the backlash against trans liberation politics after the 1970s.


Thursday 25 February 2016

Sublime tourism, Enlightened science, and counter-revolution: three versions of Vesuvius and Pompeii in the age of Romanticism

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Fisher House, Ustinov College

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
Why was there such a fascination with Vesuvius and Pompeii in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? In this lecture Professor John Brewer, California Institute for Technology, examines the fraught struggles between religion and science, Revolutionary and counter-Revolutionary ideologies that shaped perceptions of and reactions to Vesuvian violence and the slow uncovering of the cities buried in the famous volcanic eruption of AD 79.
This lecture is free and open to all.

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


An Evening of Indian Imagination

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Wolfson Gallery, Palace Green Library, Durham
Musicon Concert Series
Enjoy this performance by leading Indian musicians
Ranjani Ramanchandran voice
Shahbaz Hussain table
Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla harmonium

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


Saturday 27 February 2016

Beautiful Buddha

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

Find out about the story of Buddha and the famous Bodhi tree, then make your own tree to take home.

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


DUPO Concert in Castle Great Hall

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle

Join the Palatinate Orchestra for their second term concert in the magnificent Castle Great Hall. Highlights include Debussy\'s \'Rapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra\' and Rachmaninov\'s \'Isle of the Dead\'.

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


Monday 29 February 2016

Evidence and Enlightenment

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre

Evidence on Trial Public Lecture
The field of “secular studies” has grown by leaps and bounds over the past twenty years. Covering everything from the sociology of church attendance and affiliation in Britain, to Indian and Egyptian political arrangements, to the politics of the body in the United States, secular studies ask important questions about power, personhood, epistemology, and even ontology in the contemporary world. This talk by Professor Matthew Engelke, London School of Economics, is a contribution to secular studies, from an anthropological perspective. Its point of departure is the observation that for all the ways in which secular studies have advanced our understandings of modernity and its discontents, greater attention to the several ways in which “evidence” figures within them is both necessary and salutary.

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


Wednesday 2 March 2016

'The Future of Primary Care' : Where are we headed and what can be done?

5:30pm to 8:00pm, The Tees Suite, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton TS17 6BH
The Rodger Thornham Memorial Lecture 2016
Professor Martin Roland (RAND Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge) will deliver this lecture.

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


Thursday 3 March 2016

Cutting-edge Computation and Scientific Evidence Workshop

9:00am to 5:00pm, Lakeside Dining Room, Van Mildert College
This workshop is part of the IAS theme 2015/16: Evidence

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


Saturday 5 March 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

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

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their skills in the garden.

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


Brilliant Books

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March
Celebrate World Book Day by making a notebook to create your own brilliant book.

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


Let's get arty!

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

Discover the Oriental Museum's fantastic new Japanese contemporary art exhibition and create your own masterpiece using traditional Japanese art materials.

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


Chamber Choir - Rachmaninoff Vespers

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Chapter House, Durham Cathedral
Join the University’s finest vocal ensemble: the University Chamber Choir, in the atmospheric surroundings of Durham Cathedral Chapter House for what promises to be an unforgettable experience - a concert not to miss!

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


Tuesday 8 March 2016

Breathing in Context: Historical and cross-cultural perspectives on breath

11:00am to 4:00pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 March
This interdisciplinary two day symposium, organised by the Centre for Medical Humanities and Anthropology Department at Durham University as part of the Life of Breath project, offers an exciting platform to explore, discuss and gain insight into the perception and experience of breath and breathing practices both historically and cross-culturally.

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


Chemical Youth: understanding the chemical lives of young people through participatory action research methods

5:00pm to 6:30pm, ER141, Elvet Riverside 1

What do chemical and pharmaceutical substances, legal and illicit, ‘do’ for youth? Drug use makes sense for young people in all sorts of ways as they go about their everyday lives and the Chemical Youth project aims at developing and strengthening bottom-up harm reduction strategies.

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


'Gender and Authenticity in the Medieval Cult of Relics” -

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

IMEMS Seminar
Professor Julia Smith (University of Glasgow) will deliver the seminar assessing the role of women as privileged witnesses to the trustworthiness of relics in the wider context the situational construction of their authenticity.

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


International Women's Day Concert

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department, Palace Green
A free concert celebrating the creativity of female musicians throughout the ages. All the works performed will be conducted/directed by female students from the University.

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


Wednesday 9 March 2016

A Tobacco-Free New Zealand by 2025? (No Smoking Day Lecture)

5:00pm to 6:30pm, Room ER142, Elvet Riverside 1

To mark No Smoking Day, health and behaviour specialist Dr Marewa Glover, Massey University, will reflect on her successes and challenges in the fight against tobacco smoking in New Zealand.

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


The Search for Order: Hindu-Muslim Violence in Post-Partition India

7:45pm to 9:30pm, Great Hll, Durham Castle

Castle Lecture Series 2015/16
Professor Stuart Corbridge Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University
In the Twenty-First Century, Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan has cautioned economists and some other social scientists against taking physicists, rather than biologists or historians, as models to emulate. In this talk Prof Corbridge reflects on quantification and model-building in the social sciences and consider its strengths and limitations in the particular case of models of ethnic violence and specifically Hindu-Muslim violence in post-Partition India. He will close by returning to Kagan and reflecting more generally on questions of Difference and the Search for Order in contemporary social science.


Friday 11 March 2016

DUOS American Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Join the Symphony and Chamber orchestra in Durham’s Gala Theatre for a concert packed with American Music, including Copland\'s Appalachian Spring and Bernstein\'s Symphonic Dances.

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


Saturday 12 March 2016

Accessible Tours at the Oriental Museum - touch, listen, discuss

12:30pm to 4:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Enjoy one of our accessible tours today as part of Disabled Access Day. Accessible tours are FREE of charge and last around one hour. Guides and carers are welcome to attend the tours. Service animals are welcome.

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


Hooray for Hats

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

Explore hats and crowns from Ancient Egypt, China, Japan and India and decorate your own fabulous hat to take home.

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


Prehistoric Pictures

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

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 March
Be inspired by our ancient ancestors and create a modern version of cave art in this weekend\'s family craft activity.

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


The art of Tracy Levine - St Mary's College Art Exhibition

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Kenworthy Hall

Saturday 12 - Thursday 24 March
Private view, open to all 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Saturday 12 March, all welcome.
Tracy Levine is an award-winning contemporary painter and print-maker, inspired by the landscape of the South Lakes area of Cumbria where she lives. The exhibition will be in College until 24 March and can be viewed by appontment.

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


Monday 14 March 2016

Evidence and Victim Experience in Sexual and Domestic Violence cases: The approach of the feminist judge.

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
Professor Heather Douglas, University of Queensland, Australia, will deliver this lecture.
One of the enduring problems with the legal process identified by feminist legal scholars is the way women’s evidence of sexual violence is excluded, marginalised and disbelieved. Myths and stereotypes have developed around ‘real rape’. Legal rules were developed, initially by judges, which reflected and sustained these myths and stereotypes.

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


Tuesday 15 March 2016

The Speaking Corpse: the dead body's evidence and the forensic imaginary

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
Dr Zoe Crossland, Columbia University will deliver this lecture. The dead body is said to speak truthfully about its past. Popular texts about forensic investigations often describe skeletons as “witnesses from the grave”, or claim that bones can speak to those who are qualified to listen. In this lecture Dr Zoe Crossland explores how the evidence of the dead is imagined in mass-market novels and memoirs written by forensic anthropologists.

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


Friday 18 March 2016

Conference: Evidence. Accessing the Past: Evidence of Artefacts

10:00am to 4:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham University

Friday 18 - Saturday 19 March 2016
The Artefacts Research Group, Archaeology Department, Durham University has organised a two-day conference within Institute of Advanced Studies ‘Evidence’ theme. This conference draws together interdisciplinary approaches to uncover and explore evidence from artefacts from a wide variety of speakers.
The presentations will be interspersed with mediated roundtables to debate the evidence obtained through different strategies, including technical analysis, aesthetic and intellectual analysis, and examine how such evidence can be evaluated and communicated.

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


Saturday 19 March 2016

Light the Lamps

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

Make a traditional Chinese paper lantern in today's craft activity.

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


Crowning Glory

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 March
Use our crowns to make your own a festive hat to celebrate Easter.

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


Sunday 20 March 2016

Holi Festival

12:00pm to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Welcome the spring season to Durham with a special Holi festival! The event will include timed powder throws, with a free environmentally and skin-kind powder sachet of brightly coloured Holi powder for each participant.

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


Tuesday 22 March 2016

Emerging Threats and Challenges in Global Health

10:00am to 5:00pm, Departmetn of Earth Sciences, Durham University
North-East Global Health Network 2016 Symposium
As well as presentations and discussion on the topic of emerging challenges in global health, the meeting offers an opportunity to network with gloabl health researchers from across the North East.

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


Friday 25 March 2016

Easter Holiday Fun

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Good Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April
There will be trails and crafts going on every day of the school holidays, making the Oriental Museum the perfect place for a family day out.

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


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.


Traditional Crafts Weekend

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

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 March
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their skills in the garden.

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


Saturday 26 March 2016

Super Samurai

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

Discover the history of samurai warriors in Japan, see the full suit of armour and create your own Japanese style sword.

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


Egg-stra Special Eggs

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

Nothing says Easter like eggs! Come along and decorate your own egg to take home in time for Easter.

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


Sunday 27 March 2016

13th Easter Chick Hunt

10:00am to 2:00pm, Botanic Garden
Easter Sunday 27 & Bank Holiday Monday 28 March
Easter chicks are believed to be hiding in the garden. Come along and see how many you can spot in this fun family event. 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.


Tuesday 29 March 2016

Easter Sport Camps Queen's Campus, Stockton

9:00am to 5:00pm, Queen's Campus Sport Centre
Sport camps for children aged 7-11 years old, involving fun multi-sport games, sport crafts and fun activities. All activities are led by qualified sport staff at the centre who will make sure your children have fun in a safe environment.

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


Wednesday 27 April 2016

Life and Evolution, as Physics

7:45pm to 8:00pm, Great hall, Durham Castle

Castle Lecture Series 2015/16
Professor Adrian Bejan J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University.
In this lecture Prof Bejan draws attention to the theoretical work that places the phenomenon of evolution and life in physics, the biological and the geophysical realms together. He show that all evolutionary forms of flow organization are in accord with and can be predicted by the physics law that governs evolution in nature: the constructal law. He focuses on us. We are evolving as the “human & machine species.”


Wednesday 4 May 2016

Why the World Does Not Exist

7:45pm to 9:30pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle

Castle Lecture Series 21015/16
Prof Dr Markus Gabriel Chair for Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Director of the International Centre for Philosophy, University of Bonn
Prof Gabrial will argue that there is no such thing as a unified absolute totality of everything which exists. The world – in the sense of an all-encompassing entity or domain – does not exist. This undermines the very idea of a worldview, be it scientific, religious or metaphysical and therefore has important consequences for our culture.


Wednesday 18 May 2016

Everything from Nothing, or How our Universe was Made

7:45pm to 9:30pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle

Castle Lecture Series 2015/16
Professor Carlos Frenk Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics, and Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC), Durham University; Principal Investigator of the Virgo Consortium.
Cosmology confronts some of the most fundamental questions in the whole of science. How and when did our universe begin? What is it made of? How did galaxies and other structures form? There has been enormous progress in the past few decades towards answering these questions. For example, recent observations have established that our universe contains an unexpected mix of components: ordinary atoms, exotic dark matter and a new form of energy called dark energy.


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.


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