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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.

Sunday 8 December 2019

Interface Arts presents 'East Meets West'

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

Interface Arts is a network for artists in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This exhibition showcases works influenced by both the Oriental Museum’s collections and Durham University’s contemporary Western Art collections.

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


Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks

10:00am to 5:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library

For the renowned north-eastern artist Norman Cornish MBE (1919-2014), sketching was second nature and an inherent part of his everyday life.
This exhibition of little seen sketchbooks will present a new dimension to the artist’s practice, focusing on his observations of life, landscapes, and family, revealing the inner artistic processes behind some of his most iconic works.

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


New Fitness Classes at Durham University

12:15pm to 2:20pm, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

With the opening of the new sports and wellness facilities - I would like to share the weekly additional classes on offer at Maiden Castle; including Yoga, Barre and Pilates

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


Durham - v- Loughborough: Men's Hockey

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Waterbased pitch
Men's Hockey League Div. 1 North
The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Loughborough Students! Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


DUCT presents: Nell Gwynn

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Vane Tempest, Dunelm House, Durham Students' Union

London, 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers.
Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain's most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the King.

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


Monday 9 December 2019

Pilates

12:05pm to 1:15pm, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Stretch and tone with a Pilates class:
Monday lunchtime 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Wednesday morning 10.30am - 11.30am

Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.

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


Tuesday 10 December 2019

Pope Pius XII's Christmas Messages: A Dialogue in Mid-Century Catholic Social Thought

5:30pm to 7:45pm, Ushaw College

Dr Anna Rowlands will offer a reading of Pius's Christmas messages in the context of wider Catholic attempts to rethink social teaching in a context of crisis in 1940s. Drawing on the work of Simone Weil and Joseph Pieper, the lecture will explore potential ways we might engage and develop such mid-century thought in our own context. More details and registration available here

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


New Art Music Ensemble Concert

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College

Join the New Art Music Ensemblefor the first concert of their ambitious 2019/20 season! Features a range of contemporary classical music from composers Michael Pisaro, Jürg Frey, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, James Saunders, and Michael Torke.

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


Wednesday 11 December 2019

Yoga

7:15am to 8:00am, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Enjoy an early morning Yoga Class in our new Sports and Wellbeing Park, every Wednesday until Christmas.
Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.


Barre Exercise class

9:30am to 10:30am, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Try a Barre class on a Wednesday morning, just one of the fitness classes held in the newly extended and refurbished Maiden Castle Sports and Wellbring Park facilities.
Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.

Another Barre Class takes place on Wednesday mornings, 9.30am - 10.30am


Wednesday Pilates

10:30am to 11:30am, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Take a Pilates class at Maiden Castle this morning, or join the alternative class on Minday lunchtime 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.


Layton Dialogue - 'Is violence at the heart of human-wildlife coexistence?'

3:00pm to 5:00pm, D110, Dawson Building

A Dialogue between: Dr Juno Salazar Parreñas, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Ohio State University. Prof Catherine Hill, Professor in Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University.
With Discussant: Dr Ben Cambpell, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Durham University.

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


Silk Roads: Creating a New Gallery for the Oriental Museum

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Lecture Room EH009, Elvet Hill House

An illustrated talk by Rachel Barclay, Curator of the Oriental Museum. Open to all.

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


Notes from a Midwinter's Night

7:30pm to 9:30pm, St. Margret's Church

Voices choir Christmas concert filled with carols, hymns, and secular songs- even some acapella. Our repertoire includes: John Rutter's Star Carol, Berlioz's Shepherd's Farewell, and Wells and Tormé's The Christmas Song. So, come along and get into the Christmas spirit, when at last it’s actually December, and enjoy our range of Christmas songs as well as a few nice mince pies and other refreshments!

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


Sita

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

In a white dining room a child is bored at a dinner party. The child takes the adult into the magical story of the Ramayana, using household props, coloured lights and paints, the white boring dinner party is gradually destroyed.
Performed shortly after Diwali, Sita will take you on a journey of Indian mythology and culture.


Thursday 12 December 2019

Barre exercise class every Thursday

12:15pm to 1:15pm, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Join a Barre exercise class this lunchtime or try a session on Wednesdays at 9.30am
Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.


Jazzy Christmas

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Students' Union Riverside Bar & Cafe

This is Durham University Big Band's annual charity gig. Free entry!! This year we will be supporting The Bridge Young Carers Project. Doors at 7:00pm. Gig at 7:30pm

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


Friday 13 December 2019

12 Days till Christmas: Durham University Concert and Brass Bands' Christmas Concert

7:30pm to 10:10pm, Durham Town Hall

Join Durham University Concert Band and Durham University Brass Band for their annual joint Christmas Concert in Durham's atmospheric Town Hall. An evening of everyone's favourite Christmas tunes, with festive refreshments included, we guarantee this will get you in the Christmas spirit!


Saturday 14 December 2019

Powerful Puzzles

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

See a Chinese puzzle ball on display so complicated, it was known as 'the devil's work' - then craft your own fiendish puzzle to take home.

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


WBBL Durham Palatinates - v - Nottingham Wildcats

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Sports hall

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Nottingham Wildcats!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


Saturday 21 December 2019

Christmas Around the World

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

Find out how Christmas is celebrated around the world and make your own Christmas decorations to take home.

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


WBBL Durham Palatinates -v- Cardiff Met Archers

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Sports hall

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Cardiff Met Archers!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


Saturday 4 January 2020

Fabulous Fans

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

Fans mean a lot more than just keeping cool. Explore the fans on display then make your own.

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


Saturday 11 January 2020

Brilliant Bird Mummies

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

Come and see the mummified Ancient Egyptian bird on display and make your own mini mummy.

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


WOMENS BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE 2019-20

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Sports hall

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Oaklands Wolves!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


Saturday 18 January 2020

Beautiful Butterflies

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

See a Japanese kimono decorated with butterflies and make your own beautiful butterfly suncatcher.

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


Saturday 25 January 2020

Crowdcraft: The Year of the Rat

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

2020 is the Lunar New Year of the Rat! Get ready for the festivities and make Chinese lanterns and paper cuts to decorate the Museum, ready for our Lantern Festival in February!

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


Durham Choral Society January Concert

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

Programme to include Faure's Requiem and Woods' This Joyous Night.

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


Saturday 1 February 2020

INVESTEC WOMENS HOCKEY LEAGUE DIVISION NORTH 1

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Waterbased pitch

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Belper!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


Sunday 9 February 2020

MENS HOCKEY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Waterbased pitch

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


Saturday 15 February 2020

INVESTEC WOMENS HOCKEY LEAGUE DIVISION NORTH 1

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Waterbased pitch

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


WOMENS BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE 2019-20

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Sports hall

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Essex Rebels!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


Saturday 22 February 2020

INVESTEC WOMENS HOCKEY LEAGUE DIVISION NORTH 1

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Waterbased pitch

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Brooklands-Poynton!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


Saturday 29 February 2020

A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

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

A British Museum touring exhibition illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas pushing the medium in new directions.

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


WOMENS BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE 2019-20

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Sports hall

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Leicester Riders!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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


Saturday 7 March 2020

INVESTEC WOMENS HOCKEY LEAGUE DIVISION NORTH 1

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle, Waterbased pitch

The Durham Palatinates are back on the field this weekend to take on their rivals, Ben-Rhydding!
Come down to the Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle to support your Palatinates - everyone welcome!

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