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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.

Saturday 23 February 2019

Jesus Christ Superstar

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College.

Castle Theatre Company present Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal rock musical about psychological breakdown and the cult of celebrity in the final week of Jesus' life.

Contact rebecca.l.brookes2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


KEITH: Why did the chicken cross the road?

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Dowrick Suite, Trevelyan College, Durham

KEITH, Durham University’s newest sketch comedy troupe, is back after a highly successful autumn with their new show ‘KEITH: Why did the chicken cross the road?’
Nothing is off limits; from nursery rhymes to the Berlin Wall, KEITH refuses to hold back.

Contact andrew.cowburn@dur.ac.uk for more information about this event.


How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

7:45pm to 10:30pm, Trevelyan College, Durham

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, this show boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser including "I Believe in You," "Brotherhood of Man," and "The Company Way."

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


"Die Fledermaus"

7:30pm to 11:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Durham Opera Ensemble present an English translation of Strauss' ever popular opera "Die Fledermaus". An easy watch for both new and returning opera fans alike, “Die Fledermaus” is a fun and light-hearted show, and a great way to introduce new - particularly young - theatre-goers to opera.

Contact hamish.r.garland@durham.ac.uk; rosie.burgering@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.


Curious About Durham

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham City Centre, starts Durham Cathedral

Have fun discovering Durham with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
Buy in booklet or instant download format (to use on your mobile device or to print at home) from www.curiousabout.co.uk/durham and explore in your own time. One booklet is enough for four people of all ages to enjoy.
Enter code 'WhatsOn20' at checkout for a 20% discount on any two or more purchases.

Contact sue.jennings@curiousabout.co.uk for more information about this event.


Catch Your Breath Exhibition

10:00am to 4:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library, Durham

Catch Your Breath is a new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music, the exhibition combines new artist commissions with objects from the Durham University collections and beyond to discover new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing.


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.


A (geophysical) journey to the centre of the Earth

10:30am to 12:00pm, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Saturday morning science
Join Dr Phil Heron, Department of Earth Sciences, for this geophysical journey. We stand on a surface that is moving about as quickly as your fingernails grow. The theory of plate tectonics describes this motion and explains activities like earthquakes and mountain ranges. Over the years, we have been able to illuminate deep below the surface to discover mega structures and complex layering where the impact of plate tectonics is far reaching! We will take a geophysical jounrey to the centre of our dynamic Earth to explore how the planet's slowly moving surface dramatically influences (and can be influenced by) the evolving landscape deep beneath our feet. After the talk, we'll have a super poster session on super-volcanoes and the supercontinent cycle!


Super Swords

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

Explore the swords on display and make your own super sword to take home.

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


Sunday 24 February 2019

Comedyfest (ft. Cambridge Footlights & Oxford Revue)

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Three universities. Three troupes. One night.
The Durham Revue are joined by the world-famous Cambridge Footlights and esteemed Oxford Revue for a night of rib-tickling absurdity with the three biggest names in student wit.

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


Monday 25 February 2019

Little Bookworms

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

Our weekly under 5s group explores 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. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session.
There's no need to book, just drop in! £1 per child, accompanying adults free!


Catch Your Breath Lunchtime Tour

1:00pm to 1:45pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Join the Exhibition Team and Life of Breath Project Members on this lunchtime tour around our winter exhibition Catch Your Breath.

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


'Heating the Human Climate'

6:00pm to 7:30pm, CCG083, Chemistry Building.
Centre for Cultural Ecologies Public Lecture
Dr. Sally Weintrobe will speak about the complex psychology underlying our responses to climate change: how do denial and disavowal function, and how do we learn to care?

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


Tuesday 26 February 2019

'Communio Fidelium, Communio Ecclesiarum, Communio Episcoporum: Representation in Synodal Structures'

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2019
Prof. Myriam Wijlens will give tis public talk, all welcome. More information and registration are available via www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk
Registration deadline: 10am on Tuesday 19 February.

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


Wednesday 27 February 2019

Tours of Durham Castle

1:00pm to 3:00pm, 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 3.15pm.

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


Soloists

1:15pm to 2:00pm, Music Department Concert Room, Palace Green
Music Durham Lunchtime Concert #17
Join us in the Music Department Concert for this week’s lunchtime concert featuring cellist Gabriel Francis-Dehqani, Mathilde Rouhi on harp, and vocalist Richie Johnsen.

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


DEI Public Lecture: The Nuclear Element

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE

The talk focuses on why nuclear power plays an important role as a power generator in the current energy mix, an overview and update on Hinkley Point C new nuclear build and possible follow up projects at Sizewell, Bradwell, Anglesey (Wylfa) and West Cumbria (Moorside). What is the rest of the world doing with existing Nuclear power generation and future policy and plans.

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


DULOG presents: Into the Woods

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mark Hillery Arts Center, Collingwood College, Durham

A childless baker and his wife endeavour to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchy "mother"), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.'

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


Can We Solve the Migration Crisis?

8:00pm to 9:30pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecture
Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Join her for this public lecture where she asks can we solve tHe migratin crisis? All are welcome.

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


Thursday 28 February 2019

Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content

1:00pm to 1:30pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Led by Dr Jessica Wiese, Yoga Teacher (BDY/EYU & REPs UK), Stress Reduction Trainer (GKM), and Psychologist
Pranayama, the yogic practice of using the breath, invites you to be mindful of life's most important function: breathing. Breath is life.
Join this 10 week course.

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


Small solutions for big problems: Nanoscience contributing to artificial photosynthesis

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov College, Sheraton Park, Durham
IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
Professor Jurriaan Huskens (University of Twente) examines the challenges of involved in creasting efficient solar fuel devices. This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Adding Smoke to Breath

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library (The Courtyard Cafe)

In thius talk, Dr Andrew Russell, Associate Professor of Anthropology (Durham University) and Co-Investigator on the Life of Breath project, will focus on the history of tobacco smoking and the consequences, acknowledged and unacknowledged, of adding smoke to breath in this way.

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


'The Best Little Wh*rehouse in Texas' by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson and Carol Hall.

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Fonteyn Ballroom, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House

Feather Theatre Company is proud to present this racy, though provoking, and relevant musical. 'The good people of Gilbert have valued their local wh*rehouse, ‘The Chicken Ranch’, for years. However, the narcissistic television personality, Melvin Thorpe, is hell-bent on shutting it down. Will he succeed in his moral crusade of destroying 'The best little whorehouse in Texas'?

Contact elizabeth.strahan@durhamac.uk for more information about this event.


The Intercollegiate Musical Showcase 2019

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green Durham

Music Durham presents the first event of its kind! From folk to funk, the evening will feature a huge variety of musical genres, performed by groups from an equally wide range of Durham University Colleges! FREE ENTRY.

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


Friday 1 March 2019

Dismantling Race In Higher Education” (Talk Followed By Ideathon On “Making Durham University More Inclusive

12:00pm to 2:00pm, PCL048 (Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre), Law, Palatine Centre, Durham

Talk and discussion organised by Durham BAME and Durham Sociology Department
In this event, Dr Jason Arday from Roehampton University and Prof Heidi Mirza from University of London, will be discussing topics included in their new book "Dismantling Race in Higher Education"

This will be followed by open discussion and brainstorming of ideas on how to challenge and disrupte racial inequality within higher education and specific actions that we can recommend to be put in place in Durham at 1.00pm. This will be a chance to share ideas on how to move forward the Diversity and Inclusion agenda in DU

Book Tickets Here.

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


Saturday 2 March 2019

Celebrate Japanese Hina Matsuri

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

See our complete set of traditional Hina Matsuri dolls, only displayed for a short time each year, in the run up to the Hina Matsuri, and create your own Emperor and Empress dolls to take home.

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


Footsteps on a Small Island

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

Join Durham University Chamber Choir for a journey across the British Isles as they explore works by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries hailing from all corners of the country.

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


Wednesday 6 March 2019

Breath as an Anchor - Mindfulness Drop-In Session

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Whilst our body is reliably in the present, the mind can be off in memories of the past or fantasies of the future. By bringing awareness to our breath and using it as an anchor during times of stress and anxiety, we can begin to retrain ourselves to become less caught up in the habit of following our thoughts and emotions. We can learn to find an awareness of the present and develop a less autopilot state of mind to engage fully with what is happening in our lives.

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


Research Seminar: Studies of discourse in undergraduate biology

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Room ED134, School of Education, Durham University

A seminar from Dr Andy Cavegnetto, a Visiting Fellow at the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Durham Quintet

1:15pm to 2:00pm, Music Department Concert Room, Palace Green
Music Durham Lunchtime Concert #18
Join us in the Music Department Concert Room for this week's lunchtime concert, featuring the Durham Quintet

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


From swamps to smog: exploring historic theories about the effects of air on health

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre) . Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Dr Danielle Westerhof – Rare Books Librarian, will give this public talk. Air pollution is a major issue nowadays: pollutants and chemical particles are known to cause a range of life-threatening diseases, such as asbestosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For many people the air they breathe is potentially lethal.

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


Friday 8 March 2019

Breeze Durham cycle ride for International Women's Day

2:00pm to 3:30pm, White Church Cafe

A short inclusive cycle around the riverbanks of Durham to celebrate International Women's Day. THe event is organised by Breeze Network Durham and is open to al.

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


Saturday 9 March 2019

Hooray for Horus

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

Find out about the Ancient Egyptian god Horus and his friends Anubis and Hathor and make an Egyptian amulet.

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


'TERRORISM' by the Presnyakov Brothers, Presented by Suffragette Theatre Company

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Durham Union Debating Chamber, Palce Green, Durham

A passenger waiting for an aeroplane. A couple playing sex games. A tyrannical office employer. A pair of bigoted grandmothers. A barrack of passionate soldiers. For these people, everyday life passes blindly by. But these apparently random scenes are linked by an almost invisible thread, subtly indicating that we bear responsibility for one another even in our soulless urban limbo.

Blending satirical wit with increasingly disturbing narratives, The Presnyakov Brothers expose the terror beneath everyday modern life. Are any of us truly innocent?

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


Sunday 10 March 2019

Orchestra North East Concert: 'A Russian Gala'

3:00pm to 5:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Works of Tchaikovsky, Glinka, and Borodin, with soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (violin).

Contact boxoffice@durham.gov.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 11 March 2019

Breathtaking Books & Inspiring Incunabula

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre), Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Elaborating on the themes of our special winter exhibition Catch Your Breath, our Librarians and Archivists delve into a wide range of topics in this FREE event. Come and see a display of delights – from music manuscripts to medical illustrations – that will take your breath away.

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


Truth and Politics: Have the Two Become Estranged?

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre

The Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics invite you to attend this event.
Ilan Baron (author of How to Save Politics in a Post-Truth Era) and Keith Kahn-Harris (author of Denial: The Unspeakable Truth) consider how far truth is under threat in contemporary politics. How might it be possible to find a place for facts within a political economy of desire? And how might it be possible to understand truth critically without descending into total relativism?

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


Wednesday 13 March 2019

Hatfield Music Society

1:15pm to 2:00pm, Music Department Concert Room, Palace Green

Music Durham Lunchtime Concert #19
Join us for the penultimate lunchtime concert of term featuring Hatfield Music Society.

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


Impending Crises? The World Ruled by Three Women

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Lecture Room EH009, Elvet Hill House, Durham, DH1 3TH

Friends of the Oriental Museum Lecture Series
An illustrated talk by Professor Keith Pratt. For 21 years in the late 19th Century the inhabitants of the British Empire, the Chinese Empire, and the kingdom of Korea were all ruled by women. How did this unique situation come about and what were the results of their remarkable lives?
This lecture is open to all. Lectures are free to Friends. For visitors the cost is £3 (£1 concession).

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


Friday 15 March 2019

Catch Your Breath Lunchtime Tour

1:00pm to 1:45pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Join the Exhibition Team and Life of Breath Project Members on this lunchtime tour around our winter exhibition Catch Your Breath. Find out first-hand how we have brought together medical history, philosophy, art, literature, and music.

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


Hill Orchestra Spring Concert: A Celestial Voyage

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

Join The Hill Orchestra as they take you on a voyage through the musical history of space travel and exploration to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The programme includes sci-fi film and television classics such as Doctor Who and Star Wars, leading into Debussy’s elegant ‘Claire de Lune’ and the dramatic ‘Mars’ from Holst’s Planet Suite. This celestial programme will conclude with Dvorak’s exquisite ‘New World Symphony’, containing famous themes which you are guaranteed to recognise.

Contact Please contact Jessica Baker at hill.orchestra.society@durham.ac.uk for any queries! for more information about this event.


Saturday 16 March 2019

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lande Durham

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

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


Great Games

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

Find out about Chinese games and make a spillikins game to take home in today's family friendly craft activity.

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


Sunday 17 March 2019

'25 & Counting' by Florence Petrie

4:00pm to 8:30pm, Leech Hall, St John's College

Pitch Productions presents this original student-written play following the lives of 5 young women living in London. ‘True friendship is to understand and to be understood’ for Fearn, Pia, Olivia and Lauren this has fallen by the wayside. Can something really be fixed if it was already broken?

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


Saturday 23 March 2019

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.


Saturday 30 March 2019

Beautiful Bunnies

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

See our super cool Japanese rabbit on display and make your own rabbit puppet.

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


Saturday 6 April 2019

Durham Singers: Spem in Alium

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

A rare opportunity to hear Thomas Tallis's magnificent 40-part "Spem in Alium", one of the greatest pieces of choral music ever written, performed in Durham Cathedral, along with Howell's Requiem, other motets by Tallis and partsongs by Vaughan Williams.

Contact info@durham-singers.org 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.


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.