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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.

Monday 29 August 2016

The Shield of Faith: Ushaw College at War

1:00pm to 5:00pm, Ushaw College

An exhibition exploring the stories of men from Ushaw who served during World War One. It will consider the role of a Catholic Chaplain in the conflict and how individual soldier's faith was influenced by warfare. The exhibition will be open free of charge during Ushaw's public open days on Saturdays from 1pm - 5pm

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


Henri Matisse: The Last Works

9:00am to 5:00pm, Ustinov College, Howlands Farm, South Road, Durham, DH1 3DE

This summer Ustinov College and The Global Citizenship Programme are hosting an exhibition of lithograph prints by Henri Matisse from the 1958 publication of Verve magazine.

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


The Shogun's Cultured Warriors

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum

The samurai were the military class of Japan who developed from provincial warriors into the ruling elite. They were a powerful force in Japan for more than six centuries and so had a profound effect on military and political life. High ranking warriors were also expected to develop their literary skills and they played an active role as patrons of the arts. This exhibition explores the role of the samurai class as patrons and producers of the arts. It also examines the legacy of samurai culture which remains a potent source of inspiration in Japan - and the west - today.

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


Munitionettes & Miners - County Durham Heroes of the Great War

Museum of Archaeology

Munitionettes & Miners uncovers the important roles of County Durham men and women during World War I. Discover more about local women who worked in munitions factories and Co. Durham miners who fought tunnel warfare under the Western Front. The gallery will be open Monday, 12pm – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Contact archaeology.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, Durham University Botanic Garden

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

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


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.


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 10.15,11.15, 12.15,1.45,2.15,2.45,3.15,3.45 and 4.15.

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


Tuesday 30 August 2016

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

11:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the middle of July to the end of August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace. Tickets can be brought at Palace Green Library and the Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre. Normal charges apply.

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


Krav Maga Self Defence

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Durham, DH1 1SW

Krav Maga self-defence classes, suitable for all levels of fitness. Classes are every Tuesday evening with discounted rates for students. Krav Maga teaches you to defend yourself and others quickly and effectively. Training includes dealing with multiple attackers and is based on simple and reflexive moves that work when you need them to.

Contact paul_spartanskrav@hotmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 31 August 2016

Fabulous Phoenicians

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

The Phoenicians had a secret recipe for purple dye. Have a go at making your own tie dyed design.

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


The Minimalist Literary Aesthetic and Current Forms of Communication in the English Language

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House

Wednesday 31 August 2016, 17:30 - 18:30, Alington House

Part of the Late Summer Lectures series organised by the Department of English Studies, this lecture explores the genre of minimalism in literature. It is free to attend and open to all.

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


Friday 2 September 2016

Hats Off

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

Explore the hats, helmets and headdresses in the galleries and make your own fabulous headgear to dress up in. 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.


Ordered Universe - imaging fast phenomena: Waves, Vibrations and High-Speed Photography

5:00pm to 7:00pm, St Chad's College

The next in the Ordered Universe public lecture series will feature Professor Clive Siviour, of the Department of Engineering, University of Oxford. Clive will be speaking about his on-going research into High-Speed photography and the extraordinary images it produces, and to experiments derived from Robert Grosseteste’s treatise On the Generation of Sounds.

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


Imaging Fast Phenomena: Waves, Vibrations and High-Speed Photography

5:00pm to 7:30pm, Cassidy Atrium, St Chad’s College

Just as a microscope opens up the world of small distances, high speed photography opens the world of short times. Since the advent of photography itself, people have attempted to visualise events that are too fast for the human eye. This talk will give an overview of both early and modern techniques used to build cameras capable of thousands, and now millions, of frames per second. It will also explore some applications of high speed imaging in science and engineering.

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


Saturday 3 September 2016

Awesome Obelisks

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

Find out about the Ancient Egyptian obelisk on display and create your own 3D model 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.


Zippy Zeppelins

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

Come and make a floating zeppelin used in WW1. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Monday 5 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!

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


Somme 1916: Talks Programme

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Peter Barton, Military Historian and Presenter of the 2016 BBC documentary The Other Side Of The Somme will speak about Challenging History – The Somme from Both Sides of the Wire

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


Wednesday 7 September 2016

Breathing in Science Fiction

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House

Dr Arthur Rose from the Life of Breath project will examine the representation of breath and breathing in science fiction, at this free public lecture. This is just one of the Late Summer Lecture series organised by the Department of English Studies.

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


History, Heritage & Arts Talks at Auckland Castle

6:30pm, Auckland Castle

The Reformation after 500 Years, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford. Ahead of the launch of our Faith Galleries, Diarmaid MacCulloch considers the significance of an event which from its first spark in northern Germany half a millennium ago altered the course of world history, and whose effects are still being felt. He explores why the Reformation proved so destructive yet so creative, what Reformers from Martin Luther onwards wanted, what they in fact got, and what Reformation in Christianity might mean today.

Doors open 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Tickets £6 in advance including arrival drink. Annual Pass holders free. To book call 01388 743797 or email enquiries@aucklandcastle.org

There is no parking on site. Please follow signs to North Bondgate Car Park which is free after 6pm.

Contact enquiries@aucklandcastle.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 10 September 2016

Lurking in the Shadows

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

Find out about shadow puppets from across Asia and create your own shadow character to use behind our lit screen. Free entry today for Heritage Open Days. 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.


Amazing Animals

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

Create an animal mask based on WW1 animals; pigeons, dogs, horses, donkeys and mules. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Monday 12 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. 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.


Somme 1916: Talks Programme

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Stuart Wheeler will talk about A Battlefield Debut: the Tank's arrival, Employment, and Impact, on the Somme Battlefield in the Autumn of 1916

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


Wednesday 14 September 2016

Seminar: Food pleasure, altered eating and well-being

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Gala Theatre & Cinema, 1 Millenium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA

Eating is undoubtedly one of life’s great pleasures. Yet it is denied many people living with long-term eating difficulties as a result of illness, treatment or life-course transitions. This seminar reports on new research on “altered eating”, and the ‘science of deliciousness’. The seminar will include audience participation to explore flavour and taste and, via film and discussion, findings from a National Institute for Health Research-funded project with survivors of head and neck cancer – Resources for Living – on living with altered eating.

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


"After that Summer, Nothing Would be the Same Again": Sex, Death, and Nostalgia at the Seaside

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House

Take a trip to the seaside with Dr Rebecca Mills (University of Exeter). The seaside is a place of nostalgic memories, but in literature it is also a place where darker themes of sex and death emerge. All welcome to this free public lecture, part of the Late Summer Lectures series organised by the Department of English Studies.

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


Saturday 17 September 2016

Traditional Crafts Weekend

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

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

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


Powerful Printing

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

Woodblock printing is a traditional Japanese art technique. Create your own unique artwork using printing materials and methods. 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.


Fascinating families

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

Can you make your family tree back to WW1? All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Art workshop: pen and ink drawing

2:30pm to 4:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Join us for a hands-on art workshop led by artist Meryl Mathieson. Taking inspiration from the Oriental Museum’s collections, Meryl will lead you through the techniques of using pen and ink to create your own artwork to take home. The session also includes making a pen from recycled materials.

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


Monday 19 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. 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.


Science and Theology in Human Sexuality

11:00am to 4:00pm, St. John's College, Durham

This two day conference at St Johns College on Monday 19 September and Tuesday 20 September will be concerned with the contribution of science to current Christian debates on human sexuality, especially (but not only) in the Church of England.

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


Saturday 24 September 2016

Sink or Swim

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

Explore the dragon boat on display and create your own boat to test in water. Will it sink or swim? 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.


Prehistoric Pictures

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

Be inspired by our ancient ancestors and create a modern version of cave art. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Monday 26 September 2016

Little Bookworms

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

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. 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.


Wednesday 28 September 2016

Somme 1916: Talks Programme

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Palace Green Library

John Sheen, Independent Military Historian will talk about The service battalions of the Durham Light Infantry, from formation in 1914 to the battle of the Somme in 1916

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


Friday 30 September 2016

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

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

Opening the Door exhibition takes place 30 September - 6 November

Durham University is home to a significant collection of 20th century and 21st century prints featuring works by Andy Warhol, Eric Gill, Sandra Blow, Peter Blake and Barbara Hepworth. With no permanent gallery space, until now these works have largely gone unseen and unknown by the public.

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


Wednesday 5 October 2016

Opening the Door: Art tours of the Palatine Centre

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

A guided tour of some of the highlights of Durham University’s modern art collection and a chance to get behind the scenes at the University’s architecturally designed Palatine building. The tour will focus on printed works currently on display by Victor Pasmore, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and others. This tour is open to all. Meet at Palatine Building reception desk.

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


Saturday 8 October 2016

Awesome Art!

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

Part of - Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University’s Western Art Collection. Celebrate the opening of our new art exhibition and create your own lino print to take home. Aprons will be provided. The activity is drop in (any time between 1pm - 3 pm) unless otherwise stated. The activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

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


Wednesday 12 October 2016

Opening the Door: Art tours of the Palatine Centre

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

A guided tour of some of the highlights of Durham University’s modern art collection and a chance to get behind the scenes at the University’s architecturally designed Palatine building. The tour will focus on printed works currently on display by Victor Pasmore, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and others. This tour is open to all. Meet at Palatine Building reception desk.

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


Saturday 15 October 2016

Curator's talk

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Part of - Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University’s Western Art Collection Oriental Museum Saturday 15 October 13.00-14.00

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Learn more about the works on display and their histories. Booking is required at the museum reception desk (0191 3345691) or by email.

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


Tuesday 18 October 2016

Introduction to Mindfulness Course

6:30pm to 8:30pm, St Antony's Priory, 74 Claypath, Durham DH1 1QT

An Introductory Course in Mindfulness designed to tackle the stress of everyday life, and impart techniques to manage the minds - creating calmness and positivity whatever the situation.

Contact sagara@mindfulrecovery.info for more information about this event.


Thursday 20 October 2016

Advancing Social Mobility Through Education: A Guest Lecture by Dr Lee Elliot-Major

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Collingwood College

Durham University will be hosting Dr Lee Elliot-Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, on the evening of Thursday 20th October to deliver a guest lecture on the subject of improving social mobility through education. His expertise and experience in this field will no doubt be of interest to a wide audience.

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


Friday 4 November 2016

Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary Conference - Intangible Heritage

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle

As part of an ongoing series of events marking the 30th anniversary of Durham World Heritage Site's inscription, a two day conference on Intangible Heritage will take place. Themes include Pilgrimage, Art and Artefacts, Music, and the Built Environment. Dr Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and John Grundy will deliver keynote addresses.

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


Public Lecture by Dr Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

5:00pm to 6:30pm, Science Site, Durham University

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will present a lecture as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Durham World Heritage Site.

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


Saturday 5 November 2016

Public Lecture - John Grundy

7:00pm to 8:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Local architectural historian and television presenter John Grundy will deliver a lecture as part of the Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary series of events. The lecture will follow a two day conference, but is open to the public.

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


Wednesday 4 January 2017

QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2017

9:00am to 5:00pm, Collingwood College

The theme of this ADM arose from the recent development and completion of a guide to engineering geology in glaciated and periglaciated terrains, undertaken by a working party of geologists and geographers under the auspices of the Geological Society and aimed at developing inter-disciplinary collaboration amongst those with expertise in Quaternary science. The meeting aims to bring together a broad range of academics from the earth sciences and geography and practising engineering geologists working in Quaternary cold climate landscapes in an attempt to communicate recent developments and professional practices across the various disciplines working in Quaternary science more generally. The hope is that this will enable the improved awareness of practices and knowledge across bodies of expertise and initiate future collaboration specifically between the QRA and the engineering geology community.

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


Monday 30 January 2017

Winter School - Health in All Policies: Making it Work in Practice

12:00pm to 3:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham City

Following the launch of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health in All Policies (HiAP) Training Manual in 2015, the challenge facing policy-makers and practitioners is how to build political will to address health inequalities and how to make intersectoral working succeed to improve health and wellbeing and tackle growing health inequalities.
• What constitutes success?
• What barriers might impede implementation?
• What skills are required to overcome obstacles to success?

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


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