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Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Conferences

At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Medieval Lecture - Reconstructing Medieval Blackfriars


On Saturday 2 May 2020, Blackfriars will host, in partnership with Durham University's IMEMS (*), the 17th Public lecture on Reconstructing Medieval Blackfriars.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Eric Cambridge to discuss the purpose, uses and archeological remains of our 13th century former Dominican friary. Blackfriars presents a rare opportunity to study the standing remains of a medieval Dominican friary. Some of the buildings survived because they were converted to other uses after the end of the friary while others were demolished and are known only from excavation.

In this lecture we will attempt to reconstruct the appearance of the buildings in the Middle Ages and explore how the Dominicans might have used and adapted them to meet the evolving needs of their community over nearly three centuries.

The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the site.

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