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Penned and Printed

27 May 2023 - 31 March 2025

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Historic Libraries

An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Student Art Prize 2023/34: Paradise

01 May 2024 - 31 March 2025

10:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Palatine Centre, Art Collection

Visit the Student Art Prize 2023/24 exhibition and explore this years theme of Paradise.

  • Creative
  • Everyone

Toy Box: celebrating toys and games across cultures

23 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

A student-led, family-friendly summer exhibition showcasing toys from across Asia and Egypt to celebrate a simple fact of humanity: we all love to play.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

Eternal Ascent: Bentley Beetham and the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition

24 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

This exhibition marks the centenary of the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition, the first Western, and ultimately tragic, attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

Under Durham: The Untold Stories

24 May 2024 - 21 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Museum of Archaeology

When you think about the history of Durham, what comes to mind? Beautiful architecture, rich and powerful people and the history you find in textbooks. But how often do we stop and think about the lives of ordinary people? This exhibition explores the past of Durham through the ordinary people who lived and worked here.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Repair and Care: The Norman Chapel Project

24 May 2024 - 17 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Durham Castle

Have you ever looked at an ancient castle and wondered how it’s still standing? This exhibition will explore the history of construction and building conservation at Durham Castle, with a particular focus on the Norman Chapel Project, a long-term endeavour to preserve the oldest free-standing building in Durham.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

DU Poetry Society 'Living Objects'

31 May 2024 - 30 September 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Living Objects shows a display of poems by DU Poetry Society

  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Children and families
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Teachers / Home Educators
  • Young People

Play Time!

22 June 2024 - 22 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new exhibition all about play and toys, then try making your own game.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Little Dragons

26 June 2024 - 26 June 2024

9:30 AM - 10:31 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

Little Dragons

26 June 2024 - 26 June 2024

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

Twilight Opening at Palace Green Library

27 June 2024 - 27 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Museum of Archaeology

Palace Green Library is open until 7pm the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

  • Accessible
  • Exhibition
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

Twilight Talk - Twilight Talk: Under Durham: Searching for Stories in Objects

27 June 2024 - 27 June 2024

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Museum of Archaeology

Join this year’s Museum of Archaeology's MA Museum and Artefact students as they explore some of the interesting objects from their exhibition Under Durham: The untold stories, and how they discovered and researched the stories behind them.

  • Lecture
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Talks, training, seminars & conferences
  • Everyone

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 1. Portrait Drawing Crash Course

28 June 2024 - 28 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Magnificent Manga

29 June 2024 - 29 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore the Oriental Museum's collection of Japanese Manga comics and create your own to take home.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 2.Facial Features

05 July 2024 - 05 July 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Tanabata Festival

06 July 2024 - 06 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Tanabata is the Japanese summer star festival. Find out about this special time of year and make tanabata decorations.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Silk Painting Workshop

06 July 2024 - 06 July 2024

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for a creative workshop led by artist Gail Bell and design your own silk painting.

  • Workshop
  • Everyone

MG Car Display

07 July 2024 - 07 July 2024

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Botanic Garden

The Durham MG & Classic Car Club was formed in 2001 for local car enthusiasts interested in MG cars, both classic and modern. This informal gathering will showcase cars representing models produced from the late 1940s through to the early 2000s.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Art Collective

10 July 2024 - 10 July 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 3. Figure Drawing Crash Course

12 July 2024 - 12 July 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE
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What’s on across our venues

Our unique cultural attractions include Durham Castle, Botanic Gardens, Historic Libraries at Palace Green, Oriental Museum, Museum of Archaeology and our World Heritage Visitor Centre. Whatever your interest, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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