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Welcome to University College!

Once again, we are proud and excited to be hosting Lumiere at our incredible Castle here in the heart of Durham City.

Viewable exclusively from Framwellgate Bridge, the thought-provoking installation, Anthology – into the Light’ is even more special as it features one of our very own Professors from the Department of English Studies – Kayo Chingonyi. We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting and encourage you to learn more about our wonderful college, its rich history and the unique experience it offers.
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Durham Castle History

Sitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site and occupied continuously since the 11th century is Durham Castle.

Construction of the Castle began in 1072 under the orders of William the Conquerer, soon after the Normans first came to the North. Modifications continued throughout the middle ages and into the 1800s and substantial elements of the Norman castle survive to today through their incorporation into later buildings, most notably the Norman chapel, the 11th century undercroft below the great hall and the 12th century Norman range on the north side of the courtyard.

About University College

As you will see, an 11th century Norman castle provides a compelling backdrop for all students here at University College. Founded in 1832, University College is the oldest and founding college of Durham University. We currently have some 1200 undergraduates and 600 postgraduates, and 300 members of University staff are attached to the College via membership of our Senior Common Room (SCR).

Our motto non nobis solum  translates to not for ourselves alone and this is true as we share our College with the wider community and visitors to this wonderful city as a living museum – providing us with a unique opportunity to showcase our fascinating collections and range of exhibitions throughout the year. 

  • Durham Castle

    Visit Durham Castle to marvel at our collections, see our exhibitions, and enjoy fun family activities.
    Castle grounds
  • University College

    The oldest and founding college of Durham University. Find out more about us, our values, location and history.
    University College crest

Durham Castle

Visit Durham Castle to marvel at our collections, see our exhibitions, and enjoy fun family activities.
Castle grounds

University College

The oldest and founding college of Durham University. Find out more about us, our values, location and history.
University College crest
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Past Lumiere

Castle has provided a stage for incredible installations for the Lumiere festival over the time we have been fortunate enough to host this wonderful festival of light. Take a look at past festivals and the awe-inspiring art on this magnificent building.

Find out more about Lumiere 2021

 

Please note, the Lumiere installation is viewable only from Framwellgate Bridge – as the Castle is a student residence and college there will be no public access to the Castle during the festival.