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IMEMS Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site Fellowships

We offer Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships of up to three months to study Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and its significance in any aspect of its tangible and intangible heritage.

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Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is an international centre for research in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period situated at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are a hub for interdisciplinary research with a vibrant community of scholars and postgraduate researchers working across all three faculties of the University.

Durham was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee in 1986, and comprises Durham Cathedral and Castle and the buildings between them.

The Cathedral was built in the late eleventh and twelfth centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert, evangelizer of Northumbria, and the Venerable Bede. It attests to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. The innovative audacity of its vaulting foreshadowed Gothic architecture. Beside the cathedral stands the castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham, and which is still in use as a college.

Five key aspects of the Site are recognised as being of Outstanding Universal Value:

i) the Site’s exceptional architecture demonstrating architectural innovation, including the architectural design and construction techniques of the nave of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle’s Norman Chapel.

ii) the visual drama of the Cathedral and Castle on the peninsula and the associations with notions of romantic beauty, including the dramatic, dynamic skyline of Durham Cathedral and Castle.

iii) the physical expression of the spiritual and secular powers of the medieval Bishops Palatine that the defended complex provides.

iv) the relics and material culture of the three saints (Cuthbert, Bede, and Oswald) buried at the site.

v) and the continuity of use and ownership over the past 1000 years as a place of religious worship, learning and residence, and a focal point of community identity and cultural activity.

Previous Fellows

Our previous fellows

Anouck Lafortune-Bernard

1 October 2019 - 1 December 2019
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Wahid Omran

01 November 2019- 20 December 2019
a headshot of Wahid Omran