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Student Art Prize Exhibition 2022/23

01 May 2023 - 18 March 2024

10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Palatine Centre

This exhibition showcases the shortlisted entries to Durham University’s fourth annual Student Art Prize.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Alumni
  • Everyone
  • Students in HE

Penned and Printed

27 May 2023 - 31 August 2024

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

Beautiful Durham

16 August 2023 - 31 March 2024

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Outdoor Art Gallery

As a Part of the Summer in the City Art Festival and in collaboration with nine County Durham Schools, come see a collection of artworks that answer the question “What makes Durham Beautiful?”

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Voices: contemporary art and craft from the Middle East and North Africa

29 September 2023 - 12 May 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

An exhibition celebrating the work of emerging contemporary artists and designers from the Middle East and North Africa recently acquired by the Oriental Museum.

  • Exhibitions
  • Everyone

Welcome the Year of the Dragon

02 February 2024 - 03 March 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Celebrate the Spring Festival and the beginning of the Year of the Dragon

  • Exhibitions
  • Everyone

Hina Matsuri

13 February 2024 - 03 March 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Enjoy our display of traditional Japanese dolls

  • Exhibitions
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

Little Dragons

14 February 2024 - 06 March 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 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

21 February 2024 - 13 March 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 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

28 February 2024 - 20 March 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 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

Celebrate Japanese Hina Matsuri

02 March 2024 - 02 March 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See our magnificent set of traditional Hina Matsuri dolls - only displayed for a short time each year in the run up the Hina Matsuri - and create your own Emperor or Empress doll to take home.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

North East Ancient Egypt Society Lecture

02 March 2024 - 02 March 2024

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum

A North East Ancient Egypt Society event

  • Talks, training, seminars & conferences
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups

North East Ancient Egypt Society: lecture by Dr Penny Wilson

02 March 2024 - 02 March 2024

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

A North East Ancient Egypt Society event

  • Talks, training, seminars & conferences
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups

ART SOCIAL: After-hours Museum Hunt

05 March 2024 - 05 March 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for a scavenger style art hunt in the Oriental Museum.

  • Creative
  • Alumni
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE

Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum

07 March 2024 - 07 March 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum is open until 7pm on the 1st Thursday of every month.

  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

Autism-Friendly Family Activity Fun

07 March 2024 - 07 March 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for some fun, autism-friendly crafts for families at the Oriental Museum when the galleries are quieter. Explore the museum galleries and make your own unique papercraft collage.

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Hats off

09 March 2024 - 09 March 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

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

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Holi Festival

23 March 2024 - 23 March 2024

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Welcome the spring season to Durham with Holi Festival!

  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Festival
  • Outreach & community
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Twilight Opening at Palace Green Library

28 March 2024 - 28 March 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Museum of Archaeology, Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

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

  • Accessible
  • Exhibition
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

Twilight Talk: Norman Cornish The Test of Time

28 March 2024 - 28 March 2024

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Museum of Archaeology, Historic Libraries, Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

The Test of Time: a talk sharing stories from a new book about the life and work of Norman Cornish

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

Paper Playground

30 March 2024 - 30 March 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Paper was invented in China. Find out how paper changed our world and make your own paper playground!

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Annual Easter Chick Hunt

31 March 2024 - 01 April 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Easter Chicks are hiding in the Garden. Pick up your spotter sheet and see how many you can find in this fun family event. Self-led activity.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Green Woodworking Event

14 April 2024 - 14 April 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Local green woodworker, Chris Helliwell, will be demonstrating his traditional wood-turning craft skills using a pole lathe and shave horse, and giving people an opportunity to have a go.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Art Social: Life Drawing at the Oriental Museum

24 April 2024 - 24 April 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Led by artist Isabel Gotti, join us for life drawing in the museum.

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Workshop
  • Alumni
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • Students in HE

ART SOCIAL: Feel My Words: The Power of Text in Visual Art

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join poet, picture-maker and playwright Lizzie Lovejoy in a workshop to combine creative writing and visual art.

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Workshop
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

ART SOCIAL: SOCIAL!

05 June 2024 - 05 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for quizzes and art games in the pub!

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • Students in HE

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

Teddy Bear's Picnic

12 August 2024 - 12 August 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Join us for a fun-filled day of exploring bear habitats on an interactive guided walk through the Garden, a messy bear art workshop and all your favourite bear stories.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Crazy Creatures

15 August 2024 - 15 August 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting the Garden for the day.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Elizabeth Baker, StoryTeller

22 August 2024 - 22 August 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, for a whole host of stories and legends from some of the different countries where the wonderful plants in our Garden grow.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

What’s on across our venues

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

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