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Canon Michael Hampel returns to Durham Cathedral as Vice-Dean and Precentor

The successor to the Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy as Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral returns to the North East from his current ministry at St Paul’s Cathedral.  The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel will take up the position of Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral following Canon Kennedy’s move to Corbridge Parish Church, Northumberland, in October. Michael’s main role will be leading on the planning of worship at the Cathedral as well as being a member of Chapter, its governing body.  He will also be Custos of the Chorister School, located on the Durham World Heritage Site as part of the Cathedral.

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Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral receives a RIBA National Award

Having been recognised by RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) North East with three regional awards, Durham Cathedral and Purcell architects are delighted to announce that Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral, has won a RIBA National Award. This puts Open Treasure on the long list for the much coveted RIBA Stirling Prize which is awarded annually to the best building in the UK.  

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Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer – a new temporary exhibition within Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral – showcases the mining heritage of North East England

Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer is a new temporary exhibition within Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s exhibition experience in its stunning medieval claustral buildings. The exhibition showcases artefacts, documents, photographs and stories of the rich mining history of County Durham and North East England.  It is open to the public from Tuesday 19 June to Saturday 15 September.

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The Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy is appointed Vicar of Corbridge

The Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy is appointed Vicar of Corbridge and will leaving Durham Cathedral later this year.  

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Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral is shortlisted for a National RIBA Award

Durham Cathedral and Purcell architects are delighted to announce that having won three awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional awards for Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral, the project is now shortlisted in the national RIBA awards.  Regional awards achieved are - the Building of the Year 2018 for the North East, a Regional Winner award and the Conservation award.  The award ceremony took place in York on Thursday 24 May. The national RIBA award winners will be announced on Thursday 21 June.

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Steer group to launch across County to make Durham City ‘Dementia Friendly’

A new steer group has been formed with representatives from organizations across County Durham, coming together in a bid to make the City more accessible for those living with Dementia, along with their carers, family and friends.  

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Dave Bilbrough to lead worship at Thy Kingdom Come Beacon service at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is once again holding a Beacon Event as part of Thy Kingdom Come, an international and ecumenical call to prayer led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that takes place around the world on and around Pentecost as Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Worship will be led by Dave Bilbrough.    

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Bishop of Jarrow to retire at next birthday

The Rt Revd Mark Bryant, The Bishop of Jarrow has announced that he will retire from the Diocese at his next birthday in October 2018.   

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British Flowers take over Durham Cathedral in local growers’ showcase

Parts of Durham Cathedral will be decorated with tulips, scented narcissi, hellebores and wild blossom from Friday 27 April to Thursday 3 May in an installation showcasing locally grown British flowers.  

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Bishop of Durham, Dean of Durham and Business Leaders from the region take part in CEO Sleepout at Durham Cathedral

On Monday 30 April local business leaders will be sleeping out in the Cloister of Durham Cathedral to raise money for CEO Sleepout and a range of local charities, joined by the Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham.  

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In celebration of International World Heritage Day, Durham Cathedral holds a special Giving Day

In celebration of International World Heritage Day, Durham Cathedral holds a special Giving Day   18 April is a day designated by UNESCO as International World Heritage Day.  Local communities and individuals around the world are encouraged to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their identities, lives and communities, in particular the efforts required to protect and conserve heritage.   

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Durham Cathedral Blog - Behind the Scenes at a Scottish Book Bindery

How do you repair a 400-year old book from the Cathedral Library's collections? Our Collections team found out when they visited the Carronvale Bindery in Falkirk, where Cathedral Library books are being repaired with help from supporters of the Adopt A Book scheme.  

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New Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer Starts at Durham Cathedral

Amanda Anderson has joined Durham Cathedral as its new Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer.  Previously Director of Strategic Development and Operations at Bradford Cathedral, Amanda succeeds Philip Davies, who has retired from the position after nine years in the post.  

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New fundraising campaign, Foundation 2020, will provide sustainable foundation for the Cathedral’s buildings

This week, on Friday 16 March, Durham Cathedral launches a new fundraising campaign that will provide a sustainable future for the repair of the medieval Cathedral buildings, ensuring they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.  Click here to read more ...

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Durham Cathedral Choir Joins Forces with the Avison Ensemble to perform Bach’s St John Passion

Durham Cathedral Choir and the Avison Ensemble are to give what promises to be an unmissable concert performance of Bach’s St John Passion in Durham Cathedral on Palm Sunday 25 March at 7.00pm. The Cathedral Choir will be conducted by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham, with the orchestra led by the internationally renowned violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk. Click here to find out more ...

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The Reverend Charlie Allen to be Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral

The Reverend Charlie Allen, born in Sunderland, has been appointed to the Chapter of Durham Cathedral, its governing body, as Canon Chancellor in succession to Canon Rosalind Brown who is retiring after her distinguished service to Durham Cathedral and the wider church.  Click to see more ...

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Annual celebration of St Cuthbert

Every year the Cathedral celebrates St Cuthbert’s Day with a festival of services and events around his Saint’s Day – 20 March.  Durham Cathedral was built specifically to house the shrine of this much loved saint, often referred to as the Patron Saint of Northern England. This year’s St Cuthbert Festival runs from Friday 16 March to Tuesday 20 March, culminating in a Festal Evensong and Procession for St Cuthbert’s Day at 7.00pm.  Click here to read more ...

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HRH The Prince of Wales visits Durham Cathedral and Durham University

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has officially opened a new visitor experience, honoured a local ancestor and a local regiment and witnessed a 350-strong singalong of the popular hymn Jerusalem during a visit to Durham Cathedral and Durham University. Click to see more ...

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Celebration of New Appointments at Evensong on Sunday 11 February

A celebratory Evensong on Sunday 11 February at Durham Cathedral saw new appointments within the Diocese of Durham and at Durham Cathedral.   Simon Wood, a serving judge with lifelong links to music and volunteering in the Church of England, has been installed as a Lay Member of Chapter and a Lay Canon of the Cathedral. Two existing members of Chapter, Ivor Stolliday and Cathy Barnes, have been made Lay Canons.     The Reverend Rick Simpson, formerly of St Brandon’s, Brancepeth, in the Diocese of Durham, has been installed as the Archdeacon of Auckland, a senior leadership position within the Diocese of Durham.  Click to see more ...

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Durham Cathedral Reveals the Name of its New Stained Glass Window

This autumn, a new stained glass window will be installed in Durham Cathedral to honour and celebrate the unique and special link between the Cathedral and its neighbour on the Durham World Heritage Site, Durham University. The window is inspired by Sara Pilkington, a Durham University student who passed away in 2012. Click here to see more ...

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New exhibition traces Tudor royal family’s impact on religion in Durham

On February 16, Durham Cathedral’s world-class Open Treasure exhibition experience will open a new temporary display: Tudors: the family and faith in Durham. Highlighting the profound impact of the royal family on the Cathedral and changes in worship wrought by the Reformation, the exhibition will show the legacy left by this extraordinary dynasty of rulers. Click here to see more ...

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Durham Cathedral to admit boys and girls as day Choristers for the first time since 1906

Durham Cathedral Choir has a long and proud tradition of excellence in music as part of the liturgy and through concerts, recordings, broadcasts and tours. Being a chorister at Durham Cathedral offers a unique opportunity for children in school years 4 to 8 to fully immerse themselves in music making at a professional level within the context of a worshipping Christian community, whilst receiving a full-time all round education at The Chorister School. Click to here to see more ...

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Royal visit HRH The Prince of Wales to visit Durham Cathedral and Durham University

?His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will officially open a new visitor experience, honour a local ancestor and a local regiment and witness a 350-strong performance of the popular hymn Jerusalem during a visit to Durham Cathedral and Durham University next week (Thursday 15 February). Click here to see more ...

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Durham Cathedral showcases local suppliers for restaurant relaunch

One of the city’s most beautiful locations to dine, Durham Cathedral’s Undercroft Restaurant, has relaunched its menu with a fresh feel, created by a newly appointed hospitality provider. Click here to see more ...

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Durham Cathedral shines in the BBC's Songs of Praise

If you missed yesterday’s broadcast, take a moment to watch Songs of Praise for Epiphany Sunday. The episode features extensive footage detailing Durham Cathedral's part in the Lumiere Festival, the UK's largest light festival, which welcomed over 240,000 people into Durham in November 2017. Click here to see more ...

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Ancient Durham traditions revived on Plough Sunday

Reviving an English tradition first recorded in Durham in 1413, this year’s celebration of Plough Sunday on Sunday 7 January will be marked by a procession of Morris dancers and traditional musicians drawing a plough to Durham Cathedral. Click here to see more ... 

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Christmas message from the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham

2017 has been a busy, fulfilling year at Durham Cathedral with Christmas and the advent of the New Year offering an opportunity for reflection.  The year has seen the Cathedral continue to develop the many ways it engages with people whether attending the Cathedral for worship or as a visitor, or through outreach and engagement in the community.    Click here to see more ...

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Lighting of the Tree and Blessing of the Crib

Seven year old William Johnson from Bishop Auckland switched on the all-important switch at the Cathedral’s annual Lighting of the Tree and Blessing of the Crib Service this afternoon.  Click to see more ...

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New Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer appointed for Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has appointed a new Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer.  Amanda Anderson, currently Director of Strategic Development and Operations at Bradford Cathedral will arrive in Durham early 2018.  Her recruitment follows the announcement that the incumbent, Philip Davies, is retiring from the position in March next year.  Click to see more ...

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Free entry to Open Treasure this December for National Lottery players, as part of national #ThanksToYou campaign

Durham Cathedral is celebrating its public heritage funding by offering free entry to its exhibition experience, Open Treasure, for National Lottery players at set times during the week of 11 to 17 December 2017. Click here to see more ...

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