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Align your brand with “the best Cathedral on Planet Earth” through corporate sponsorship

A sponsorship package to suit you

Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. It plays an important role in the religious, economic, social and cultural life of Durham and the wider north east region.

Our exhibitions have attracted national media coverage, including features in The Times and The Guardian as well as airtime on BBC Breakfast.

All our sponsorship packages are specifically tailored to meet the aims and objectives of our individual partners.


Benefits to your business

  • Increased media presence, both locally and nationally, through print, TV, radio and social media exposure utilising our established networks and contacts.
  • Tickets to high profile, exclusive events.
  • The option to create your own bespoke client entertainment package in one of our exclusive spaces.
  • ‘Behind the scenes’ access, including specialist talks and displays.
  • A chance to get involved in community projects and raise your profile in under-represented communities.
  • Help in achieving your corporate social responsibility agenda through employee volunteering and benefits, giving back to your local community and supporting national heritage projects.
  • Unique opportunities for staff professional development and team building.

Sponsor an event, exhibition or special programme

As well as hosting 1,400 services each year, the Cathedral provides the stunning backdrop to more than 100 special events and concerts each year.

We also run an annual programme of community events and ever-changing exhibitions in our Open Treasure space. Scroll down for more.

One sponsor's experience:

"Our sponsorship of the Magna Carta Open Treasure exhibition created a very special opportunity for us and our clients.

The support from the Cathedral team was excellent. The knowledge they shared with us about the Treasures made the experience even more valuable.”

- DAC Beachcroft

Sponsor an event

The following events are available for sponsorship:

10 November 2018 - Festival of Remembrance

A poignant and moving evening to remember those who have given their lives for their country and serving soldiers who put their lives at risk for our liberties today. This is a fundraising concert in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and any sponsorship will be shared with them.

15 December 2018 - The Messiah 

A festive performance of Handel's famous masterpiece given by Durham Catheral Choir and the Avison Ensemble. Funds raised go towards supporting music at Durham Cathedral.

14 April 2019 - St John Passion 

Durham Cathedral Choir join forces once again with the Avison Ensemble to give a Palm Sunday concert performance of this setting of the Passion according to St John by J S Bach. Funds raised go towards supporting music at Durham Cathedral.

Open Treasure Sponsorship

Principal Sponsorship

Be credited for one year as the principal sponsor for the entire Open Treasure exhibition experience. Benefits include:

  • Prominent logo accreditation
  • Co-ordinated media and PR resources to ensure the most advantageous coverage of your sponsorship
  • Exclusive invitations to exhibition previews and other high profile events
  • The opportunity to create bespoke client entertaining opportunities

Exhibition Sponsorship

Choose to support one particular exhibition within the Open Treasure spotlight exhibition rolling programme.

This may be an exhibition which has particular resonance with your business ethos or audience, a personal interest or just an opportunity to take advantage of our media and hospitality benefits:

  • 19 June 2018 - 15 September 2018 - Miners: Pitmen, pride and prayer which looks at the role of the Durham Miners Gala, the Cathedral as a former colliery owner and the legacy of coalmining
  • 25 September 2018 - January 2019 - Armistice: Living with the peace exploring the lives of local people and how they adapted to a new life after World War I
  • 2019 - Feasting and fasting: Exploring the Great Kitchen focusing on medieval diet, trade and its links with the community of Durham
  • 2019 - Vikings! Looking at the invaders who became settlers
  • 2019 – Vikings! family weekend – which can be included in the exhibition sponsorship package or sponsored separately
  • 2019 - Mapping the World with maps, charts and atlases including early maps of Durham and the North East.

Community Programme Sponsorship

Support an annual programme of community-led activities and exhibitions to really give something back to your local community.

Working with our Learning Team, you will have the chance to collaborate with community groups and create exciting projects to display and perform in our Community Gallery within Open Treasure.

Discover more

For more information about these and other bespoke corporate opportunities, please contact Ashley Bell, Grants and Projects Manager on 0191 374 4581 or