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New for 2022, Durham Cathedral Institute will facilitate public discussions of current affairs and issues affecting the North East of England.

Promoting debate and discussion

The Institute seeks to create opportunities for people in the North East to engage with experts and public figures on the major social, political and ethical issues of our time.



Launching our programme of events

The Institute's first event was a lecture from former BBC Moscow Correspondent Bridget Kendall on the context of the war in Ukraine on 11 April.

Further Institute events are planned for 2022 on the themes of ‘levelling up’ the North and the future of education.


Support the Institute

If you or your organisation are interested in supporting the work of the Institute, contact Matthew Mills, Head of Development at

Past Institute event

War in Ukraine: Durham Cathedral Institute lecture

An evening lecture at Durham Cathedral from Bridget Kendall, a former BBC Moscow correspondent. Drawing on decades spent reporting on Russia’s role on the world stage, Bridget put the war in Ukraine in its political and historical context.

Watch a recording of the event