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Durham Cathedral opens its doors for visitors to explore at dusk

Durham Cathedral is opening its doors at dusk for a one-off evening event inspired by Museums at Night. 
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Durham Cathedral Museum re-opening following closure due to Covid-19

On 5 April, Durham Cathedral Museum re-opened its doors and welcomed visitors back inside to experience some of the most beautiful and well-preserved monastic spaces in the country.
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Singing for The Queen: Searching for a Platinum Choir for Durham Cathedral

To mark the Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Durham Cathedral is looking for young singers from across County Durham to join a 70 strong choir and sing at the cathedral’s service of Thanksgiving on Saturday 4 June 2022.
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Andrew Tremlett to be the next Dean of St Paul’s

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, currently Dean of Durham, as the new Dean of St Paul’s. He will succeed The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, who is due to retire in September 2022.
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Free public lecture on the war in Ukraine to be held at Durham Cathedral

Former BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent Bridget Kendall will give an evening talk on the war in Ukraine on Monday 11 April at 7.30pm at Durham Cathedral. Drawing on decades spent reporting on Russia’s role on the world stage, Bridget will answer the public’s questions in this inaugural event for the Durham Cathedral Institute.  
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Creative call out - World Heritage Site Day Creative Commission

To celebrate World Heritage Site Day on 18 April 2022, Durham Cathedral and Durham University are offering local artists and creatives the opportunity to work with eight local schools on a digital heritage trail around the city.
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Dean of Durham’s name finally carved in stone as historic plaque gets an extension

The Very Reverend, Andrew Tremlett has finally had his name added to the Bishops, Priors and Deans Plaque at Durham Cathedral, almost five years after becoming Dean of Durham.
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A revamp project is set to shine new light onto Durham Cathedral.

A team has been working carefully to develop a new lighting scheme that will be more efficient and reduce carbon emissions by employing the latest LED technology at Durham Cathedral. 
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Durham Cathedral’s music fundraising appeal hits a high note

Durham Cathedral’s music fundraising appeal hits a high note A Christmas appeal to raise funds in support of securing and broadening access to music at Durham Cathedral has exceeded its target and raised £5200.
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Durham Cathedral to receive £812,200 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

We have received a grant of £812,200 from the Government’s latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund to help us recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic.
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Local food charity light Durham Cathedral’s Christmas tree at festive service

On 12 December, Mim Skinner and Nikki Dravers from REfUSE Durham switched on the lights of Durham Cathedral’s gigantic Christmas tree during a special festive service.
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Durham Cathedral celebrates anniversary of thriving online community of prayer

Durham Cathedral is celebrating the one year anniversary of its online community, which developed following the cathedrals decision to livestream daily services on Facebook at the start of the UK’s first lockdown.
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Durham Cathedral marks 20 years as a Harry Potter filming location

Tuesday 16 November marks 20 years since the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, was released in cinemas, and as a Harry Potter filming location, Durham Cathedral is inviting visitors to celebrate this milestone anniversary.
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Visitor numbers rocket for Museum of the Moon

Visitor figures at Durham Cathedral soar past pre-covid levels with the success of Museum of the Moon. Since 13 September, Durham Cathedral’s nave has played host to Luke Jerram’s widely-celebrated artwork, Museum of the Moon, and as the installation draws to a close on 11 November, the cathedral is celebrating its highest visitor number in recent years.
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Durham Cathedral commissions new installation from local paper artist Ellie Clewlow

One Small Step is a paper installation exploring the ways in which we learn, created by local artist Ellie Clewlow. Made of 3000 interlocking origami pieces, it will be on display in Durham Cathedral from November. 
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Durham reaches next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 competition

Delight as County Durham reaches next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 competition
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New Lay Canon to join Durham Cathedral’s governing body

We're pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Ward as the cathedral’s newest member of Chapter, the cathedral’s governing body.
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Call out for artists - Museum of the Moon creative commission

To celebrate Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon landing at Durham Cathedral, we are offering local artists, makers, and creatives the opportunity to create a new piece of work to be exhibited during the Moon’s time at the Cathedral.
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Durham Cathedral set for Museum of the Moon landing this September

The cathedral’s nave is set for a glow up this September as Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, Museum of the Moon, touches down.
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Stonemasonry skills are celebrated at Durham Cathedral with new round of funding

Stonemasonry skills are celebrated at Durham Cathedral  Durham Cathedral’s stonemasons swap the Works’ Yard for the Cloisters to showcase heritage skills.
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Give the Gift of Reading through #InspiringImaginations

The biggest and brightest thank you to everyone who donated to our #InspiringImaginations appeal! With the grand total reaching £4,215, you helped us to surpass our £4,000 target!
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Swarm on best bee-hive-iour for Dean of Durham

The Dean of Durham swapped his dog collar for a beekeeping suit to welcome an unusual group of pilgrims to Durham Cathedral last week. A swarm of honey bees had settled in the Canon Michael Everitt’s garden nearby. Amateur apiarist Andrew Tremlett rekindled an old hobby to give the buzzy pilgrims a true cathedral welcome.
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New hands on deck

We reopened to visitors on 17th May and have now welcomed 30,000 people through our famous North Door, giving a warm welcome to all who come. Since the first national lockdown in March 2020 the cathedral has been through a major change programme pulling together a refreshed visitor offer and new staffing structure.
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Launch of Cathedrals Cycle Network

On Sunday 30th May a new kind of pilgrimage route was launched, the Cathedrals Cycle Route, linking all 42 Church of England cathedrals by two wheels.   A small group of cyclists set off on the 15 mile journey south from Newcastle Cathedral to Durham Cathedral on the inaugural relay ride.  
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LIGHT at the end of the tunnel - Chris Levine's art installation welcomes visitors back to Durham Cathedral

At long last visitors to the cathedral will be able to experience Chris Levine’s immersive art installation, LIGHT. The eagerly anticipated switch on takes place Saturday 29th May, more than a year after it was installed in the cathedral’s 12th century Galilee Chapel. 
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The Bells Ring Out

On the afternoon of Sunday 23rd May our bell ringers will once again climb the tower of Durham Cathedral to ring the cathedral bells. 
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We are open to visitors

Our doors are once again open to visitors in line with stage three of the Government’s easing of lockdown.
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Come and experience all Durham Cathedral has to offer as its visitor facilitates reopen from 17 May

We are excited to welcome visitors back to Durham Cathedral from 17 May, in line with the third stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 
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A tribute to Richard Lloyd, former Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral

We are sorry to hear of the death of Richard Lloyd, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral from 1974 until 1985.
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University research project receives funding to digitise Alice Thornton manuscripts, discovered at Durham Cathedral

The University of Edinburgh has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to conduct a £1million research project into the autobiographical writings of Alice Thornton (1626-1707) and create a digital edition, accessible to researchers and members of the public.
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