welcome to the collections gallery, at the heart of open treasure.
The Collections Gallery is a state-of-the-art exhibition gallery, designed to showcase some of the Cathedral's most precious artefacts through an exciting rolling programme of exhibitions. There will be a new exhibition every three to four months!
EXHIBITION PROGRAMME 2016
Monday 20 February - Saturday 10 June
An exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times. From illustrations of lions and dragons in medieval manuscripts, to early printed books of natural history which feature sea serpents and wyverns alongside images of the rhinoceros or elephant, and the ‘evidence’ presented to prove the existence of such fantastic creatures as griffins and unicorns, this display will capture the imagination!
Monday 19 June - Saturday 9 September
MAGNA CARTA AND THE FOREST CHARTERS
A unique opportunity to see all three issues of Durham Cathedral’s Magna Carta, including the only surviving copy of the 1216 issue, and further issues from 1225 and 1300. These will be displayed alongside their associated Forest Charters, from 1217, 1225 and 1300. In the 800th anniversary year of the first Forest Charter to be issued, this group of six documents will be displayed together for the first time, alongside an exhibition exploring the continuing significance and impact of these charters, and what they meant for Durham and the North of England.
19 September – 19 November 2017
MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE! MUSIC AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL
There is a lively tradition of music at Durham, from the earliest days of the monastery through to the present. Music speaks to us at sad times and joyful times, it can inspire, uplift and revive the spirit. Always central, music still forms a vibrant part of life and worship at the Cathedral. This exhibition traces how that tradition has grown and changed over the centuries. Featuring music manuscripts and early-printed books, it will explore the range of music used from medieval times to the present day, including pieces composed in or specially for Durham. It will also look at some of the instruments used to create that music, and how this has changed over the centuries.
28 November 2017– 25 February 2018
This exhibition will focus on the lives and legacies of female saints with a particular link to Durham or the North; well-known figures such as St Hild or St Margaret, but also some who are today less well-known, such as St Osana and St Ebbe. Find out who these women were, how they came to be saints, and why they were so highly regarded across the region. The exhibition will also explore the significance of these saints to female medieval pilgrims, and the continuing pilgrimage tradition at Durham Cathedral.
Explore this extraordinary royal dynasty, the key figures within it, and the changes wrought during their reigns. From the Dissolution of the Monasteries, to the founding of the Church of England and the Reformation, places like Durham Cathedral were shaped by their actions, and their impact continues to be felt to the present day.
2018 sees two significant anniversaries within the heritage of coalmining: 75 years since the founding of The Bevan Boys and, more poignantly, 25 years since the closure of the last colliery in the County Durham coalfield. This exhibition explores the enduring legacy of coalmining among the communities of Durham and the north east.
ARMISTICE: THE END OF WORLD WAR I
On 11 November 1918 an armistice ended the war in Western Europe, although peace would not fully return for many more months. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of this momentous event, this exhibition explores what it meant for the people of Durham and the north east as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.