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Open Treasure - Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer

Tuesday 19 June to Saturday 15 September


Celebrate the mining heritage of County Durham with a fascinating exhibition in the Open Treasure Collections Gallery.  Twenty-five years since the closure of the last County Durham colliery, and 75 years since the founding of the ‘Bevin Boys’, we explore the Cathedral's links to coalmining in the region, the continuing role of the Durham Miners' Gala, and how mining remains an integral part of County Durham life.

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North-West Tower Trips

Friday 6 April to Saturday 29 September

For the first time, the public will be able to climb the North West tower, and see Durham City from a new perspective. With the central tower still closed to the public for a major conservation project, we are excited to offer this unique opportunity to climb one of the smaller towers of Durham Cathedral and see the roof, masonry and central tower up close for the first time.

Trips will run on Fridays and Saturdays at various times throughout the day.

Please contact the Visitor Desk to check availability.

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Bach and Brass

Friday 20 July at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral Choir is joined by leading period instrument orchestra St. James’ Baroque, for an evening of Bach in the stunning acoustic of Durham Cathedral.

Part of Durham BRASS 2018

 

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Ten Minute Talk - Open Treasure

Saturday 21 July at 2:00 PM
Great Kitchen, Durham Cathedral

Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk in Open Treasure. Hear one of our experienced Gallery Attendants sharing their insights into Durham Cathedral’s history and collections in a short, informative talk. Today join Latoya Schadel for a talk on 'Saintly Remains: Markings of Sanctity in the Early Christian Church'. Using Saint Cuthbert's incorrupt remains as an example, Latoya will be exploring the importance of the 'Odour of Sanctity' in identifying those detsined for Sainthood.

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Special Service - Evensong and Dismissal of the Cathedral Choir

Sunday 22 July at 3:00 PM

Join us for what is always a poignant and moving service as the Cathedral Choir is dismissed at the end of the academic year.

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HAME - a voyage around my father

Sunday 22 July at 6:00 PM
Prior's Hall

Sid Chaplin, a much-loved and critically-acclaimed chronicler of working-class culture in the North East, is celebrated in this talk from his son, Michael Chaplin.


 

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Education Volunteering Open Afternoon

Monday 30 July at 1:30 PM

1.30-4.00pm

Durham Cathedral's Education team will be hosting a open afternoon for those who are interested in becoming a volunteer member of the Education team. All are welcome to the afternoon which will include sessions both inside the Cathedral and on the woodlands and riverbanks around the Cathedral, and cake!

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Organ Recital Series

Wednesday 1 August to Wednesday 12 September at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

1 August - 12 September, every Wednesday

Join us for our organ recital series, featuring some of Britain's greatest organists.

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Berkshire Choral International UK- Puccini & Gounod

Saturday 4 August at 7:30 PM

Over 150 singers from around the world come together for this performance of Puccini's Messe di Gloria and Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass.

 

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Children's bat walk

Monday 6 August at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral, Cloister

7.00pm

Join us for bat themed activities in the cloister. Learn about the bats that live in the Cathedral and watch them as they emerge from their roosts.

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August History Walk

Saturday 11 August at 10:30 AM
Woodlands and Riverbanks
A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral’s historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. Meet at the vistor desk inside the Cathedral. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

 

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Bat walk

Friday 24 August at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral & the Woodland and Riverbanks
7.00pm

Take a gentle stroll along the riverbanks to find out more about the bats of Durham.  You may see pippistrelles, daubentons and noctules foraging for food.  The walk starts at the North Door of the Cathedral, off Palace Green. 

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August Photography Evening

Thursday 30 August at 6:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

A special opportunity to spend a summer evening with your camera inside Durham Cathedral.  

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Heritage Open Days - Allotment Garden

Saturday 8 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Deanery Wall Paintings 10am

Saturday 8 September at 10:00 AM
The Deanery

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Deanery Wall Paintings 12pm

Saturday 8 September at 12:00 PM
The Deanery

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Deanery Wall Paintings 2pm

Saturday 8 September at 2:00 PM
The Deanery

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Chapter House

Saturday 15 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Armistice: living with the peace

Tuesday 25 September to Saturday 5 January at 10:00 AM

Runs to early 2019
The Collections Gallery, Open Treasure

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.


 

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British Sign Language Tour of Open Treasure

Saturday 3 November at 3:00 PM

We invite visitors to join our innovative tours of the whole of Open Treasure, incorporating both our permanent displays and temporary exhibitions, Armistice: Living with the peace.

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Festival of Remembrance Concert

Saturday 10 November at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral
A moving concert to remember those who have given their lives for their country and serving soldiers who put their lives at risk for our liberties today.  The 2018 Festival of Remembrance concert will be particularly poignant as we commemorate the centerary of the end of the First World War. 

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G4 Christmas Tour 2018

Thursday 6 December at 7:30 PM

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric “G4 Christmas” tour across the UK in November and December 2018.

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Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir - The Messiah

Saturday 15 December at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Choir is joined by the Avison Ensemble, for a festive performance of Handel's famous oratorio. Soloists will be from within Durham Cathedral Choir, the orchestra is led by Pavlo Beznosiuk. 

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The Snowman Tour

Friday 28 December to Friday 28 December at 7:00 PM

Join us as we host The Snowman Tour for one day only. 

Screenings also taking place at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

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St John Passion

Sunday 14 April at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Choir joins forces with the Avison Ensemble to perform Bach’s stunning St John Passion on the evening of Palm Sunday 2019. This unmissable concert will be conducted by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral.  The orchestra will be led by reknowned period instrument violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk.

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