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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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Limited access: Durham University Summer Congregations

Tuesday 26 June to Friday 29 June

Congratulations to all Durham University students who are graduating at this summer's congregation ceremonies. Please note that access to the Nave, East End of the Cathedral and the Bell Chamber is restricted between Tuesday 26 June to Friday 29 June from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

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Ten Minute Talks - Anne-Marie Ashman

Wednesday 27 June at 2:00 PM

Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk on Wednesday 27th of June. 

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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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Henson Study Morning

Saturday 30 June at 10:00 AM
Prior's Hall

Join us for this study morning when we read Henson's diary entries describing the final months of the war and the first months of peace, and Professor Michael Snape assesses the impact of the War on the British churches.

Booking is required as places are limited.

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Ten Minute Talks - Paul Dunn

Saturday 30 June at 2:00 PM

Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk on Saturday 30th of June. 

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Special Service - Ordination of Deacons

Sunday 1 July at 10:00 AM

New Deacons of the Diocese are ordained by the Bishop, and their ministry inaugurated, in a celebratory service at the Cathedral - 10.00am.

Holy Communion - 8.00am.

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July Photography Evening

Thursday 5 July at 6:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

6.30pm - 9.00pm

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


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British Sign Language Tours of Open Treasure

Saturday 7 July 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 exhibition, Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer.

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Special Service - Durham Miners' Gala Festival Service

Saturday 14 July at 3:00 PM

An annual service as part of the Miners' Gala; a vibrant and joyful celebration of County Durham's mining tradition.

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Special Service - Matins for HM Courts of Justice

Sunday 15 July at 10:30 AM

We welcome representatives of the Judiciary of the North-East region to Matins as they gather to give thanks for their role in maintaining the Queen's Peace in our region.

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An Evening with the Choral Scholars of Durham Cathedral

Sunday 15 July at 5:00 PM

A Durham Cathedral Choir Association event. 

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Special Service - The Chorister School Pre-Prep End of Year Service

Tuesday 17 July at 2:30 PM

A short service to mark the end of the academic year for the Pre-Prep Children at the Chorister School.

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Special Service - The Chorister School End of Year Service with Prize-Giving

Wednesday 18 July at 2:00 PM

A year end celebration of the life and the work of The Chorister School, at Durham Cathedral. 

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Durham City Run 2018

Wednesday 18 July at 7:15 PM

You are invited to join Team Durham Cathedral and take part in the Durham City Run 2018. 


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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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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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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.

Please click for further details and booking information.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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