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What’s On Guide April to September 2019

Things for families to see & do


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Fabulous family events across Durham University this Summer

Clubs Palace Green Library Little Bookworms Little Bookworms is a group for children under 5, their parents and carers. Come along every Monday morning 10.30am-11.30am for fantastic stories, crafts, messy play, singing, games and much more. £1 per child (parents/carers free). No booking necessary, just drop in. For further information please contact +44 (0)191 334 2932. Oriental Museum Little Dragons

To find out more about life in Durham, visit www.durham.ac.uk/ whatson

Little Dragons is the Oriental Museum’s group for under 5s, their parents and carers. Come along every Wednesday between 10am-11am for fun crafts, messy play, object exploration, stories and role playing. £1 per child (parents/carers free). No booking necessary, just drop in. For further information please contact +44 (0)191 334 5691. Oriental Museum Durham Archaeology Explorers Children aged 7-11 years are invited to join Durham University Museums’ Archaeology Club. The group meets on the first Saturday of the month from 2pm-4pm at the Oriental Museum. Through exciting hands-on experiments and activities, the club investigates all aspects of archaeology and explores Durham’s own archaeological secrets. Charges apply. Spaces are limited, so booking is required. For further information please call +44 (0)191 334 5694.

Things to remember: • Events are drop-in and there is no need to pre-book activities, unless otherwise stated.

• Participation in all activities is included in the usual admission price, unless otherwise stated.

• Children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

• Adults without children are generally discouraged from taking part in family events, but may be allowed to do so at the discretion of the event leader, should places be available.

• Activities are generally suitable for children aged 5-11 years, unless otherwise stated.

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April Botanic Garden Mon 1 to Tue 30 April 10am - 5pm

1 Signs of Spring Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

2 Oriental Museum The Great Wall of China Find out how the Great Wall of China Sat 6 April was built and craft your own watchtower. 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Sat 6 & Sun 7 April 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Tue 9 April 1pm - 3pm

3 Wonderful Weaving All through time people have used weaving to make amazingly detailed clothes. Try some of the techniques that people have used throughout British history, from prehistoric weaving to Anglo-Saxon lucet weaving. What patterns can you make?

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Awesome Archives Palace Green Library houses 3,400 metres of archives and artefacts. Sometimes you need to be a detective to work out what people have written. Use our code breaker to work out the secrets that our archives hold. What mysteries will you uncover?

4 Oriental Museum Feisty Frogs Come and see our tiny Ancient Egyptian Wed 10 April frog amulets on display and make your 1pm - 3pm own awesome amulet from clay.

Oriental Museum Autism Friendly Activities: Swell Shells Children with autism, learning or sensory Fri 12 April impairments and their families can take 10am - 12noon part in our quiet time craft activities. See a beautiful Indian shell on display and make a painted shell decoration.

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Oriental Museum Swell Shells See a beautiful Indian shell on display Fri 12 April and make a painted shell decoration. 1pm - 3pm

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Oriental Museum Celebrating Vaisahki Vaisahki is the Sikh New Year festival. Sat 13 April Find out how Sikhs celebrate and make a 1pm - 3pm special kalgi headband.

Palace Green Library Sat 13 & Sun 14 April 1pm - 3pm

Botanic Garden Sun 14 April 10am - 4pm

Palace Green Library Tue 16 April 1pm - 3pm

Swashbuckling Swords Palace Green Library stands on a World Heritage Site, famous for knights and soldiers. Search our Museum of Archaeology and find out all about swords that have been used throughout history. Decorate your sword, name it and take it home.

Green Woodworking Event Local green woodworker, Chris Helliwell, will be demonstrating his traditional wood-turning craft skills using a pole lathe and a shave horse, and giving people an opportunity to have a go.

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6 Easter Eggs Prepare for our new exhibition Wild by making and decorating some of our wonderful animal eggs. Do you know which animals lay eggs?

Oriental Museum Cheery Cherry Blossom Celebrate spring and make a Wed 17 April Japanese cherry blossom picture. 1pm - 3pm

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8 Nature Tales and Legends The gardens are beginning to come to life after the winter. Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, to hear some stories and legends about the natural world (we might even hear a few Durham legends) then enjoy some nature inspired craft.

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Botanic Garden Fri 19 & Sat 20 April 10am - 4pm

Traditional Crafts Weekend Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

9 Oriental Museum Behind the Mask Come and see our new art exhibition Sat 20 April Behind the Mask, inspired by our Ancient 1pm - 3pm Egyptian collection. Make your own Egyptian decoration.

Palace Green Library Sat 20 April 1pm - 3pm

Botanic Garden Sun 21 & Mon 22 April 10am - 5pm

Sat 27 & Sun 28 April 1pm - 3pm

Botanic Garden Mon 29 April to Sun 5 May 10am - 5pm

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Iron Age Round Houses Have you ever visited the Museum of Archaeology? Come and visit today and see our prehistoric objects from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age and construct your own Round House. You might need to make some animals to live in your house with you. Annual Easter Chick Hunt Easter Chicks are hiding in the garden. Pick up your spotter sheet and see how many you can find in this fun family event. This is a selfled activity. We recommend visitors use the entrance at Howlands Park & Ride.

Oriental Museum Glorious Glass See a 1,000 year old glass bottle on Sat 27 April display and paint your own glass jar 1pm - 3pm to take home. Palace Green Library

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Colourful Crowns The Prince Bishops of Durham loved to wear a crown and decorate everything they owned with symbols of crowns. Become royalty for the day and wear a crown upon your head.

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12 National Gardening Week This week is all about gardening. Pick up a free gardening starter kit for children and let them discover how to grow flowers or vegetables. Kits subject to availability.

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May Botanic Garden Wed 1 to Fri 31 May 10am - 5pm

13 Beautiful Birds Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

14 Oriental Museum Japanese Children’s Day Celebrate Japanese Children’s Day, make Sat 4 May cool carp banners and dress up in kimonos. 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Sat 4 & Sun 5 May 1pm - 3pm

Botanic Garden Sat 4, Sun 5 & Mon 6 May 10am - 5pm

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Go Wild at Palace Green Library Our new exhibition is here. This exhibition celebrates the wonderful animals that live in the British Isles. Join us this weekend and make a puppet inspired by the animals in our exhibition. Which one will be your favourite? Traditional Crafts Weekend Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

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15 Oriental Museum Make a Mummy Find out the latest information about Sat 11 May the Ancient Egyptian mummy and make 1pm - 3pm your own mini mummy.

Palace Green Library Sat 11 & Sun 12 May 1pm - 3pm

Protect our Environment Looking after our environment is important, this world is not just ours. We have to share it with all the interesting animals in it. Make a poster to persuade people to look after this world. From recycling, to walking more, to planting more trees, which issues do you think people need to know about?

16 Oriental Museum Buddha’s Birthday Celebrate the most important day in the Sat 18 May Buddhist calendar and join us for crafts, 12noon - 4pm meditation, talks on Buddhism and traditional Buddha Bathing. Suitable for all the family.

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Palace Green Library Sat 18 & Sun 19 May 1pm - 3pm

17 Decorate Durham Next Saturday is Durham Pride and here at Palace Green Library we are getting ready. Celebrate in style by making a rainbow inspired decoration to support the LGBTQ community.

Oriental Museum Darling Dolls To help celebrate Durham Pride and our Sat 25 May new LGBTQ gallery trail, come and learn 1pm - 3pm about the Japanese manga series ‘RozenMaiden’. This is a story about a bullied boy who finds help in the shape of some magical dolls. Make your doll to take home with you, although we can’t promise it will be magical! Palace Green Library Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 1pm - 3pm Botanic Garden Sat 25, Sun 26 & Mon 27 May 10am - 5pm

Botanic Garden Mon 27 May 10am - 4pm

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Durham Pride Weekend This weekend Durham Library and Museum are marching in Durham’s Pride festival. Celebrate important LGBTQ people from history by writing poems and letters to them. 18 Traditional Crafts Weekend Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

Annual Friends of the Garden Plant Sale 19 A wide selection of plants and seeds will be available for purchase. There will also be cacti and succulents for sale from the Teesside branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society.

Oriental Museum Powerful Portraits Spot some portraits in our new photography Wed 29 May exhibition Homelands and create your own 1pm - 3pm powerful portrait to take home. 20 Oriental Museum Joyful Jars To help celebrate Durham Pride and our Fri 31 May new LGBTQ gallery trail, come and learn 1pm - 3pm about Pharaoh Hatshepsut. As the ruler of Ancient Egypt she wore her own… beard. Come and make your own and look at her perfume jar on display.

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June Summer in the City Festival Sat 1 to Sun 30 June A month-long festival of creative events, workshops, talks and exhibitions taking place across Durham City featuring music, theatre and art. The festival will include an outdoor selling exhibition, music concerts in the cathedral, The Bailey Gallery art tours and theatre performances at venues including the oriental Museum, Palace Green Library and University Colleges. See www.summercity.org for programme details.

Botanic Garden Sat 1 to Sun 30 June 10am - 5pm

21 Fabulous Flowers Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

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Oriental Museum Celebrating Eid Prepare for Eid, the Muslim festival Sat 1 June marking the end of Ramadan, and make 1pm - 3pm a glittery moon and star decoration. Palace Green Library Sat 1 & Sun 2 June 1pm - 3pm

Inspired by Durham’s Bailey Gallery 22 In June this year, we are celebrating creativity in Durham with our wonderful Summer in the City festival. This month we will be giving Art Tours around the Bailey. This weekend we would love you to make art inspired by the University collection.

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Oriental Museum Touch Tour Special Event Visitors with visual impairments are Sat 8 June invited to this special touch tour event. 2pm - 4pm Specially selected museum objects on the theme of home will be available to handle. Places are limited, booking is essential. For further information and to book visit www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum Free of charge. Palace Green Library Sat 8 & Sun 9 June 1pm - 3pm

Inspired by Salvador Dali Discover a little more about the artist Salvador Dali and create your own artwork inspired by this surrealist’s illustrations for Biblia Sacra.

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Palace Green Library Sat 15 & Sun 16 June 1pm - 3pm

Traditional Crafts Weekend Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

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25 Inspired by Wild During June, we have so much going on, from the Summer Festival to our Wild Exhibition. Get messy and make wildlife prints, from butterfly wings to fox’s paws to leaping salmon scales.

26 Oriental Museum Lovely Landscapes Get inspired by our new exhibition all Sat 22 June about Chinese jade and create your own 1pm - 3pm landscape picture to display in the gallery.

Palace Green Library Sat 22 & Sun 23 June 1pm - 3pm Botanic Garden Sat 29 June 11am - 4pm

Inspired by our Durham University Students Durham University students have curated their own exhibition for this year’s Summer in the City Festival. Find out more about it and make your own artwork, inspired by their curated selection. Face Painting Fab Faces will be in the garden. Come along and have your face painted with flowers, butterflies, glitter or animals.

Oriental Museum Super Snakes See a Japanese snake model on display Sat 29 June and make your own slithery serpent. 1pm - 3pm Palace Green Library Sat 29 & Sun 30 June 1pm - 3pm

Inspired by our Western Art Collection 27 As Durham’s Summer in the City Festival ends, we will be making artwork in response to our art collection exhibition at Palace Green Library. Join us and take inspiration from all of the beautiful works that you have seen during June.

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July Botanic Garden Mon 1 to Wed 31 July 10am - 5pm

28 Signs of Summer Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

29 Oriental Museum Mini but Mighty See our miniature Indian paintings on Sat 6 July display and paint your own masterpiece. 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Sat 6 & Sun 7 July 1pm - 3pm

Botanic Garden Sun 7 July 10am - 4pm

Sparkling Flying Salmon Our exhibition Wild is all about some of the most beautiful animals in the British Isles. Salmon are famous for leaping high out of the water, so high that they look like they can fly! Make a Flying Salmon that will sparkle in the sky.

MG Car Display The Durham MG Owners’ Club was formed in 2001 for local car enthusiasts interested in MG cars, both classic and modern. This informal gathering will showcase up to 20 cars representing models produced from the late 1940s through to the early 2000s. Visitors will be invited to nominate their favourite car on display.

30 Oriental Museum Chinese Calligraphy Meet the student curators of our new Sat 13 July exhibition and create some no-mess Chinese 1pm - 3pm calligraphy. No experience necessary.

Botanic Garden Sat 13 & Sun 14 July 10am - 5pm

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Palace Green Library Sat 13 & Sun 14 July 1pm - 3pm

31 Animal Games Make and play with your own classification game to help you learn all about animals in the British Isles. Test your knowledge and learn new facts with your friends and family.

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Oriental Museum Wonderful Weather Celebrate summer by making a Japanese Sat 20 July weather doll and make a wish for sunshine… 1pm - 3pm or rain. Palace Green Library Sat 20 & Sun 21 July 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Tue 23 July 1pm - 3pm

32 Stunning Stag Beetles Step into our museum and explore our Wild Exhibition. Stag beetles are wonderful creatures with wonderful crown like antlers on their heads. Make your own mini stag beetle with beautifully decorated antlers.

Nest Making Using materials from nature, build your own mini nest. From twigs, feathers and leaves, you can even add some sparkle to it. Try to imagine which birds might live in your nest and what they might keep safely concealed beneath their feet.

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Oriental Museum Festival of Archaeology Special Event 33 The Ancient Egyptians celebrated the new Wed 24 July year with a festival called Wepet Renpet. 2pm - 4pm Join us for an afternoon of Ancient Egyptian fun, including crafts, stories and getting hands-on with archaeological objects. Why not come dressed up as an Ancient Egyptian too? Suitable for children aged 7-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places limited, booking essential. To find out more visit www.durham.ac.uk/ oriental.museum Botanic Garden Thur 25 July 10.30am - 4pm

Marko’s Circus Workshop Learn circus tricks, including how to juggle and spin plates, at this fun workshop.

34 Oriental Museum Terrific Tiles Spot some terrific tiles on display in the Fri 26 July galleries then paint your own ceramic tile 1pm - 3pm to take home.

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Oriental Museum Fan-tastic Make a Chinese fan. Sat 27 July

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Palace Green Library Sat 27 & Sun 28 July 1pm - 3pm

Botanic Garden Mon 29 July 10am - 4pm

Palace Green Library Tue 30 July 1pm - 3pm

Collections, Care and Conservation This weekend, join our Durham University Students and learn what conservation is. Collection care and conservation aims to help prolong the life of objects; it is important to look after and care for them so they can last long into the future.  

36 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Join us for a day of bear-related fun. Bring your own teddy, enjoy bearrelated craft activities and storytelling.

Follow the Footprints When Zoologists are looking for animals they use lots of tracking skills. Following footprints is the easiest way to find your animal to study. Make your own prints for one of the animals in our Wild exhibition. 

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Oriental Museum Magic Metal There are lots of things made of metal Wed 31 July in the Oriental Museum. Spot some 1pm - 3pm metal objects then try embossing your own metal decoration. 37 37 Self-guided Visits to Durham Castle Experience a self-guided visit to Wed 31 July & Durham Castle and stroll around at Thur 1 Aug your own pace. Our knowledgeable 11.15am - 4.15pm guides and volunteers will be around to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden histories of the castle. Normal charges apply.

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August Botanic Garden Thur 1 to Sat 31 Aug 10am - 5pm

38 Marvellous Mini Beasts Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

Oriental Museum Super Sun Prints Check out our photography exhibition Fri 2 Aug and make a sun print. 1pm - 3pm

Oriental Museum The Super Sage King Find out about the Sage King of Sat 3 Aug Korea and make your own crown. 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Sat 3 & Sun 4 Aug 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Tue 6 Aug 1pm - 3pm

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In the Wild Badges Have you visited our Wild exhibition? Make your own badge as a souvenir to remember visiting our wonderful exhibition. Which animal will inspire the design for your badge?

40 Prehistoric Pioneers Come and see our Museum Studies students’ exhibition in the Museum of Archaeology. Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. Curated by the MA Museum Studies students, this exhibition gives a face to prehistoric people, and challenges the idea these were ‘primitive’ societies.

Self-guided Visits to Durham Castle Experience a self-guided visit to Durham

Tue 6 & Castle and stroll around at your own pace. Wed 7 Aug Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers 11.15am - 4.15pm

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Botanic Garden Thur 8 Aug 10am - 4pm

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42 Crazy Creatures Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting for the day. Animal encounters with rabbits, frogs, snakes, spiders, mice and other animals to enjoy.

Oriental Museum Autism Friendly Activities: Scary Scarabs Children with autism, learning or sensory Fri 9 Aug impairments and their families can take part 10am - 12noon in our quiet time craft activities. Spot the Ancient Egyptian scarab beetles on display and make your own from clay.

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43 Oriental Museum Scary Scarabs Spot the Ancient Egyptian scarab beetles Fri 9 Aug on display and make your own from clay. 1pm - 3pm 43

Oriental Museum The Ancient House of Wisdom Find out about the House of Wisdom in Sat 10 Aug ancient Baghdad and make a telescope. 1pm - 3pm

Botanic Garden Sat 10 & Sun 11 Aug 10am - 5pm

Palace Green Library Sat 10 & Sun 11 Aug 1pm - 3pm

Traditional Crafts Weekend Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

44 Creative Camouflage Find out how animals adapt to their environment. How do stripes and spots help creatures survive and thrive? Find out the answer by making your own camouflaged creature and a habitat for them to hide in.

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Palace Green Library Tue 13 Aug 1pm - 3pm

Durham Wildlife Trust’s Proggy Patterns With increasing urbanisation and greater pressures on our environment, the need to protect our wildlife has never been greater. Durham Wildlife Trust’s vision, for a future where people and wildlife can not only coexist but thrive, can be realised if we all play our part to protect our natural environment. The ‘My Wild Sunderland Proggy Mat’ is an artistic representation of Sunderland brimming with wildlife, clean air and healthy watercourses - but the mat is unfinished! We would like to invite anyone who shares our hope and vision for this future to add their thread to the mat and help us illustrate how we can all work together to create the future we aspire to.

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Self-guided Visits to Durham Castle Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Tue 13 & Castle and stroll around at your own pace. Wed 14 Aug Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers 11.15am - 4.15pm will be around to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden histories of the castle. Normal charges apply. Durham Castle

Oriental Museum Beautiful Bracelets Find out about life in Tibet, and make a Wed 14 Aug Tibetan-inspired bead bracelet. 1pm - 3pm

45 Oriental Museum Powerful Pots Explore the museum, find your favourite Fri 16 Aug pot and make your own pot from clay. 1pm - 3pm

Oriental Museum Shady Shadows Make a traditional Chinese shadow Sat 17 Aug puppet. 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Sat 17 & Sun 18 Aug 1pm - 3pm

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47 Happy Habitats In the North East, we are surrounded by such beautiful landscapes. Draw our animals in their natural or unbelievable landscapes. Why do these animals like to live in weird and wonderful places? Can you work out why?

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Self-guided Visits to Durham Castle Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Mon 19 & Castle and stroll around at your own pace. Tue 20 Aug Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers 11.15am - 4.15pm will be around to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden histories of the castle. Normal charges apply. Palace Green Library Tue 20 Aug 1pm - 3pm

Every Bee Needs a House Animals live in all sorts of places, this week, we would love you to make a bee house. Bees are vital to our world and we need to protect and help them.

Oriental MuseumZingy Zen Make your own mini zen garden. Wed 21 Aug 1pm - 3pm

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Botanic Garden Tales From Around the World Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, for a Thur 22 Aug story-walk around the gardens. As we walk, 11am - 3pm Elizabeth will tell stories and legends from some of the countries the wonderful plants in our gardens are from. After the walk, we’ll head back to the greenhouse to create our own legends. The story-walk will last between 30 and 40 minutes. Oriental MuseumMighty Maces Maces were used in Ancient Egypt as Fri 23 Aug signs of power and authority. Make your 1pm - 3pm very own stick of power! 50 Oriental MuseumPesky Pests Find out how museums protect their Sat 24 Aug collections from hungry insects and make 1pm - 3pm your own museum bug to take away.

Palace Green Library Sat 24 & Sun 25 Aug 1pm - 3pm

51 Who says ‘twit-twoo’? One of the taxidermy animals in our current exhibition is an owl. We would like you to create a twit-twooing owl covered in beautiful feathers to take away with you. Which other birds can you see in our exhibition?

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Botanic Garden Traditional Crafts Weekend Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, Sat 24, Sun 25 an artist and card designer, will be & Mon 26 Aug demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les 10am - 5pm takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques. Palace Green Library Tue 27 Aug 1pm - 3pm

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Rocking Recycling We need to help conserve our world for all of the creatures living here. Use recycled materials to make your own creature inspired by one of the animals in our exhibition Wild. Make them as weird, wonderful and wild as can be.

52 Self-guided Visits to Durham Castle Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Tue 27 & Castle and stroll around at your own pace. Wed 28 Aug Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers 11.15am - 4.15pm will be around to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden histories of the castle. Normal charges apply.

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Oriental Museum Great Games: Go Learn to play one of the most ancient board Wed 28 Aug games in the world, at over 2500 years old, 1pm - 3pm and still widely popular today. Oriental Museum Beautiful Bes Jars Bes was the Ancient Egyptian God of children. Explore our Ancient Egyptian galleries and make your own Bes jar.

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Oriental Museum Ker-ching Check out our gold coins on display and Sat 31 Aug design your own mega-money to take home. 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Sat 31 Aug & Sun 1 Sept 1pm - 3pm

Beautiful Bookmarks Start back the school term in style with a beautiful bookmark. You can use our Wild Exhibition to help make a cheeky animal bookmark to remember the page in your favourite book.

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September Botanic Garden Sun 1 to Mon 30 Sept 10am - 5pm

54 Terrific Trees Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

55 Oriental Museum Super Stars Check out our Chinese astronomical Sat 7 Sept clock and make a super star decoration. 1pm - 3pm

Palace Green Library Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sept 1pm - 3pm

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56 Autumn Hedgehogs It will soon be time for many animals from the British Isles to hibernate. Help get that autumn feeling by making a hedgehog inspired by all of those beautiful autumn colours. 56

Josephine Butler College, next to the Botanic Garden Sun 8 Sept 10am - 4pm

57 Durham Orchid Show Enjoy displays from Orchid Societies and the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers. Visitors are welcome to bring any of their own plants along to the show if they would like advice about them. There will also be cultural talks by guest speakers and plenty of opportunity to ask for guidance. Organised by Darlington and District Orchid Society, and with the support of Durham University, the show is a very popular and enjoyable event. Entry to the Orchid Show is free. Standard admission charges apply for the Botanic Garden. Parking is available at Howlands Park & Ride.

Oriental Museum Into the Afterlife Find out about the Ancient Egyptian afterlife Sat 14 Sept and make a shabti figure to take home. 1pm - 3pm

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Botanic Garden Traditional Crafts Weekend Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an Sat 14 & artist and card designer, will be demonstrating Sun 15 Sept their skills in the garden. Les takes much of 10am - 5pm his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

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58 From Caterpillar to Butterfly Learn about the life-cycle of the caterpillar as it turns into a butterfly. You can even take one of these creative critters home with you. Butterfly wings are usually symmetrical and colourful. Can you make one out of pegs?

Oriental MuseumAwesome Archers The crossbow was invented in China. Sat 21 Sept Make your own bow and arrow. 1pm - 3pm

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Where is my Home? Visit today and make your own matching game to play with your friends and family. There are many animals in our exhibition, Wild, can you work out what their homes look like?

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Palace Green Library Sat 28 & Sun 29 Sept 1pm - 3pm

60 Friendly Foxes In our exhibition, you will find a beautiful red fox. Foxes live in many places, from the countryside to the city. Can you make a fuzzy friend today?


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Temporary Exhibitions Palace Green Library Wild: A Celebration of the Natural History of the British Isles Sat 18 May to Sun 6 Oct 2019

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From high peaks and valleys to meandering rivers and powerful seas – see how animals have adapted to live and thrive in the varied environments of the British Isles. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of Britain’s most elusive animals close up and personal in this family friendly exhibition. For admission charges and opening hours visit www.dur.ac.uk/palace.green/whatson/

Oriental Museum The Art Studio Presents: Behind the Mask Running until Sun 2 June 2019

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The Art Studio is a Sunderland-based mental health charity that provides support to improve the lives of members through art. Members of The Art Studio have taken part in a series of workshops at the Oriental Museum focused on the museum’s Ancient Egyptian collections. Members discovered and learnt about the Ancient Egyptian collections at the museum and created art inspired by these visits and the museum artefacts. The art displayed reflects the varied interests of group members. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media and styles.

Oriental Museum In Pursuit of Elegance; Chinese Jades from the Gerard Arnhold Collection Fri 14 June to Sun 15 Sept 2019

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Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library Prehistoric Pioneers Fri 14 June to Sun 24 Nov 2019 Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. Curated by the Museum and Artefact Studies MA students, this exhibition gives a face to prehistoric people, and challenges the idea these were ‘primitive’ societies.

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Oriental Museum Homelands: Documenting Centuries of Cham Migration Running until Mon 16 Sept 2019

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The Cham are an ethnic minority group from Southeast Asia. Historically, Cham territory included several kingdoms in, what is today, central and southern Vietnam, but, as a result of repeated defeats and persecution, the Cham were dispersed throughout the region. Cham communities can now be found on Hainan island in the South China Sea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia as well as further afield in the US, Canada, France and Australia.

Accessible Tours The Oriental Museum runs regular tours for visitors with sensory impairments. To find out more about our programme of touch tours, please see: www.durham.ac.uk/ oriental.museum

In 2016, photographer James Sebright travelled around the South China Sea region, meeting Cham communities in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. This exhibition reveals the outcomes of his work documenting the lives and livelihoods of the Cham diaspora.

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Heritage Open Days Fri 13 - Sun 22 Sept 2019

Heritage Open Days celebrate the country’s fantastic places, history and culture.

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Durham University Museums and Attractions are again participating in the Heritage Open Days, celebrating the unique architecture and extensive history of the beautiful City of Durham. Some of our museums and attractions will be offering free admission, whilst others will be running a range of activities for children and adults. Oriental Museum Fri 13 - Sun 22 Sept Free entry throughout. Durham’s World Heritage Site Sat 14th Sept, 11am and 2pm Join us to see the beauty and learn some of the history of the fascinating buildings that dominate Durham’s World Heritage Site. A guided walk around Palace Green with the World Heritage Site Team, explaining the significance of the Durham World Heritage Site, and how the site evolved over time. This is an outdoor walk, so don’t forget your umbrella if it looks like it might be raining. Please contact the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre to reserve a place on the tour on 0191 334 3805, visitor.centre@ durham.ac.uk

Western Art Collection Sat 14 Sept, 2pm ‘Working with the Western Art Collection’ Join our curator to learn about our work with Durham’s Western Art Collection before a tour of the current exhibition. Meet at Palace Green Library reception desk.

Booking essential as spaces are limited, contact artcollection@durham.ac.uk

Durham Castle Sun 15 Sept, 12.15pm - 3.15pm

hourly. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please contact: 0191 334 2932 or castle.tours@durham.ac.uk to book your place.

Self-guided Visits to Durham Castle

Oriental Museum Sat 21 Sept, 11am and 2pm

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle and stroll around at your own pace. Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers will be around Durham Castle to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden histories of the castle.

Heritage Open Day: Special Event

Please note that there may be queues, as there is a limit on the number of people that can be in Durham Castle at one time. There is no need to book.

Durham’s World Heritage Site Sun 22 Sept

Durham Castle Thur 19 Sept, 10.15am - 4.15pm Guided Tours of Durham Castle Offering guided tours, to be booked through Palace Green Library. Tours at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm. Take part in a free tour of Durham Castle. Tours will take place

Curator-led tour of the galleries telling some behindthe-scenes stories of our collections. No need to book in advance.

Demonstrations by our visiting stonemason, Neil Molloy, in the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. Enjoy our exhibits to learn more about the site and visit the current exhibition.

Durham’s World Heritage Site Please visit our website for any further details or events that may be arranged closer to the time - www. durhamworldheritagesite. com/visit/whs-visitor-centre


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World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Durham Castle Guided Tours

The World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, on Owengate, Palace Green, enhances the experience of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle. The Visitor Centre provides visitors with an overview of what a World Heritage Site is, what makes Durham significant, and what there is to see and do on the peninsula.

Durham Castle is a unique building with over 1,000 years of history. Today, it is a Grade I Listed Building, an Accredited Museum, part of the World Heritage Site and home to University College, the founding college of Durham University. Enjoy a tour around this unique building and discover some of the history that has put Durham on the map.

The Visitor Centre also provides a central point of information about places to visit on the World Heritage Site including the Castle and the Cathedral, with its Claustral Buildings, housing the Treasures of St Cuthbert. The Centre also complements the work of Durham University Palace Green Library on the opposite side of the green. Like the rest of the World Heritage Site, the Visitor Centre provides interactive experiences for visitors including exhibitions, performances and hands-on family activities. We have visits from Neil Molloy, of Swallow Heritage, demonstrating the stonemason’s art and drop-in days with the Durham Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers scheduled throughout the summer. The World Heritage Site Visitor Centre can be contacted on visitor.centre@durham.ac.uk or on +44 (0)191 334 3805. For more information on the Durham World Heritage Site visit: www.durhamworldheritagesite.com

Tours during University Term Mon 29th April to Fri 28 June 2019 Tours are normally available every afternoon of the week at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Tours during University Vacations Sat 23 March to Sun 28 April 2019 Tours are normally available at 10.15am and 11.15am 12.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Sat 29 June to Sun 29 Sept 2019 Tours are normally available at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, then starting at 1.45pm every half an hour till 4.15pm. To book a tour and for daily information on guided tour times visit www.dur.ac.uk/ durham.castle or contact Palace Green Library on +44 (0)191 334 2932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on +44 (0)191 334 3805.


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Other Attractions Durham University has a wealth of other attractions, offering a range of events, musicals, concerts, lectures and workshops for all ages. For the full listing, visit www.durham.ac.uk/whatson or visit the individual sites below. 1. Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) The IAS offers an extensive and thought-provoking programme of public lectures and seminars covering a myriad of topics, all tackling themes of public interest. Talks are free and open to all. Please visit our website for more information and lecture listings: www.durham.ac.uk/ias

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Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2589 Email: enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk 2. Durham Student Theatre (DST) With an exciting variety of cutting edge drama, epic musicals, hilarious sketch comedy and intimate productions, DST brings the best of British and International theatre to Durham. Please visit our website for more information and performance listings: www.durham.ac.uk/DST Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1419 Email: student.theatre@durham.ac.uk 3. Musicon Musicon is the University’s Public Concert Series. Administered by the Department of Music, Musicon promotes twelve concerts throughout the year, as well as a regular lunchtime concert series. Please visit our website for more information and performance listings: www.durham.ac.uk/musicon Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3156

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Durham University Venues Oriental Museum

Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5694 oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum Opening times: Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Weekends & Bank Holidays: 12noon-5pm

Admission: Adults: £1.50, Child (5-16) & 60+: £0.75, Family (2+3): £3.50, Students & U5s: FREE Additional information: Wheelchair access, accessible toilet, baby-changing, café, shop and limited free parking.

Botanic Garden

Hollingside Lane, Durham DH1 3TN Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5518 botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/botanic.garden Opening times: March – Oct, 10am-5pm. Nov – Feb, 10am-4pm.

Admission: Adults: £4, Child (5-16): £1.50, 60+, Wheelchair Users and Reg. Disabled: £3, Students & U5s: FREE. Additional information: Wheelchair access, accessible toilet, baby-changing, café, shop and free parking.

Palace Green Library: Exhibitions & Special Collections

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2932 pg.library@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/palace.green Opening times: Mon: 12noon-4.45pm , Tue – Fri: 10am-4.45pm See website for details of programme.

Admission: For exhibition admission charges please visit website. Additional information: Wheelchair access, accessible toilet, baby-changing, café and shop.

Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2932 castle.tours@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/durham.castle Guided tours: Adult £5, Concessions (60+, students, U16s) £4.00, Family day ticket (2+3)

£15, Group rates (10+) £4.50, Child / Senior citizen £3.50. Additional information: Limited wheelchair access, please speak to staff for specific details.

Museum Of Archaeology

Palace Green Library, Durham DH1 3RN Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2932 archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/archaeology.museum Opening times: Mon: 12noon-4.45pm, Tue – Sun: 10am-4.45pm

Admission: Free of charge Additional information: Accessible toilet, baby-changing, café and shop.


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