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Events of interest


Important Notice: Coronavirus. Most of the events listed on this page are on-line; for those that are live, please check before setting off that they are still happening. Live events are also likely to require pre-booking (even if free) in order to facilitate social distancing.


July 2021

  • 28 June – 2 July, Fit for a King, online cookery course from Durham University and Blackfriars restaurant, concentrating on recipes from the Forme of Cury, the manuscript cookery book associated with the court of King Richard II (of which there is a copy at Durham). £125, but if you have attended a previous course of theirs and enter the code ZINZIBERPREVIOUS when booking you will get a 25% discount (offer open only for a limited period).
  • 2-3 July, 50th anniversary conference of Study Group on Roman Pottery, hosted by Newcastle University via Zoom. (The organisers and at least half the speakers are our members). Free, must book via Eventbrite, where you can also make a donation and join the Study Group – they welcome new members
  • 6-8 July, 9.00-5.00, Durham University’s Early Modern Conference, no details yet available.
  • 18 July, 3.45, Book launch; Saint Ann's Church and Parish 1768-2018, by Mike Greatbatch and Richard Pears, CANCELLED owing to continued lockdown restrictions.
  • 19 July-6 Aug, Richmond 950 Community Archaeology Dig. At Richmond Castle, organised by Solstice Archaeology with Professor Jim Brightman. Free, no experience necessary, but must register with Eventbrite
  • 19-21 July, Crossing Borders, Contesting Boundaries II, Durham University MEMSA 15th  annual conference, online this year. Running as a digital event, with papers presented as pre-recorded videos and live Q&A sessions held over Zoom. No cost given, but must register.
  • 19-30 July, Palaeography and Latin Online School, £650 (Bursaries of £300 available for those without access to other sources of funding). Ten work packages comprising four core lectures and exercises, ‘real-time’ online tutorials via Zoom. Must apply via online form by 27 June.

Later in the year

  • 8 to 9 Sept, 9.00-5.00, Durham University History of the Book Conference (online). Closing date or proposals for papers, 30 June.
  • 10-19 Sept 2021, Heritage Open Days. Their  online event directory is now live. HODS will be running both in-person and online this year. Over 500 events have been registered so far, including several within Newcastle and nearby.
  • 11 Sept, 10,30-5.30, 'Leeds Minster: ‘noblest among the noble’ of the early-Victorian churches', day conference from the Ecclesiological Society and Leeds Civic Trust, £25, must book by Eventbrite.
  • 15-17 Sept, Fifty Year Anniversary Conference, Swansea Egypt Centre. Online conference to celebrate the dispersal of the Egyptian material at the Wellcome Collection in 1971 to a number of museums, including  Durham’s Oriental Museum. Full details of the conference have yet to be announced, but it will include talks, virtual tours and handling sessions, and other interactive elements.
  • 16 Sept, 7.00, Black Genealogy: Tracing Your Ancestors Back to 1880, Paul Crooks, Gateshead Libraries event, third in a series. £3, must book through Eventbrite. This talk was originally scheduled for 21 April 2021, but was postponed
  • 13 September, 10:00-12.30, Rendered Invisible: Telling LGBTQ stories from the UK's built heritage,  Heritage Trust Network, £5, must book.
  • 6 Nov, 11.00, Fantastic Feasts, Dr Michael Huxtable, 17th Annual Public Lecture in (hopefully) Blackfriars Banqueting Hall, Friars Street, Newcastle, NE1 4XN. More details later.

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