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Durham Castle and Cathedral WHS Management Plan

Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site Management Plan
Public consultation 22nd February to 18th April 2016

I am very pleased to announce that the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site Management Plan draft version is now live for public consultation. This is a very important part of the process of ensuring that our new plan is relevant and useful – your comments are important to us.

Please click on this link https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/management-plan which will take you to our home page where you can find out all about the different ways you can comment on and contribute to the plan.

If you have any problems accessing our site, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Also, please do feel free to forward this message to any colleagues you feel would be interested in the Management Plan.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Jane Gibson
Durham World Heritage Site Co-ordinator
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
7, Owengate,
Email: p.j.gibson@durham.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 3803
Mobile: 07805741211

Durham World Heritage Site Research Strategy Launch Event

The Durham World Heritage Site Research Framework was published January last year.  It aims to promote rigorous, academically informed research to progress our understanding and appreciation of the Cathedral, Castle and their environs.

To view the Strategy click here.

This launch event will provide an opportunity for interested researchers to discuss the priorities for research identified in the Strategy and aims to provide a space for the initial discussions which will lead to future research projects and funding proposals for them.

Please click here to see the programme for a full schedule of the planned activity for the afternoon.

This event will be on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 1.00pm in the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Durham.

If you would like to attend please register your details with Kelly Guy at: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk.

Community Archaeology Exhibition Space Opportunity

Community archaeology exhibition space – Durham

Please read the message below from Gemma Lewis, Deputy Curator (Castle and Archaeology) at Durham University.  If you would like to discuss this with Gemma her contact details are at the end of the message.

Gemma writes:

Many of you may or may not know that the Museum of Archaeology in Durham City has re-opened at Palace Green Library. The exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham. More details online www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology.museum/whatson/exhibitions/gallery/

What is also included in the gallery is a community archaeology space
which showcases the work of local archaeology and history groups from
across the region. The aim is to raise the profile of the work that is
going on across the region and to keep the gallery up to date and
changing with regionally developments. What can be offered to groups
ranges from one or two cases within the gallery right the way through
to including information and objects within the main exhibition.

If this is something that your group (or a group you know) might be
interested please get in touch. We still have a number of slots
available at the end of 2015 and from May 2016.

Best Wishes


Gemma Lewis
Deputy Curator (Castle and Archaeology)
University Library
Palace Green
Durham DH1 3RN

Email: gemma.lewis@durham.ac.uk<mailto:
Palace Green Tel: 0191 33 41214
University College Tel: 0191 33 44139


Norham Castle Excavations: July

NORHAM CASTLE EXCAVATIONS: Friday 10th – Monday 20th July 2015.

Following initial excavations in 2013 a second and final season of Flodden 1513 fieldwork will investigate earthworks on the south side of the castle.

Volunteers please sign up at the following address:


Please indicate which days you would like to attend and your level of experience.

Instruction and equipment will be provided, but volunteers should be
equipped with suitable clothing and footwear as well as a packed lunch.
Working days will be 9-30am – 4-30pm.

Norham Castle 2015 - Volunteer notice

Morpeth Castle Open Day, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015, 10am to 4pm

Morpeth Castle sits on a hill overlooking the River Wansbeck and the town itself. It was built in 1300, more for show than defence but once you are within the curtain wall, you could be inside the most remote Border stronghold.

At 3pm on Saturday 16 May, Morpeth Castle will participate in a shared Golden Moment with the 24 other Landmark Trust properties open across the country. Community music groups will simultaneously perform a specially composed Anthem for Landmark. Here at Morpeth Castle, ‘The Border Directors’ will be performing.

Come and be part of this special moment! If the weather is fine, you are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the grounds.

Free Admission and leaflets on the building’s history, see http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/news-and-events/upcoming-events/morpeth-castle-open-day/ for more information

Hylton Castle Community Open Day

Saturday 16 May 2015, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Free admission

Hylton Castle Community Open Day –  enjoy a range of family fun activities including children’s crafts, storytelling, historical interpretation, castle tours, as well as the opportunity to view the proposed designs for the castle redevelopment.

See Hylton Castle – Community Day for further details of the open day and also to find out more about how to get involved in the Hylton Castle redevelopment project.