Durham Cathedral celebrates 25 years of Unesco World Heritage status

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STANDING proud above Durham City, historic Durham Cathedral is celebrating 25 years as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

To mark the milestone, an exhibition has opened showcasing stunning views of the grand building.

View of Durham city from the south-east, showing the cathedral and castle (including the then newly restored keep), St Oswald's church with its churchyard, and, in the foreground, the artist himself at work on his picture.''Published in Robert William Billings' Illustrations of the architectural antiquities of the county of Durham. 1846

View of Durham city from the south-east, showing the cathedral and castle (including the then newly restored keep), St Oswald's church with its churchyard, and, in the foreground, the artist himself at work on his picture.''Published in Robert William Billings' Illustrations of the architectural antiquities of the county of Durham. 1846

Called One of the Great Experiences of Europe, the title comes from the renowned architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner, who, in the 1950s, described Durham as “one of the great experiences of Europe to the eyes of those who appreciate architecture”.

The exhibition, which sits within the wider Treasures of Durham University exhibition, on display at Durham University’s Wolfson Gallery, Palace Green Library, brings together a series of historic views of the city to celebrate 25 years since Durham Cathedral and Castle were given the prestigious World Heritage Site status.

The exhibition includes:

l Photographs of Durham from the 1850s to 1960s (including some of the earliest known photographs of the city);

l Oil paintings from the University College collection.

l Some of the earliest prints of Durham in the University’s collections, spanning more than 300 years.

World Heritage Site co-ordinator Seif El-Rashidi said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the historic images of the city in the collections of Durham University. They include familiar scenes as well as views that have changed over the centuries.

“The exhibition will be of interest to residents and visitors to Durham.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday into the new year.

The Wolfson Gallery is open from Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am to 4.45pm, and at weekends from noon to 4.45pm.

* For further information, contact 334 2932, email pg.library@durham.ac.uk or visit www.durham.ac.uk/library/asc.

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