Durham celebrates heritage milestone

Durham Cathedral seen from the park.
Durham Cathedral seen from the park.
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A CELEBRATION combining music, theatre and exhibitions has kicked off to mark the 25th anniversary of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Durham Castle and Cathedral.

The programme of cultural events will run across the city until Friday.

Canon Rosalind Brown lights the candle in Durham Cathedral in memory of London bomb blast victims

Canon Rosalind Brown lights the candle in Durham Cathedral in memory of London bomb blast victims

Durham University and Cathedral have put together a diverse activities schedule to celebrate the area’s unique heritage, presenting the talents of local, national and international groups.

Durham World Heritage Site was inscribed by Unesco in 1986 and was among the first sites in the UK to be listed in recognition of its outstanding universal value.

Canon Rosalind Brown, chairwoman of the Durham World Heritage Site Co-ordinating Committee, said: “We are very happy to celebrate a site that is hundreds of years old and still retains its place in the hearts of people in the region and the nation, while growing in international recognition.

“A few weeks ago the cathedral was the runaway winner in the poll to find Britain’s favourite building, and Durham University is a World Top 100 University.

“We do not stand still and the fact that parts of the WHS are currently a building site is evidence of some of the ambitious projects underway to restore our buildings and provide 21st-century facilities in medieval spaces.”

A Norman re-enactment will take place tomorrow, bringing Palace Green to life, between 10am and 4pm, showing visitors what Durham might have been like 900 years ago when the cathedral and castle were built.

Entry to The Wolfson Gallery, on Palace Green, which is holding the Treasures of Durham University exhibition, will be free throughout today and tomorrow.

Musical events include the world-famous Polish Radio Choir performing works by the renowned contemporary Polish composer Henryk Gorecki in Durham Cathedral at 7.30 tonight.

Tickets are available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 332 4041.

University College Durham Choir will perform Howard Howells’ Requiem in the Tunstall Chapel of Durham Castle on Thursday, November 10, at 8.30pm.

Information and tickets are available from the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre in Owengate, visitor.centre@dur.ac.uk or 34 3805.

Also available are free tours, talks, exhibitions and the opportunity to see some of the site’s treasures not currently on public display.

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