New film sheds light on birth of Durham University

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A NEW documentary film sheds new light on the birth of Durham University and the origins of some of its student traditions.

The film, The Durham Story, follows the adventures of Edward Bradley, one of the first Durham University students.

Under the pen name of Cuthbert M Bede, he created comic strips, sketches and watercolours to record his time as a student, providing a unique first-hand account of student life in the mid 19th century.

Produced by the Durham World Heritage Site, the documentary was a joint project involving students, staff and recent graduates of the university.

The film was written by current Durham student Alex Morgan, and directed by Danford Showan, with original music by Guy Hughes, both of whom graduated from Durham last year.

Among contributors to the project were Bill Bryson, Sir Thomas Allen – originally from Seaham Harbour – and broadcaster Jeremy Vine.

To tie in with the release, the Your Durham Story Project will also be launched.

It aims to further chronicle the character and spirit of the university by inviting students and alumni to submit their stories and anecdotes, and to create a comic strip of today’s life in the style of Bradley’s 1840s sketches.

Current students and alumni are invited to send anecdotes, photographs and videos to contribute to this project.

The Durham Story is released this month, and will be premiered in Durham Castle’s Great Hall on Friday, at 8.30pm.

Members of the public wishing to attend the premiere can do so emailing visitor.centre@durham.ac.uk or calling 334 3805.