Category Archives: Heritage

The Friends of Durham Cathedral: Safeguarding the Rich Heritage of the North East for almost 90 years

In this blog post for #HeritageOpenDays 2020, Nanette Tiplady, the Officer Manager of the Friends of Durham Cathedral, details some of her favourite projects that the Friends have supported the cathedral with over the years. We hope you enjoy!

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Power and Remembrance: the surroundings of Durham Cathedral

As part of our celebrations for the 2020 #HeritageOpenDays festival, our Head of Collections, Alison Cullingford, explores some of the spaces and sights just outside the Cathedral. We hope you enjoy!

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In the footprints of the monks: the Durham Cathedral cloisters

The cloisters of Durham Cathedral are once again open to the public, offering a chance to rest and reflect, and a way through to our re-opened shop, restaurant and toilets.

The cloisters are much more than a set of walkways though. When you walk through them, you are truly following in the footsteps of the medieval monks of Durham Priory. For this year’s Heritage Open Days festival, we explore some of the stories behind the medieval cloisters.

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Annotating Aristotle: Exploring a 13th century Library Book

Today we explore a remarkable book which tells us about the people and intellectual life of Durham Priory, the community of Benedictine monks that inhabited the cathedral site during the medieval period. Durham Priory was dissolved in 1539, but this book remains in Durham Cathedral Library’s collections to this day. It has been digitised through the Durham Priory Library project, a joint project with Durham University to facilitate access to remarkable volumes from the cathedral’s collections from anywhere. Find the link to view this book yourself at the end of this article.

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THE INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT NORTHERN SAINTS

As you may know, we had to postpone many of our plans for our Year of Pilgrimage and the launch of the Northern Saints Trails which were scheduled for the Spring. We’re happy to announce that our partners at This is Durham have now made the walking routes lives online and in celebration of this, our Head of Collections, Alison Cullingford, has chosen to dedicate a blog post to the enormous impact of the great northern saints.

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THE STORY OF THE VENERABLE BEDE; THE FATHER OF ENGLISH HISTORY

On the Eve of St Bede’s feast day, what could be more fitting to share than the life story of our beloved St Bede, whose tomb is housed in the Galilee Chapel inside Durham Cathedral. Head of Collections, Alison Cullingford, takes us through Bede’s early years, his time as a monk, his scholarly legacy and his eventual passing.

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A VIRTUAL COLLECTION-RESTORATION, REDESIGN, RENOVATION: DURHAM CATHEDRAL IN THE 19TH CENTURY- PT.2

We bring you the second part of our Restoration, Redesign, Renovation exhibition series, as part of the Museum Association’s national #MuseumFromHome #CultureInQuarantine event today. Part two centres on the cathedral’s grand Neville Screen. 

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