Upcoming Events


The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment present: Strings On Bowes

3 March, 7.00, £12/£10 concs. (inc. Museum Friends)

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment present: Strings On Bowes

This intimate, informal concert offers the chance to get up close and personal with three members of the acclaimed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. They will perform and discuss popular Baroque pieces, introduce their period instruments and there will be chances for the audience to interact and ask questions. Tickets available exclusively from Durham Gala Theatre box office: https://www.galadurham.co.uk/book-online/?webeventid=3175


Gallery Talk

4 March, 2.15

Gallery Talk Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum's picture galleries.

Music and the Allure of Napoleon

4 March, 3.30

Music and the Allure of Napoleon

What did music mean for Napoleon and those living under his rule? Was it entertainment, escapism or propaganda? Join musicologist Dr Katherine Hambridge from Durham University, and musicians Mark Austin, Oskar McCarthy and Héloïse Werner, for a combined concert and talk exploring how music both supported and undermined the allure of the Napoleonic regime. Together, we will travel through the elegance of the salons, the spectacle of the opera, the irreverent boulevard theatres and the violence and enthusiasm of popular songs in a joyful afternoon of music and song. 

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Napoleon Amongst the Shopkeepers: Jacques-Louis David and England

7 March, 2.30, Free with Admission

Napoleon Amongst the Shopkeepers: Jacques-Louis David and England

Join Dr. Simon Lee, Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Reading, for a look at the English reception of the painter Jacques-Louis David, especially his 1815 exhibition in London, which was open at the same time as Napoleon began his Hundred Days campaign, which ended in his defeat at Waterloo. This talk also explores the process of identifying David’s portrait of Napoleon from 1814, which was unrecognised for many decades. Booking required here.

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A Different England: Mark Sealy OBE

18 March, 2.30

A Different England: Mark Sealy OBE Join Mark Sealy for this talk, organised in conjunction with the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University, which complements the current Only in England exhibition. His interests lie in the relationship between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. Director of Autograph ABP (London) since 199, he has produced artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide, including the recent critically acclaimed project Human Rights Human Wrongs exhibition. 

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