950th Birthday of Durham Castle

2022 marks Durham Castle’s 950th anniversary. Join us as we celebrate this remarkable milestone and embrace the theme of Reawakening!

Located at the heart of Durham the Castle is a focal point for the college, university and wider community throughout the year we will be hosting a diverse series of events bringing these groups together to celebrate our shared stories and build future history as we tackle the challenges of the 21st century. 

As part of the celebrations, we are excited to announce the return of Durham Castle Lectures! Step into great hall (in person or virtually) as leading experts from around the world grapple with the big questions of our age and the times past.  These talks invite the wider community to engage with both the intellectual and social life of the college in this extraordinary historic setting.

As we approach a millennium of the Durham Castle we recognize that it is the people who live and work here that make it such a unique place be a part of shaping future history and share how castle has impacted you  use the hashtag #castle950 #castleimpact and #futurehistory be sure to stay up to date on our upcoming events through these channels and let us know how you’ll be celebrating.


You can watch recordings from some of our most recent lectures by clicking on the images below.

Castle 950 Talk: 'A strong castle, in their language called Durham' Dr John Munns

Curator in Conversation: Dr Barbara Drake Boehm

"A Beckoning World: Art and Trade in the Time of Bishop Bek" Dr Barbara Boehm