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Exhibitions In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla
14 October 2016 - 30 March 2017

A photographic exhibition portraying the natural and built spaces of Shimla

Shimla is the capital of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. Nursed on nostalgia, the British built Shimla (earlier 'Simla') as their ‘little version of England’ and by extension, of Britain itself, complete with neo-Tudor structures, leisure spots, and imposing residences- from cottages to castles, all complemented by a temperate European weather and landscapes. Today, Shimla serves as a hugely popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and its status as an ‘other’ continues to be celebrated.

Photographer Siddharth Pandey hails from Shimla and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Cambridge, working at the interface of Material Culture Studies and Fantasy Literature. His love for his unique hometown has shaped his photographic vision. The exhibition opens with a comparative photography of spaces in Britain and Shimla, and then continues with a focus on some key built and natural icons that have survived the test of time and inform Shimla's remarkable identity. All images are supported by Siddharth’s writings and reflections on the town’s unique history and his relationship with it.

We are hosting a series of free lecture to go with this exhibition, so please check on our lectures page for further details.

The Museum is open daily (Mon to Fri) 10am to 5pm, (Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays) 12pm to 5pm. We are closed between Christmas and New Year.

On: Wed 26th Oct 2016
Until: Thu 30th Mar 2017
Address: Durham University Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Exhibitions Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection
Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection

McGuinness Gallery, Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Open 21st January to 24th March

Durham University's Western Art Collection contains a significant number of prints by leading artists and is one of the most important university collections of 20th and 21st century art in the
UK. This exhibition explores the different printing techniques used by artists, from early methods of woodcut printing to more contemporary screen and digital printing techniques and features works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi and Patrick Heron.

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 9:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday closed

Free entry

On: 10:00 Sat 21st Jan 2017
Until: 16:00 Fri 24th Mar 2017
Address: Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NP
Children with Cancer Spring Ball

To whom it may concern

I wonder whether you or your Company would be willing to assist us in raising money to support Children with Cancer.

My running colleagues from Darlington Harriers and I will be holding a Spring Ball black tie dinner on the 3rd March at Central Hall, Darlington at Dolphin Centre . The event will include a raffle and auction, where all of the proceeds raised will go directly to the charity.

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children's charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers.

Around 3,600 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. Their aim is to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer. The Children with Cancer Charity number is 298405

If you do feel that you can support us with something to raffle or auction, no matter how small that may be, then please do let me know. You may also like to join us for this fun event for a good cause, tickets are only £30.00 per head.

On: 19:00 Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Until: 00:00 Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Address: Darlington Dolphin Centre, Central Hall, DL1 5RP
Car Boot Sales Baby and Children's Nearly New Sale
Need to declutter? Want to turn your goods into cash ?

Stalls are NOW AVAILABLE to book for our DARLINGTON mum2mum Market.

As a seller you can sell any good quality nearly new baby, children’s and maternity items. So why not have a clear out and sell your outgrown baby and children’s toys, clothes, books and equipment at our award winning pop-up-indoor market. You keep 100% of the proceeds, its hassle free, fun and profitable.

Stalls are to be booked in advanced, so please book your stall and secure your place at

If you love bargains, you will love our market. Save up to 90% from buying new. We bring lots of sellers together all under one roof, there is plenty of free car parking, the event is to be held on ground floor with excellent pushchair access. Please come and join our event and invite all your friends for a fun afternoon of shopping . On at Longfield Academy of Sport, Darlington on Saturday 18 March 2017 from 1-3pm.

On: 1 pm Sat 18th Mar 2017
Until: 3 pm Sat 18th Mar 2017
Address: Longfield Academy of Sport, Longfield Road, Darlington, DL3 0HT
Ladies Night
A night just for you to let your hair down and have a catch up with the girls.... Cocktails will be waiting for you on arrival from our 'Butlers in the Buff'. With a fantastic band appropriately named 'Twice Nightly'.... the night will also include mini massages and pampering as well as an 'Ann Summers representative'' onsite ready to take your orders

£29.99 ( Including Cocktail Drinks reception with canapes bites)

On: 18.30 Fri 24th Mar 2017
Until: 00.00 Fri 24th Mar 2017
Address: The George Hotel, Piercebridge, Darlington, DL23SW
Contact name: George Hotel Piercebridge
Phone number: 01325374576
Contact email: email
Murder Mystery
Our new murder mystery evening allows you to put your investigative skills to the test and enjhoy and evening of "Murder, Mystery & Intrigue", Courtesy of Murder Mystery Productions. The story of "secrets of Suburbia" will unfold during dinner and it will be up to you to work out "whodunit". The evening is great fun, but, be warned they sell out frighteningly fast!
£29.95 per person ( includes a 3 course meal and ticket.)

On: 19.00 Sat 1st Apr 2017
Until: 12.00 Sat 1st Apr 2017
Address: The George Hotel Piercebridge, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3SW
Contact name: The George Hotel Piercebridge
Phone number: 01325374576
Contact email: email
Live Music Take That vs Westlife
They have the look & feel of "Take That" & "Westlife."
It only takes a minute for the four to relight your fire, so have a little patience while they shine on stage with a set of classics from two of the biggest boy band in the UK. Celebrating 25 years of Take That and 20 years of Westlife, this show is not to be missed!

On: 19.00 Sat 8th Apr 2017
Until: 00.00 Sun 9th Apr 2017
Address: The George Hotel Piercebridge, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3SW
Contact name: The George Hotel Piercebridge
Phone number: 01325374576
Contact email: email
Live Music Abba Night
For a fantastic night join our Abba tribute band performing all the band's classics! So dress up to Abba and become a "Super Trooper," and enjoy an"Abba"licious 3 course meal. Dancing is compulsory once you hear those great tunes and there is a prize for the best dressed guest.
£34.95 per person (ticket includes a 3 course meal)

On: 18.00 Sat 6th May 2017
Until: 00.00 Sun 7th May 2017
Address: The George Hotel Piercebridge, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3SW
Tess Tickle - Cabaret Night
Tess Tickle has been performing to sell out audiences for many years now, impersonating a variety of different musical and Hollywood divas, marrying them together with comedy and capturing them in the very best costumes and feathers. Tess Tickle is an award winning drag queen with an equally award winning cabaret show, including stilt walkers with fire and butlers in the buff.
£29.95 per person ( tickets include a 3 course dinner)

On: 18.00 Fri 12th May 2017
Until: 00.00 Sat 13th May 2017
Address: The George Hotel Piercebridge, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3SW
Contact name: The George Hotel Piercebridge
Phone number: 01325374576
Contact email: email
Outdoor Events Rainbow Dash 2017
After the success of the Rainbow event last year, we're running our colour and bubble crazy 5K and 10K events again!

Whilst you are running, walking, skipping or sprinting through the beautiful scenery of Hamsterley Forest on May 21st 2017 you will be covered head to toe in an array of vibrant, environmentally friendly, powder, by our very willing volunteers.

Somewhere along the course you will find last year's popular arrival - BUBBLES! As well as our bubbles, there will also be foam to coat you even more in the Rainbow fun.

For the more serious runner, this year you can enjoy a 10k route, so you get TWICE the colour and bubbles.

If you aren't feeling that energetic but would love to be involved on the day, we are looking for willing volunteers to throw the coloured powder at participants on the route, please call Helen 01388 603003 or email to be one of our VIP Throwers!

Adults £20.00
Ages 10yrs and over £15.00
Under 10yrs FREE (with a fee paying adult)

Adults £25
Aged 12 and over £15 (must have parental consent)

All participants are asked to raise £50 sponsorship, BUT if you would like to be a VIP on the day, all you have to do is pledge to raise £100 and you will receive VIP treatment and goodies on the day.

On: 09:00 Sun 21st May 2017
Until: 16:00 Sun 21st May 2017
Address: Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley, DL13 3NL
Contact name: Helen Kirby
Phone number: 01388 603003
Contact email: email
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