There will be a number of social events over the course of the conference.
WELCOME RECEPTION (MON. EVENING, JULY 17)
St Mary’s College (see location maps) was established in 1899 and is Durham’s third oldest college. Originally, the college was a women-only college, but now has a mixed community of around 750 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate students.
The welcome reception will commence at 19:00 in St. Mary’s dining hall, where a buffet and drinks will be served.
CATHEDRAL RECEPTION & TOUR (TUE. EVENING, JULY 18)
Durham Cathedral is a stunning historic building, which has been voted ‘most beautiful cathedral in Britain’ more than a few times. The cathedral is not only the last resting place of Saint Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede, its cloisters also have a prominent place in the first Harry Potter film.
On the Tuesday evening, the cathedral will remain open exclusively for the EGAS conference, and participants are offered a private tour through the building, followed by a drinks reception and buffet in the cloisters.
EXCURSION TO BEAMISH MUSEUM (WED. AFTERNOON, JULY 19)
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820’s, 1900’s & 1940’s. The museum’s guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century.
Much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, together with portions of countryside under the influence of industrial revolution in 1825. On its 350 acres (140 ha) estate it utilises a mixture of trans-located, original and replica buildings; a huge collection of artefacts, working vehicles and equipment; as well as livestock and costumed interpreters.
The museum has received a number of awards since it opened its present site to visitors in 1972 and has been influential on other “living museums”. It is a significant educational resource, and helps to preserve some traditional north-country and rare livestock breeds.
CONFERENCE DINNER (THU. EVENING, JULY 20)
The conference dinner will take place in the Great Hall of Durham Castle. At 19:00, the evening starts with a pre-dinner drinks reception in the Castle’s gallery, after which a three-course dinner will be served.
Sitting in the heart of Durham’s World Heritage site and occupied continuously since the 11th century the Castle is now home to the students of University College, part of Durham University.
Construction of the Castle began in 1072 under the orders of William the Conqueror, six years after the Norman Conquest of England, and soon after the Normans first came to the North. In defensive terms, Durham Castle was a strategic importance both to defend the troublesome border with Scotland and to control local English rebellions, which were common in the years immediately following the Norman Conquest, and led to the so-called Harrying of the North, by William the Conqueror in 1069.
Since 1837, Durham Castle has been home of University College, the oldest of Durham University’s Colleges. Often mistaken for simply halls of residence, colleges are much more about belonging to a community, with a common identity, traditions, sports teams, societies and activities. Accommodation is just one aspect of being a member of a college.
Approximately 150 students at University College occupy the keep and the rooms along the Norman gallery, while in the Great Hall, meals are served to around 300 people, three times a day – mainly to student members of the college in their first or final years.