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Ushaw is open Wednesday to Friday from 11am til 5pm, and we offer guided tours of our wonderful buildings. For more information on who we are, our history and visitor details, click below.


Registration is now open for the CCS’s conference on 'Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life' at Ushaw College from 8th - 10th January 2018. For more information, visit our page.

Café, Shop, and Museum

Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm                    

Main House and Chapels

Wednesday to Saturday 1pm - 5pm  

In association with The Court Inn in Durham, Ushaw will now be offering food in our magnificent refectory.

Entry to the Main House and Chapels is free. Guided Tours and certain events are chargeable.

Come and sing with Esh Community Gospel Choir

Singing is good for you! Esh Community Gospel Choir would like to welcome you to join us for an afternoon of singing. No experience of ability to read music is necessary, just come along and join us in these uplifting songs. There is no charge for this event, but donations to Ushaw would be welcome on the day!

Piano Recital - Saturday 21st October. 2.30pm

Alex Chisholm-Loxley is a piano teacher, performer and choral singer. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a BAmusic degree, where he studied piano performance with Ian Buckle.  Alex is currently musical director of the newly formed Ushaw Choir, and assistant conductor of the Crook and Weardale Choral Society. The recital includes Chopin - Nocturne, Satie- Gnossienne No.1- Gymnopedie No.1,Debussy - Clair de Lune. Chopin - Waltz C# minor Op.64 No. 2 & Beethoven -Pathetique (complete)


Performers Wanted at Ushaw

Choir at Ushaw - Singers Wanted

Ushaw has a tradition of choral singing going back over 200 years. A new choir is being established to revive and renew that tradition – with hopes to have about 35 singers. 

To get involved, visit our page.

Theatre at Ushaw - Actors, Front and Back Technicians Wanted

Like music, theatre has been a feature of life at Ushaw since its inception in 1808. We want to bring together local people interested in performing and supporting theatrical productions at Ushaw and create a new theatre company. 

To get involved, visit our page.

Announcements and Events

Spirituality at Ushaw

We are delighted to announce that Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel (next to St Cuthbert’s Chapel) at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays by Ushaw’s new chaplain in residence Canon Bob Spence.

Canon Bob was on the staff at Ushaw many years ago and has just retired as Parish Priest at Lanchester.

We hope this will be appreciated by visitors and local people.

Oral History Project: Project-Coordinator post

Ushaw College is seeking an enthusiastic project co-ordinator to join a growing cultural heritage attraction. Ushaw has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an oral history project that will record the stories of the people who taught, were educated, or employed at Ushaw College. The project-coordinator will be in charge of the overall delivery of the oral history project including coordinating volunteers, data collection and liaising with stakeholders. See attached job description for details.

Job description

Portraits from the North East, Crafts People of the North East

Ushaw is proud to present the wonderful second project by the Portraits From The North East photographers, who have worked hard to bring together a collection of photographs featuring the talented crafts people of our region, in the comfort of their own workshops and studios. From the glass blowing of Jane Charles to the dry stone walling of James Mason from Crook; the jewellery-making of Andrew Croft to the magical book-maker Sarah Morpeth, the variety is wide and spectacular. This exhibition is a wonderful display of talent in the North East, and is open now at Ushaw. 

Visit our page for more information.

Ushaw Presents at Christmas - 2nd to 16th of December

Ushaw is inviting County Durham artists and makers to contribute to a new Christmas selling exhibition in its recently refurbished museum exhibition space. Submissions can me made in all mediums including ceramics, digital, drawing, glass, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Artists who live, work, or study in County Durham are invited to submit pieces for the exhibition - there will be a private viewing on Friday 1st December, and all artists will be invited with up to 3 guests.

Our Artist in Residence, Alexandra Carr:

The residency, 'Sculpting with Light: Medieval and Modern Cosmology' confronts human attempts to grasp and master the structure and meaning of the universe. Inspired by Durham’s resources, from illuminated medieval manuscripts to the DiRac2-Super-Computer, I am investigating the world of medieval cosmology from Aristotle to Dante, via Islamic astronomy, in conjunction with the cutting edge of modern galaxy modelling and soft matter physics and material-flow.

I am exploring key themes of medieval and modern cosmology within the project. The central importance of light to the universe in both periods, the notion of power and movement within the heavens, the importance of geometry in establishing sense of place, and ideas about unity and complexity, order and disorder, structure and entropy. Medieval and modern cosmologies have very different premises, but an underlying interest in order, mathematical explanation, and a powerful sense of the incredible scale of the universe.

I am also be working in collaboration with the University of Sunderland, National Glass Centre, Dr Cate Watkinson and Dr Colin Rennie, of the Department of Glass and Ceramics, and their undergraduate and postgraduate students. A film of the project, titled 'Through a Glass Darkly', will be made by film-maker Alan Fentiman.

A message from the Honorary President of Ushaw College

Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East - surprisingly however, it is relatively unknown. We are now opening up our beautiful chapels and performance spaces for an exciting and varied programme of folk, classical, jazz and choral music as well as talks, plays, exhibitions and services. Our impressive buildings and grounds, which are also being restored, are worthy of a visit themselves and will be open, along with our gift shop and Café Ushaw, before and after events as shown in our programme. We hope that as a result, Ushaw will soon be much better known, it will be a major cultural venue for the North East and it will become a special place for local people to pop in and spend time in the beautiful gardens and chapels.

Fr. John Marsland

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