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Ushaw re-opens for public visits 20th March 2018, Wednesday to Saturday
from 11am until 5pm.
In the meantime ...we remain open (by appointment) for Group Tours; Conferences, Wedding Receptions; Meetings etc.
For more information on who we are, our history and visitor details, click below.
Main House and Chapels
Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-5pm March to December
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.
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.
Friday Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel (next to St Cuthbert’s Chapel) at 12.30 pm on Fridays from 23rd March 2018. Ushaw’s chaplain in residence Canon Bob Spence will deliver the Mass.
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.
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.
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.
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