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Current Exhibitions

Throughout the year, Ushaw runs a series of exhibitions, ranging from accounts of the more notable of our alumni, through to art exhibitions of different themes. Visitors can come and see our exhibitions during standard opening hours. Our current exhibitions are detailed below, along with the dates between which they are here:


Sink or Swim? Catholicism in Sixties Britain through John Ryan's cartoons

27th September - 22nd December

An exhibition curated by historian Dr Alana Harris and Isabel Ryan portraying the tumultuous history of the Church in the 1960s, as depicted by the Catholic Herald’s weekly cartoonist John Ryan. This exhibition will be in the Pontop Room.

Image (left): ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ artwork by John Ryan originally produced for Michael Davies’ book The Church Since Vatican II (1985)

Captain Pugwash

27th September - 22nd December

'AHOY ME HEARTIES!' A merry and colourful display of posters that will drop you into the world of John Ryan's Captain Pugwash books and TV films: treasure maps, sea monsters, sea battles, and Pugwash's arch enemy, the wicked Cut-Throat Jake!

This exhibition will be displayed along the Refectory corridor, with merchandise available in the gift shop.

Faith in Exile

In 1568, the small textile town of Douai in Northern France was transformed into a hub of intrigue and rebellion. During the reign of Elizabeth I, the Catholic religion was outlawed and harbouring a Catholic Priest was made punishable by death. As a result, English Catholics had to practice their faith in secret, with many fleeing to the safety of Catholic Europe. This included William Allen, a former member of Queen Mary I government and later Cardinal in the Catholic Church. Allen wanted to make sure the Catholic faith was kept alive in England and therefore established Douai College as a school and seminary for English Catholics.

Douai College became a centre for plots against the Tudor and Stuart governments and sent numerous missionaries secretly back to England with many becoming martyrs to the cause. During the French Revolution, war with England led to the students being forced to leave the College in fear of their lives.  By the 18th century laws against Catholicism started to relax in England which meant the student body could return and subsequently establish Ushaw College in the North and St. Edmund’s Ware in the South.

As of the 5th of July, the silver has been moved into our chapels. 

Chris Younger

The Chris Younger Photography Exhibition 'Ambiguity and Uncertainty in the Deerness Valley' starts 19th April - 29th September. Images will be on display along the corridor leading between the gallery and the refectory, with some prints available in our gift shop. 

 Shield of Faith - Ushaw College at War

Ushaw's own World War One Exhibition focuses on the stories of men from Ushaw who served on the Front Line, including students, teachers and domestic staff. It will also consider the role of a Catholic Chaplain in the conflict and how individual soldiers' faith was influenced by warfare. For more information, visit our page.

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