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Past Exhibitions at Ushaw

As each new exhibition is displayed in Ushaw, we sadly have to say goodbye to our current selection. Here you will find a comprehensive list of our previous exhibitions:

Life at the College

Life at Ushaw College in the days when our purpose was to train young boys and men for the Catholic priesthood, the atmosphere was alive and buzzing with achievement and ambition. Visit our page to learn more about the environment that gave rise to some of the finest young men and boys this country had to offer. 

Life at Ushaw

A Precursor to our future 'Life of the College' Exhibition, this exhibition showed images of Victorian and early 20th century Ushaw, and the ways the training of young men changed across these times. Visit our page for more information.

Joe Tasker - Savage Arena

This exhibition tells the story of the life of former Ushaw student and world famous mountaineer, Joe Tasker.  The exhibition contained many of Joe's personal photographs and possessions and also told his story through film. Starting his training in the quarry near our College, Joe Tasker went on to become one of the most accomplished climbers of his generation. Visit our page to learn more.


Ushaw had the privilege of housing some of the famous Canaletto paintings, created by an unknown student of the great artist, whilst they underwent cleaning and consolidation. Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, was an Italian painter of city views or vedute, of Venice. Ushaw was proud to house one such students creations, and is honoured to have been a part of their story. Visit our page for more information.

Science at Ushaw

Ushaw, and its predecessor, Douai, were both firmly rooted in education of all topics, not just theology. Among these was science, or 'natural philosophy', a topic which Ushaw felt a strong need to educate young men about as they took their path towards priesthood.

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